Leader Name
Craig Bess
Open For
08/09/2022 – 12/08/2022
Meeting Time
Three Meeting Times per Week

Pastors are hurting so badly right now. Most are suffering silently, either waiting “for this season to pass” or holding on as long as possible before finally exiting the ministry. Just reading those words may feel jarring to you because you do a pretty good job hiding that exact kind of struggle. I get it — not too long ago, I was there, too. I was invited into the Freed to Lead course at a time when I was ready to walk away from ministry (I had actually written but not yet submitted my resignation letter to my church). I can’t even begin to describe in this space all the ways this resource has impacted me, but God used Freed to Lead to redeem not just His calling on my life but also my heart. I pray He will do the same for you as a leader who feels worn out, desperate and disconnected or who just feels like you are not experiencing God’s activity in whatever context He has put you in.

– Pastor J


About the class

Join FICM staff members Craig Bess and Amanda Thompson along with Pastor Jamesetta Roach and Pastor Jayson Larson in a small group Zoom setting. We do offer some flexibility in that all sections on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday cover the same material so you may attend any class based on changes in your schedule.

We ask that you be prepared to read and study one chapter a week in the textbook Freed to Lead by Rod Woods and commit to actively participating in the 90 min class each week.

Successful completion of the course includes a day of prayerful examination of your past leadership experience and submitting your future leadership to the Lord Jesus. This extra requirement is truly the greatest blessing of the entire course and will take approximately 8 hours to complete with a prayer partner.

Some of the major topics covered in the course include:

  • Leading in your context
  • Building healthy people systems
  • Overcoming personal and group anxiety
  • Building and keeping trust
  • Overcoming personal pitfalls
  • Overcoming group pitfalls


Three sections / meeting times:

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

Required Material

Freed to Lead

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Required Material

Freed to Lead (Participant's Guide)

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Required Material

The Steps to Freedom in Christ

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Required Material

A Warrior's Prayerbook

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Required Material

Who I Am in Christ Devotional

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Required Material

Your Identity in Christ

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