Leader Name
Craig Bess
Open For
08/09/2022 – 12/08/2022
Meeting Time
Once per week; 3 times to choose from

Freed to Lead is for any Christian who wants to become the leader God created them to be. It focuses on your new identity in Christ and teaches participants to examine leadership motives in light of their own significance, security, and acceptance issues.

The class includes one, 90-minute meeting per week in a small group Zoom setting led by FICM staff members, Craig Bess and Amanda Thompson. It runs for 17 weeks. Participants will be expected to read one chapter of the course textbook per week (between 30-50 pages) and be prepared to discuss their observations during the weekly meeting. In addition, there is a process of self-examination that students will work through on their own that should take about 30 minutes per week to complete.

During the length of the course, participants will work through two distinct processes: The Steps to Freedom in Christ and The Steps to Freedom for Leaders.

Some of the major topics covered in the course include:

  • Praying for your sphere of influence
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Identifying and removing personal strongholds
  • Building healthy people systems
  • Overcoming personal and group anxiety
  • Building and keeping trust
  • Overcoming personal pitfalls
  • Overcoming group pitfalls


Three sections / meeting options:

Day of the Week Time First Meeting Last Meeting
Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm CST August 9th December 6th
Wednesday 10:00am – 11:30am CST August 10th December 7th
Thursday 2:00pm – 3:30pm CST August 11th December 8th


All materials listed below are included in registration fee.

Course Materials

Freed to Lead

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Freed to Lead (Participant's Guide)

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The Steps to Freedom in Christ

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A Warrior's Prayerbook

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Who I Am in Christ Devotional

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Your Identity in Christ

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