The River Conference of the Free Methodist Church

Momentum Leadership Initiative (Emerging Church Leaders)


Momentum Leadership Initiative 2024

Momentum Leadership initiative is a one (1) yearlong cohort of young leaders in the River Conference that seeks to equip pastors and lay leaders by:

  1. Providing leadership theory and its application to a variety of ministry settings.
  2. Understanding Emotional and Cultural Intelligence in leadership development
  3. Understanding Spiritual formative practices as the foundation of all leadership


Meets monthly via zoom for 2hours for 9 months. One eight (8) hour retreat, in person.


  1. Leadership role in ministry in a local Free Methodist Church, Free Methodist Church plant, or Free Methodist Affiliated church within the River Conference.
  2. Consideration or participation in the denominational credentialing system.
  3. A letter of support from the lead Pastor of your church or District Leader if you are the lead pastor.
Meeting Focus Assignment
January Calling and Mission

Reading: The entire gospel of Mark in at least 2 of the following versions:

CEB, NRSV, FNV, Scot Mcknight, NLT.

February Disciplines of a kingdom leader Reading: The well Formed Life  (Villodas)
March Healthy Leaders Reading: The Vulnerable Pastor  (Smith)
April Prayer Intensive Prayer Initiative Retreat – Emmanuel Pines Camp (Prescott, Az)
May Team Leadership Reading: Leading Together (Sims)
June Free Methodist leadership Distinctives Reading: Free Methodist Way on
August Love Driven Justice Reading: Beyond Immigration (Gonzalez)
September Church Health Reading: Metanoia (Hirsch and Kelly)
October Discipleship Reading: Ordinary discipleship (Cruickshank)
November Trauma-informed Pastoral Care Reading: The Lord is my Courage (Ramsey)


Other Readings

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod E Bolsinger, IVP Books, 2018, ISBN-13: 978-0830841264

Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest:  From Sabbath to Sabbatical by Ruth Haley Barton, IVPress, 2022, ISBN: 978-1514002636

Leading Together: The Holy Possibility of Harmony and Synergy in the Face of Change by Bryan D. Sims, 100 Movements Publishing, 2022, ISBN-13: 978-1955142120

Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change by Tod E Bolsinger, IVP Books, 2020, ISBN-13: 978-0830841646


Please complete for your registration to the Momentum Leadership Initiative 2024