was by far the best and
most comprehensive one-day training
session that our
church has ever experienced..." --
Rev. Lyle Dukes, Senior Pastor (Woodbridge, VA)
"...participants commented that your
seminar was the best management class that they had
ever participated in -– myself
-- Rod Huff, HR Director,
EMI Christian Music Group (Nashville, TN)
"...I wanted to convey to you our deepest
gratitude for the time and talents you shared with
our leadership here at Moody Church..." --
Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor (Chicago, IL)
hard to read the label on the package when trying to read it
from the inside."
DO YOU WANT AN ORGANIZATIONAL
CULTURE BY DEFAULT OR A CULTURE
BY DESIGN? ~
O P E
N L E T T E R
Welcome to our Open
Letter! Please let me
introduce myself. For 19 wonderful years I
served as veteran mentor/chaplain for the NBA Washington
Bullets/Wizards ('79-'98) professional basketball team. With big
egos and big paychecks, some guys at the pro level have a problem
with teamwork, customer service and leadership. From
some of my work in the NBA, I developed:
Connecting Now With Later
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 Success
The Mysterious Rosetta Stone: Cracking the Code to Your Team's
Professional Bloodsuckers: Dealing With the People Who Drain You
of Your Time, Energy and Patience
uniquely powerful programs are examples of what
can be customized to enhance your organization's growth:
E N E F I T S
F O R Y
O U R O R
G A N I Z A T I O N
Each program can be viewed individually on Seminars Page.
But please read entire letter before clicking below.
We can't say that we
have the best seminar programs...but you might.
It's no secret
that the number one challenge of any faith-based
organization (church, etc.) is "people issues"
-- God's people driving God's people crazy! Interpersonal
conflict with equally sincere people.
Whether you are reading this as a senior pastor, deacon,
elder, secretary, youth worker, music team member, house
church leader, missionary, board member, counselor or a
chaplain, you know the need for realistic, positive
solutions for those "people problems".
Over the years I have
worked with a number of faith-based
organizations, like Moody Church (Chicago), EMI
Christian Music Group (Nashville), Sparrow
Records (Nashville), 8th Army Chaplaincy Corps
(Korea), Sports World Ministries (Indianapolis), and
Urban Ministries (Chicago).
Thesis: We all are different. Some of us are
thinkers, others are doers; some are passive, still
others are aggressive. Most people come to work with
pretty good intentions, but we get on each other’s
nerves just by being ourselves. In the every-day
stress of the work environment, the tiniest
issues can escalate. And soon we are fighting
about the way we are fighting, instead of dealing
with the real issues. There's no cosmic conspiracy
out there. We get on each other's nerves just by
being ourselves! People do not respond to our
intentions. They respond to our behavior.
Does any of this make sense?
from Three Hills (PBI), Alberta, Canada, experience has
"taken me to school". For over 18 years I pioneered and pastored three thriving churches in the USA and helped to
establish mission works in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Since 1986 I have been a Professional Counselor, Board
Certified by the State of Maryland.
Also, in 1979
I initiated The
Shepherd's Guide Christian business directory.
some Shepherd's Guide ads.
With my five books translated into 28 languages (click
below), I have lectured and ministered all over the world.
Let me put it this way -- there is not much about the joy or
the pain of your organization that could take me by
CEO of The Freeman Institute™,
work has received enthusiastic, rave
reviews from the Prime
Minister of Grenada and senior officials of Barbados to
NASA, VA, ATF, HUD, Ikea, GE, EMI, US Sentencing Commission,
National Security Agency, Billboard Music Group, Black
Public Relations Society, a number of non-profit
organizations, many pro athletes, and others around the
globe, including a number of church
leadership teams. In August 2002 all of the Kings
and Queens of Africa were invited to attend a Pan African
Conference in Benin, West Africa. I participated in
this event and brought a film director along to make a
film about this experience -- due out in a couple of years.
We have a
ton of references – corporate, government, international,
non-profit, white collar/blue collar…after finishing this
open letter, check out the two endorsement sections of this
web site hyper linked in the previous paragraph.
Dr. Freeman's new book
Another arena of expertise
has to do with coaching.
I am available to be kept on retainer for what could be
called Critical Incident Debriefings (CID). This is a proven
individualized and confidential 10-hour program, spanning
almost three months, especially designed for key employees
who have exhibited racial insensitivity, inappropriate
sexual advances and/or anger problems in the workplace.
Options for Your Church
PERSONAL EVANGELISM: www.LoveThisMag.com
-- unique magazine model for local congregations
(with Dr. Ben Carson on the cover) that encourages
both personal evangelism and entrepreneurship. Your
local congregation prints and distributes a
hi-gloss, 32-page magazine for your local
church...without being a financial burden on the
church budget. We have the disc with all the
camera-ready graphics -- especially designed for
smaller to mid-size congregations. An incredible
opportunity to do something of high quality that
most churches could only dream about doing...until
now. A more complete overview is on the website.
starter, cleverly disguised as a magazine (with Dr.
Ben Carson on cover) designed to help your
congregation grow in personal evangelism -- without
taking one penny from your church budget. Sounds too
good to be true? Check out the Executive Summary --
CHURCH ENTREPRENEUR CLUB: www.emc2clubs.com
-- church-based entrepreneur clubs. I have developed
a book/workbook combination that is a great starter
for entrepreneur clubs in churches -- connecting
everything with the Bible.
-- Here are a couple
more websites that may be of interest:
BIBLICAL BLACK HISTORY: www.ReturnToGlory.org
-- Return To Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the
Black Man (the book), was endorsed by Bill
Cosby, Julius Erving, Ben Carson and many others. A
few years ago we developed the award-winning film
version (45 minutes), which is now been translated
into French, Portuguese and Spanish.
-- “Return To Glory®: The Powerful Stirring of the
Black Man” – A special screening of the unique
45-minute film at your church. This can be shown the
evening of the seminar event ---
-- “A White Man’s Journey Into Black History”®
– A practical half-day presentation designed to
provide a “no-guilt-or-anger”, biblical/historical
overview of ancient times, with a contemporary
-- Here are a couple
more websites that may be of interest:
www.ItTakesAChurch.com -- High impact,
region-wide seminar events that contain in-reach
and out-reach aspects. Here are two examples:
"Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!"
and "IGNITE )or re-ignite) Your Entrepreneurial
-- “Dealing With People Who
Drive You Crazy!”® – A high-impact, all-day
regional leadership/personal/staff development
seminar. Can serve as a fundraiser for your church,
with both inreach and outreach benefits -----
-- “When Strangling Someone
Isn’t An Option: Men and Emotional Intelligence!”
– A powerful and insightful 3-hour presentation that
looks at how men handle their emotions, with a
positive approach to dealing with hot and cold
Need me to
be a "velvet hammer" and deal with some
inter-personal problems in your organization? Need me to
travel (and I travel a lot) from the DC region to facilitate
an on-site workshop? Whatever your need, I will do my best
to honor the vision of your organization – plus we’ll
have a lot of fun. And that’s a promise!!
expertise of The Freeman Institute™:
by e-mail or by phone and we’ll email you a
"digital propaganda packet". Draw a target and I’ll do
my best to hit the bulls-eye for you.
my cell phone: 410-991-9718 -- or perhaps you can
take a few moments right now to email
your initial thoughts about how we can customize a program
to fit your organization's needs. I know it's kinda
scary, but I have a six minute video clip ready for you to
Would you like to host a region-wide, high-impact
leadership/personal/staff development seminar event in your
area? If so, see how The Freeman Institute Foundation can
Also, I thought you might
be interested in a recently published book I co-authored --RETURN
TO GLORY: THE POWERFUL STIRRING OF THE BLACK MAN.
Endorsed by Bill Cosby, Julius Erving, Ben Carson, Joe
Frazier and many others, this unique book is about black
heritage and cross-cultural understanding. Our main target
audience is young black men (ages 12-25). I am White and the
co-author is African American. The response to this book has
been quite remarkable! It is well-researched and reader-friendly.
The award-winning 45-minute film version (DVD) of this book is now
Out of the experience of
writing this book has come a strong diversity
program, including a 2-4 hour program
entitled "A WHITE MAN'S JOURNEY INTO BLACK
HISTORY"™. If interested, you can read
the first chapter and an overview of the book on this web
site. Feel free to let me know what you're thinking. Perhaps
you will resonate with its message. A ReligionToday
Register Newspaper, or an article written for Assist
Ministries will shed more light on this entire project.
Also, check out the web pages dedicated to the historical
involvement of the African American church in
I have put together an expansive collection of
African American History. Ask me
how some pieces can be brought to a presentation at your
The next time Freeman makes
a presentation at your organization, you are invited to play
a very special version of Bingo.
Let him know that you are playing and he may even help you
A. Freeman, Ph.D.
Rosetta Stone Replica Project
The Freeman Institute™
Cell: (410) 991-9718
Direct Line: (410) 729-4011
Organizational Culture Change Specialists
P.S. Important: Even though much of my work is
proprietary -- behind the scenes with heads of state of
other nations, corporate senior executives -- when working
with religious organizations across denominational lines, I
have much more freedom to communicate the biblical drive
behind the information. The
bottom-line results from these programs are both immediate
and long lasting!
Ask me why...
Optional Action Plans for Faith-Based Organizations ~
Ask Dr. Freeman about... ...an all-day teambuilding/leadership
seminar or retreat for your
organization's leadership team.
...an all-day seminar event for all members of your
...an all-day multi-church, area-wide seminar event.
...a thorough assessment of your organization.
...a speaker for an upcoming special event/conference.
...a process whereby diversity can be introduced into your
...executive coaching for your senior leadership.
...mediation regarding some conflict your organization is
Studies have shown that 15% of financial and
career success can be attributed to technical competence,
85% is due to good interpersonal skills. Allow me to showcase
the 85% to the folks in your organization.
1. Being Argumentative given
to expressing divergent or opposite view 2.
Being Dismissive feeling or showing that
something is unworthy of consideration 3.
Being Scornful feeling or expressing contempt
or derision 4.
Being Corrective designed to correct or
counteract something harmful or undesirable 5.
Being Accusatory indicating or suggesting that
one believes a person has done something wrong 6.
Being Disinterested not influenced by considerations
of personal advantage 7.
Being Condescending do something in a haughty way,
as though it is below one's dignity or level of importance.
showing feelings of superiority.
insight and research have exposed issues which are needed to
be revealed in order for reconciliation to occur in our
-- Claude Terry, Pro Basketball Fellowship
I would highly recommend this course to any organization
looking to improve their effectiveness..."
-- Lorenzo McKinney, Senior Pastor
"...Dr. Freeman's commitment to assisting organizations
to reach their full potential is evident in his desire to
identify the leader's desires for his team and to design
training to accomplish those goals..."
-- John Jenkins, Senior Pastor
"...The combination of content, information, application,
and heart that you presented was life-changing -- and I do not
use that term lightly..." -- Erich Becker, Elder
if we could shrink the Earth's population
to a village of precisely 100 people...Click
I S L I F E F A I R?
LIVE RIGHT ANYWAY!
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self centered; LOVE THEM ANYWAY! If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior
motives; DO GOOD ANYWAY! If you are successful, you will have false friends and true
enemies; SUCCEED ANYWAY! Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable; BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY! The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by
the smallest people with the smallest ideas; THINK BIG ANYWAY!. People favor underdogs, but only follow top dogs; FIGHT FOR AN UNDERDOG ANYWAY! What takes years to build may be destroyed overnight; BUILD WELL ANYWAY! The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow; DO WHAT’S RIGHT ANYWAY! People really need help but they attack you if you help them; HELP ANYWAY! Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in
the teeth; GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY!
-- Author Unknown
A lot of kneeling will keep
you in good standing.
Don't put a question mark where God put a period.
Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord!
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
Give God what's right, not what's left!
Give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler.
God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
Having truth decay? Brush up on your Bible!
He who angers you, controls you!
He who is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.
Never give the devil a ride! He will always want to drive!
Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.
Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
"Pray" is a four letter word that you can say anywhere.
Prayer - Don't give God instructions - just report for duty!
This Church is "Prayer Conditioned!"
Watch your step carefully! Everyone else does!
We don't change the message; the message changes us.
We set the sail; God makes the wind.
Wisdom has two parts: 1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.