Live Presentations

Firesides, Workshops, and 5th Sunday Lessons

LeadingLDS is constantly striving to develop content in various forms that will help Latter-day Saint leaders be more prepared to lead. We generally do this through podcasts, articles, and online training. In order to better assist specific segments of the LeadingLDS audience, we are also invited to conduct live workshops and firesides that give leaders a more interactive experience.

Below is some information about how these live events work and how you can request an event or workshop in your area of the world.

Potential Topics

Supporting the Doubter

In this presentation, we talk about best practices in supporting individuals in your ward or family who experience a crisis a faith. We discuss stages of faith and why some individuals wrestle with religious belief while others don’t. We discuss research and proven ways that an individual can effectively approach an individual seeking help through their doubts.

Leading Ministering Workshop

This is a great presentation for leadership groups (ward & stake councils and their counselors). It is designed to be a workshop format rather than a traditional fireside presentation. This allows presidencies to work together to formulate effective plans in establishing effective ministering in their respective Relief Societies or quorums.

General Leadership

In this fireside or 5th Sunday presentation, Kurt Francom discusses general leadership principles he has learned from producing 300+ podcast where he has interviewed Latter-day Saint leaders from across the world. This is a dynamic presentation with video & audio clips that focus the audience’s attention on how to be a leader and not just a calling. We discuss how to magnify a calling, find passion in their week-to-week service. All will leave inspired and motivated to engage in the success of the ward.

Speaker Bio:

Kurt Francom is the founder and executive director of LeadingLDS, a nonprofit organization helping lay leaders be prepared to lead. He manages the day-to-day efforts of LeadingLDS and is the host of the podcast by the same name. LeadingLDS has reached leaders internationally and receives as many as 45,000 visitors to their website and as many as 50,000 podcast downloads each month. Kurt currently lives in Woods Cross, Utah with his lovely wife Alanna. They are blessed to have two children (girl and boy). He enjoys drawing caricatures, playing basketball, reading, and watching college football. Kurt has served as a full-time missionary (California Sacramento), an elders quorum president (2005), bishopric counselor, bishop, 1st counselor in a stake presidency, and currently serves as an elders quorum president.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is LeadingLDS sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

LeadingLDS is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are an independent 501c3 non-profit organization that is faithful to the Church’s teachings and we are supported by current and former lay leaders in the Church. Learn more on our ABOUT PAGE.

Do you travel outside the Wasatch Front?

Yes. LeadingLDS has a budget for travel; however, it is not a large budget so there may need to be arrangements made for travel expenses.

Does my bishop have to invite you?

Every bishop or stake president is required to contact the priesthood leader of any guest speaker that comes to their ward/stake. Before making contact with LeadingLDS, be sure your priesthood leader has approved. Once contact is made we give you information on how to contact the speaker’s priesthood leader.

Request a Fireside, Workshop, or 5th Sunday Presentation

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