Pastors

“It’s difficult to describe, but before Ultimate Leadership I felt like my career was at an all time high yet in my spirit I felt like I was walking in a desert. It was tearing me apart and I was running on empty. Then I heard about Ultimate Leadership. I really didn’t want to fly 6,000 miles round trip for what I thought would be another “love, love, joy, joy – God understands you” experience. WOW, was I wrong! My decision to attend UL was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Why? Well, at age 53, I found that life without boundaries just isn’t life! Life without safe people around you is like navigating a minefield! Life without truth really is a lie! In my lifetime, I have invested in a lot of people and programs. It was now time to invest in me! If you honestly want to live the life God has called you to, then Ultimate Leadership will be worth your personal investment in YOU. You see, “Ultimate Leadership Begins With You!”

Pastor Charlie Sweet
Executive Director, Compassion Coalition, Inc.
Utica, NY

“Ultimate Leadership is a crucible of grace filled with wisdom and a vision for what your life can become. The experience plunged me deep into a week of integrating gut-filled faith with truth and love.Want more out of leadership and life? This is it!”

Michael Simone
Pastor, Chaplin, Teacher, Author
Virginia Beach, VA

“I have been in ministry for 35 years, and I have attended numerous leadership retreats and conferences throughout my career. Each of these had something helpful to offer, but nothing as profound as Ultimate Leadership. I can say without hesitation that the Ultimate Leadership workshop was the most powerful week I have ever experienced .This workshop was enlightening and practical; it answered questions I have had for years.

This has also turned out to be an amazingly abiding experience; one year later, it is still changing my life. I continue to reap the benefits from that experience, personally and professionally. I intend to come back to the Ultimate workshop; it has become a permanent part of my growth plan. If you are thinking of going, don’t hesitate. It will be the best investment you could ever make in your self, your career and those you care about.”

Al Detter, Pastor
Erie, PA

“Throughout the years, I have attended many leadership seminars and workshops – but none compare to the teaching, training and personal transformation I received from Ultimate Leadership. Before attending the UL, I had not completely learned that my life experiences have a tremendous impact on how well the principles for success work or don’t work in my life. Finding myself stuck in some relational and professional struggles, I sought help and found it through the UL Intensive.

I truly cannot describe the depth of transformation that has taken place in my professional and personal relationships as a result of attending this one week intensive. Whether learning to attach to feelings or validate the feelings of others, the UL has been one of the most significant tools God has used to help change my life and set me on a growth path that will bear fruit for years to come.

If you are looking for an effective way to integrate living and leading, I highly recommend that you attend the Ultimate Leadership. You may have attended leadership seminars in the past but you haven’t attended one like this! If you want to grow in your ability to integrate faith, learning and living, I can’t think of a better opportunity than the Ultimate.”

Greg Brown, Pastor
Livermore, CA

“I usually don’t fill out evaluations on conferences…but this one was the “ultimate”.

This experience went to the core of who I am as a person and as a leader. It opened my heart, it strengthened my faith, and it helped me to believe in myself and to be the person that God made me to be. It helped me find the courage I need to live, love and lead.

I believe my character has been shaped and touched in profound ways – my competencies will be enhanced and energized by my healthier inner self. With God’s help, and the help of other safe people, I believe I will continue to grow into a leader who is not afraid to confront or enter conflict.
I’m now seeing life and leadership through a new set of lenses, and the future is bright – filled with hope and anticipation.”

Jon Osmond
Pastor
Ontario, Canada

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Business Leaders

“The Ultimate Leadership retreat was a foundational experience for me. Having been to dozens of high-end training experiences over twenty years as a senior executive with a Fortune 25 company, I can say the Ultimate produced significant insights and lasting change that rank in the top three experiences of my life.
I was able to see how my character flaws affected my leadership results. I learned the root of an anger problem and that problem is no longer holding me back! More importantly, I acquired a model of leadership character development that has allowed me to keep diagnosing my next challenges and growth frontiers…kind of like being able to diagnose a golf swing and make adjustments on the course in competition. I have also been able to teach and mentor others in my sphere of influence with what I learned, multiplying my original investment.
This experience is for the leader who really wants to break through to the next level of effectiveness and mastery.”

Denis Beausejour, Senior Executive
Cincinnati, OH

I found the Ultimate experience to be one of the greatest life changing experiences of my life. I have been to two other growth experience workshops, but found this one to be the most helpful and complete. It touched all parts of my life. Henry and John are doing a great job in demonstrating how our entire emotional and spiritual lives are built on Christ’s teachings. I also found the Personal Action Plan to be of great help. I filled it out and completed the goals. I review it regularly to assure that I am focused on my commitments and most importantly, doing them!

I would highly recommend this experience to any leader, no matter what their calling is.”

John Schock, CEO, Financial Management Solutions
Pasadena, MD

The [Ultimate] was a life changing event. I found my heart! When I went home Friday afternoon, I was very different than when I started on Monday Morning. Dr. Cloud, Dr. Townsend, the facilitators and staff all demonstrated a sincere interest in helping accelerate my ongoing work on spiritual growth and maturity.

Since the [Ultimate], I’m able to be more “present” in all of my relationships – especially with my children. As a senior executive for a Los Angeles based real estate developer, the [Ultimate] truly helped me be a better leader. I’m now aware of negative aspects of my previous leadership skills and am better able to integrate more of the best parts of me into my job. I connect more, am more at ease with many things I do and am basically enjoying life more. The [Ultimate] has made a tremendous impact to my effectiveness as a leader and as a person. I’m delighted that some of my closest and “safest” friendships resulted from those I met during this awesome week.

I am very grateful to Dr. Cloud, Dr. Townsend and all the others involved for their willingness and ability to be used by God in such a powerful life changing way. The [Ultimate] is an incredible tool that helps people grow into the healthy mature men and women of God He wants us to be. I recommend it to all.”

Blaise Bonin, Senior Executive
Los Angeles, CA

Owning a business, I came to realize that the problems in my business life mirrored those in my personal life. Not only was I afraid to confront others – I didn’t even know how to go about it. Not a very good problem to have if you want a successful business or personal life.

Although I was aware of my negative patterns of behavior, I found myself struggling to change. Then I read about the Ultimate Leadership workshop. After registering, I had nagging thoughts about the many leadership conferences I had attended that hadn’t helped me at all, and wondered if this one would be any different.
Well, I did attend in May of 2007; WOW! Different from other conferences is not an adequate statement. It immediately cut out the pretense and went straight to addressing what I had so skillfully avoided–my role in problem relationships. Easy, NO! Helpful, YES!

We were placed in small groups and encouraged to be transparent. I not only recognized my problem areas in dealing with people; the good news is that I also received the necessary tools to change years of behavior patterns. My small group gave me the support that I needed to make changes; I now network with the group by telephone, and am encouraged to continue to walk in truth with boundaries.

My life has been changed! As a work in progress, I plan to return for an Alumni group as soon as possible. Thank you Henry and John and all the support staff.”

Judy C. Kneece
President, EduCare Inc.
North Charleston, SC

Thank you so much for the wonderful week at the Ultimate Leadership Conference. It changed my life!!! I’m not the same man I was a week ago before I meet you all. I have joy, peace, motivation that I have not felt or experienced in years.”

Steve Woods
Author of Wisdom for Everyday Living – 365 Day of Inspiration
Scottsdale, AZ

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Ministry Leaders

How can I ever find the words to express my gratitude for all you and your team do behind the scenes to make the Ultimate Leadership workshop such a life-changing experience? In gratitude, I want to attempt to do just that.

The week itself was exciting, scary, painful, thrilling, exhausting, exhilarating, and extraordinary. The small group facilitators were just incredible. Drs. Cloud and Townsend were so articulate and taught with such sensitivity and humor that the didactics flew by with never a dull moment. Having a quiet, comfortable room to relax in, process, pray, cry, and journal in was great. And, Maureen, you have an uncanny way of knowing just the word of welcome, encouragement, and care to say in just the right moment.

More than anything else I want you all to know it is an Ultimate Gift that “keeps on giving.” It is as though there were little bubbles implanted in my very soul that continue to “pop”, revealing more truth and resulting in ongoing “aha” moments of wisdom and grace. Amazing! How long does this keep happening?

Thank you for your encouragement to attend. The best money I’ve ever spent! And now I have the joy of sending off three of my coaching clients, who leave shortly for the May Ultimate. I’m so excited for them, and it is an extra incentive (like I needed one!) to keep everyone involved bathed in prayer.”

Carol Johnston, Director, StephenMinistry
Berkeley, California

“I continue to marvel at the way these two wise and compassionate doctors are able to communicate God’s good news to us.
Kiha and I have been married for just about twenty-two years and have been exposed to some of the most powerful “inner work” methods available, yet we continued to be stuck in particular areas. John and Henry’s clear examples of “how to,” their authenticity and transparency, and their gracious delivery spoke to Kiha and really broke through to him.
I am deeply grateful for the work we did at the Ultimate and continue to do here at home. Thank you for the keys to our hearts.”

Deborah Erhard Pimental, Lay Ministry Leader
Honolulu, Hawaii

What an amazing gift Ultimate Leadership has been to me. It is like a gift that keeps on giving and it has effected, infected and affected every part of my life. I don’t feel alone on my journey anymore …or like it’s me and Jesus against the world. I have “traveling companions” and I am excited to share the journey with them. I am learning how to feel, deal, and be real …to accept the good with the bad. I am tracing the roots and finding deeper healing then I ever imagined possible. It’s not all good, but I am also having times of really living.

I am so thankful for all that God continues to give me through Ultimate. I have been in constant contact with Bob from Myrtle Beach and in contact with others from my team. Next week I am starting a Changes that Heal study in my house with some friends. Thank you for the Ultimate Journey.”

Peter Rothermel, Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

I attended Ultimate Leadership and the experience profoundly changed my personal life and my ministry. For the first time in my life I clearly understood the things broken in me that were holding me back in my ability to go to the next level AND the solutions to move forward. After taking the first step over 35 people from our church staff and membership have “experienced the experience”. There’s more for you!

Dr. Jeff Adams, Graceway
Kansas City, MO

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