What makes Dr. Freeman's seminar events and resources
and simple. Joel Freeman has been through fire and,
by God's grace, has survived
(thrived) to tell the story. And he has some pretty good stuff to
share. Now for the bad news: He still is an off-key singer
and an extremely bad dancer.
books and/or seminars have been endorsed by the likes of Warren Wiersbe,
Billy Graham, Ken Blanchard, John Jenkins, Erwin Lutzer, Sol Hicks, Steve Forbes, Joni
Eareckson Tada, Bill Cosby, Donald Cole, Paul Meier, Les Brown, Cathy
Hughes, Julius Erving, Tony Evans, Joe Frazier, Jamal-Harrison Bryant,
Lenny Moore, and many others.
Dr. Freeman has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, Heads of State,
business/political leaders, international
schools, government agencies and more.
Joel Freeman with Les Brown
Joel's seminars are proven to
contain excellent, life-changing information -- tested in the real
world. He genuinely loves people, bringing an occasional glimpse of his
"off-the-wall" sense of humor and also a unique brain trust of
- Senior pastor, pioneering churches for 18 years, helping to
establish works in Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic.
- Chaplain for the NBA Washington Bullets/Wizards
for 19 years ('79-'98).
- Multiculturally astute, with
travels to 50+ countries around
- Serial entrepreneur.
Inventor. Originator (1980) of the "seed business concept"
for The Shepherd's Guide.
Award-winning film maker and author of 7 bestsellers published in 28
Trained professional counselor (Ph.D.), with a pastor's heart...communicating sound biblical principles.
- Leads tours to the Holy Land periodically.
- Owns a Black History
collection of over 3,000 artifacts and documents.
- Student of business intelligence & organizational culture change.
No Bull. No Hype.
QUESTION #2: What benefits will people
receive by attending one of Dr. Freeman's seminars?
RESPONSE: Take a look
at the benefits mentioned
when you talk with Dr. Freeman, ask him directly about the "in-reach"
and "out-reach" benefits to every seminar and resource
QUESTION #3: What other organizations
has Dr. Freeman worked with as a trainer/facilitator?
-- Joel's work
has received enthusiastic, rave reviews from Moody Church (Chicago),
McLean Bible Church (VA), Calvary Chapel, The Shepherd's Guide, People's
Cathedral (Barbados), Deeper Life (Lagos, Nigeria), Black Church Means
Business conference (NYC), First Baptist Church of Glenarden (MD), Elim
Pentecostal (Iceland), and more...
There are many other satisfied general market clients...including the Prime Minister of
Grenada and senior officials of Barbados to Frostburg State University,
The White House Communications staff, 8th Army (Korea), E! Entertainment Television, EMI Music Group, North
East Foods, Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA), FBI,
US Supreme Court, NASA, VA, ATF, HUD, Ikea, GE, USDA, Department of Justice, National
Security Agency, WACRA, US Bankruptcy Courts, Billboard Music Group, US
Sentencing Commission, European Council of International Schools (ECIS),
Giant Foods, Indian Health Services, Federal Judiciary, Baltimore City
Department of Education, Tuscan Dairy Farms, Black Public Relations
Society, many pro athletes, and others around the globe, including a
number of urban youth initiatives. A ton of references - corporate,
government, international, non-profit, white collar/blue collar.
Check out this
website for more information.
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QUESTION #4: Why bring in an outside
trainer/facilitator? Can't we take care of our own issues?
-- Yes, it
happens all the time. And for the most part handled magnificently.
Here's another thought to consider: It's hard to read the label on
a jar or package when trying to read it from the inside.
Sometimes it takes a seasoned, proven "outsider" -- someone who can
provide a greater amount of objectivity -- to bring wisdom from above.
Pain cause people to do and say things that can set up greater conflict
in an organization...an organization that actually exists to help the wounded and hurting.
It's a paradox. And pain can sometimes bring an irrationality to the
situation that is hard to address...if you are in the jar. A leader can
say the same things an "outsider" might say, but some folks in the
organization may search for hidden meanings behind the words of that
interpreting the information through their own lens of pain. Why ask
why? It's just the way it is. Every
organization has a unique culture -- their way of doing things. Another
question might be: Do you want a culture by default or by design?
QUESTION #5: What if we wanted to
bring Dr. Freeman in for a weekend? What might that look like?
RESPONSE: An effective weekend might look like this:
- Friday morning: 9am - 12:30pm -- "Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!"
A very fun and engaging seminar experience...inviting church
leadership teams from churches throughout the region to attend.
During the first break one pastor commented, "If I knew that it was going to be
this relevant, I would have had more leaders from my church
attend..." Freeman functions like a "velvet hammer,"
humorously addressing many issues that many pastors cannot touch
with their own congregations.
Who will benefit? Pastors, youth workers, musicians,
secretaries, teachers, counselors, maintenance, deacons, elders,
trustees, nursery workers, etc.
- Saturday morning:
8:30am -12:30pm -- "IGNITE (or re-ignite) Your Entrepreneurial
A seminar (25% inspiration, 75% education) that can be co-sponsored by a local business school.
This seminar helps people quickly discern the difference between a
viable business dream and a nightmare. Participants will leave
with their heads pounding with cutting edge information and their
hearts pounding with a new or renewed passion for the
will benefit? Anyone wanting to take an idea to the marketplace:
Pre-entrepreneurs. Budding entrepreneurs. Seasoned entrepreneurs.
Corporate entrepreneurs. Turn-key entrepreneurs. Film makers.
Authors. Pastors. Musicians. And more...For ages 12-102.
- Saturday evening:
7pm - 9pm -- "Return
To Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man"
A film screening (45 min), a Black History
exhibit, presentation and Q&R (Question/Response).
Who will benefit? Anyone interested in
understanding more about Black History, the Bible and it's
practical application to our culture.
- Sunday morning:
10am -- Preach at church
This may be too much
for one weekend. But at least it can get a conversation started...
QUESTION #9: How can our church get
involved in intercultural, global missions?
This is a wonderful question. Obedience to the "Acts 1:8" call to local
and global missions challenges gossip, church politics and
small-mindedness like few other things a congregation can do. Check out this
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How much does it cost to
bring Dr. Freeman to our organization?
In 1993 Dr. Freeman took his pastor's heart in the business world. The
Freeman Institute was established specifically to reach into the general
market. Anyone who has contracted for his
services in the business world will attest to the fact that he is a true professional, working
hard to customize everything to the needs of each group. Organizations in
the general market pay a lot for his services.
Freeman is a realist. No illusions here. As a former senior pastor
Joel understands "church culture" (whatever that means!) and the
sometimes protracted manner by which many faith-based organizations make
decisions about these types of events and resources.
Joel hopes to make things easy. For your church-related program, you will deal directly with Dr. Freeman
(not his agent). The written agreement with his agent grants him latitude in
these types of situations. Joel is a trusting soul -- believing that you
will do the best you can. The financial side of things is probably
better discussed over the phone directly with him (check contact info).
Dr. Freeman generally puts a
healthy percentage of each church-related event toward the projects he is
passionate about: A Haitian family that survived the earthquake now
living in the Dominican Republic (
GenerationalLegacy.org ) and/or The Freeman Institute Foundation --
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You draw the target and Freeman will do his level best to hit the
bulls-eye for you. Let's list a few of the win/win/win scenarios that have worked
with different churches:
- Some churches give him an honorarium for his
services and then offer all events for free to the general public. They
generally take up a donation at the event to help with the costs.
charge a small fee for each seminar to help defray the costs (airfare,
ground travel, hotel, honorarium and marketing).
- Some churches form a
partnership with a local business school or community college to create an even greater
business-related outreach to the community. This is a great idea for the
entrepreneur seminar -- IGNITE (or re-ignite) Your Entrepreneurial
others develop a win/win
relationships with co-sponsors (local businesses) who provide the finances for the event(s).
These businesses are mentioned/printed in all marketing and also can
have a table at the event itself.
- You probably have even more creative,
Frankly, I am rather skeptical. This guy seems to be ten miles wide,
three inches deep. I really do not think that Freeman can actually
deliver on everything he has mentioned on this site. I want to put my
finger on his pulse to learn more about him. I am intrigued enough to
ask the bonus question: How can I order some of his books or DVDs?
Excellent question. So glad you asked. Click to access
The Freeman Institute Online
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Any other questions?
Feel free to call Dr. Freeman directly: Private Line: 410-729-4011
for any individual or organization
(corporate, government, family-owned, small business, faith-based, non-profit, large or small)
interested in leadership, emotional
intelligence and personal development
Connecting Now With
Diversity: The Value of Mutual Respect
All Stressed Out And Nobody To Choke
Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence
A White Man's Journey Into Black History
When Strangling Someone Isn't An Option!
Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!®
If Nobody Loves You, Create The Demand!®
Lessons From Blades of Grass in a Concrete Jungle
IGNITE (or re-ignite) Your Entrepreneurial Passion!
How Your Personality Impacts Your Organization's
The Mysterious Rosetta Stone: Cracking the Code to
Your Team's Success
Professional Bloodsuckers: Dealing With the People Who
Drain You of Your
Check out Dr. Freeman's video clips
HISTORY & CULTURAL COMPETENCY:
Black History Gallery Project
- A White Man's Journey Into Black History
Freeman Institute Black History Collection
- The African American Church and Intercultural, Global Missions
- Return To Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man (45-min. film
MAGAZINE FOR YOUR CHURCH:
Everyday Matters Magazine
Entrepreneur Club Especially Designed for Churches
- Entrepreneur Book and Workbook (with Leader's Guide)
contact Dr. Freeman
directly for more specific info
Joel A. Freeman and The Freeman Institute® on LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube