2019 Leadership Series


United Methodist Foundation Leadership Series are hosted monthly and are facilitated by world-renowned coach and consultant, Dr. Ron Martoia. Each Leadership Series is broken up into 2 - 90 minute sessions.


Upcoming Series:

When: May 7, 2019

Time: 9:00am - Noon

Where: The United Methodist Foundation at Birmingham-Southern College

Cost: $25.00 per slot




Session 1: Ideas: The Currency of Tomorrow


Session 2: Team Chemistry: A Critical Key to Stellar Environment


A testimony about the Leadership Series...

"I personally want to say a big “thank you” to the North Alabama United Methodist Foundation and Ron Martoia for making the Foundation Leadership Series available. I and several of the key-leadership of Columbiana UMC attended almost every session in 2018 and each time came away with useful and inspiring ideas applicable and realistic for our church setting and context. Almost a year ago, we decided to get intentional about a discipleship process that would serve to assimilate new members into the life of our church. We started with our own simple ideas. That got the ball rolling, but the insights we walked away with enabled us to align and bring into focus our vision, mission, resources, ideas and strategies. That sounds very business-like, but it is working for us in a way that is right for our size congregation. We still have a lot of work to do. In my 12 years as a pastor, and the 18 years spent in business prior to that, I have sat through more than my share of business seminars, effectiveness studies, workshops, coaching sessions, etc. but I have never been to any more helpful or as on point as these are with Ron and the Foundation. If you have not been taking advantage of this opportunity, you should. I don’t think you will regret it."

 Buster Timmons, Pastor

Columbiana United Methodist Church


Upcoming Series Topics:


August 7

Session 1: The Judger Gene: Why Meditation is the Only Antidote to Our Real Infection


Session 2: From the Stability of Yesterday to the Liquidity of Today: There is No Going Back to the oversold “Good Old Days"



September 10

Session 1: The Three Core Yearnings- Mastering Ours so We Can Help Them!  Solomon said that God has set “eternity in the hearts of humans” (Eccl 3:11)  What are these3 core yearnings, placed in the heart of every human being, that give us conversation space to have with everyone who still doesn’t yet know God?  These three yearnings sum up the human condition, challenge and domain of our primary work!


Session 2: Money:  The real conversations we need to have about why talking about money is so hard. - The era of “obligation” has passed and the era of options fully arrived!  In that climate how do we do “stewardship,” and fund mission?



October 8

Session 1: Mind traps: Brilliant Observations about Mental Loops that Keep Us Stuck


Session 2: Our "Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato" Culture - Lenses for Seeing Our World of Ministry - We live in a hyper customized culture.  What does that mean for what we offer as a church and what


November 12

Session 1: Digital Addiction- The Reason Silicon Valley Execs Limit Their Kids Interaction with Technology


Session 2: Radical Hospitality - From Launching Ministries that Do it To New Mindsets that Foster it.