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: October 8, 2019

Time: 9:00am - Noon

Where: The Design Lab


Lincoln Mill Office Campus

1300 Meridian Strett

Huntsville, AL 35801


Cost: $25.00 per slot




First 90 minutes:  The Judger Gene: Why Meditation is the Only Antidote to Our Real Infection – One of the common things we find among the world class performers scattered through many different disciplines and domains is the presence of a meditation practice. For many Christians the idea of meditation is a foreign if not threatening concept. Not only should it be a cornerstone practice for us, it is one of the only practices that seems capable of addressing and correcting what appears to be the core challenge of spiritual formation….depicted in the opening narrative of Genesis. We created this module due to the number of requests we have had for it!


Second 90 minutes:  From the Stability of Yesterday to the Liquidity of Today: There is No Going Back to the “Good Old Days” – Many churches in North America remain deeply stuck as they wrestle to get back to “the way we used to do things when we were growing and vibrant.” These backward glancing legacy members, well intentioned and wanting to see their churches restored to their glory days, are totally unaware that the good ole days of the 50’s, 60’s and even early 70’s when church membership growth outstripped population growth are anomalies not norms. This module is an effort to equip you with a clear narrative of not only what has happened over the last 50-60 years, what is necessary moving in the future of social media, mass customization, warp speed lifestyles, and the cult of busy. How do we reach people, and engage them in compelling relationships and ministry?


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:


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.