Local Church Discipleship

Before we can fulfill the Great Commission “To Go Make Disciples” we must be aware of the opportunities that increase our own effectiveness as Disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Intentional Faith Development in the local church is essential if we want our churches to fulfill God’s commandment to multiply disciples throughout so that the world can be introduced to unconditional love, grace, mercy, and selflessness. Every ministry in the church should be an opportunity for someone’s faith in God to expand and transformation to occur. Identifying faith development opportunities and next steps in the continuous discipleship journey needs to be a priority of all leaders in the church. Programs don’t make disciples - disciples make disciples.  We strive to work with the local church to encourage life-long faith journeys and multiplication of disciples.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics is a movement focusing on the most foundational principles of our faith. It’s time to reclaim the simplicity of Christ and find the beautiful complexity of being a disciple.

About the Conferences

Join us as we rediscover the love that started it all. Each Back to Basics Conference will be an all day Saturday event unique to each district, and will introduce keynote speakers and break out sessions that help answer the question: What is your next step to be a church that connects people to Jesus?

These conferences will focus on faith development for all ages and stages of spiritual maturity. Any size church will benefit.

Previous Dates 

Coffee Chats

Join the Discipleship Development team at a coffee shop near you for coffee and ministry discussion! Coffee chats provide a time to share and learn about ministry in a casual setting. We will also be offering resources focused on discipleship and the critical components that support healthy growth personally and within the community of faith.

To schedule a coffee chat in your area, please contact ann.handschu@inumc.org.


Associate Director -
Local Church Discipleship

 Ann Handschu



(812) 841-2803 (text or call)