“to make disciples for the transformation of the world”

Jesus left the Church with the Great Commission to make disciples by bringing people into the Body through baptism, and teaching people to live as Jesus lived and taught (Matt 28:18).  The whole life of faith is tied to this commission.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, disciples of Jesus practice lives of worship, hospitality, devotion, service, and generosity as they strive to become more like Jesus.   Transformation happens when disciples of Jesus partner with God where God is moving in their communities.  This web page is a hub for resources and training intended to support making and maturing disciples in local churches of the Indiana Conference.

Intentional Discipleship Workshop

The Intentional Discipleship Workshop draws from Dr. Phil Maynard’s book Shift 2.0: Helping Congregations Back into the Game of Effective Ministry.  The workshop, developed by Dr. Maynard, provides tools and strategies for creating intentional discipleship pathways based on years of research and experience in ministry.  The workshop is ideal for clergy and lay leadership looking for tools and training towards making discipleship the heart of their faith community.

Nearly 25 discipleship partners form all over the Conference have been trained to present the workshop and help participants begin the conversation about developing a discipleship pathway.  The workshop can be presented in a variety of settings from a district event to a local church leadership team.  The intentional discipleship workshop can also be presented in various formats from a one-day event to a series of six sessions.  For more information or to connect with a discipleship partner contact R.C. Muhlbaier at robert.muhlbaier@inumc.org.

Online Intentional Discipleship Workshop

November 6, 13, 20; 6-8pm – Zoom (Register Now!)
Facilitator: Pastor Tracy Rose-Love

December: 3, 10, 17;  6-8pm – Zoom (Register Now!)
Facilitator: R.C. Muhlbaier, Assoc. Dir. of Leadership Development – Discipleship

January 11, 18, 25;  6-8pm – Zoom (Registration Coming Soon)
Facilitator: Kate Biggs, CLM

Do you want to the Intentional Discipleship Workshop to come to you? 

Contact R.C. Muhlbaier (robert.muhlbaier@inumc.org) about hosting the Intentional Discipleship Workshop.

Workshop Overview

The Real Discipleship Survey

The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels.  It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship:

  • A Life of Worship
  • A Life of Hospitality
  • A Life Opening to Jesus
  • A Life Obeying Jesus
  • A Life of Service
  • A Life of Generosity

At the personal level, each participant receives a report indicating the level of maturity for each dimension, possible next steps for growth, and suggested resources for personal development.  It is a powerful tool, particularly when used in a discipleship coaching relationship, for supporting the development of growing disciples.

At the church level, each participant receives the report as described previously.  In addition, the church administrator receives a matrix giving the percentage of persons identifying themselves in each of the levels of maturity for each dimension.  This is an invaluable resource for discipleship teams in planning for the support of an intentional discipleship process.

The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants!  Below are links to instructions for churches to “claim their profile” and for individuals to take the survey.

Individuals need the Church Access Code: INDIANAJOY (all uppercase, no spaces)

If you have questions, contact R.C. Muhlbaier (robert.muhlbaier@inumc.org).

Instructions for Individuals
Instructions for Churches
Take the Real Discipleship Survey

Real Discipleship Survey Tutorial

Real Discipleship Survey FAQ

Discipleship Resources

Coaching in Discipleship

The Indiana Conference is has been developing a network of trained coaches who can serve as resource for clergy and laity within the conference. Coaches come alongside individuals and teams to help them achieve the goals they have set for themselves.  The coaches listed below have all been trained in accredited coach training programs and are specifically interested in coaching clergy and lay leadership in the area of discipleship. Mission, vision, knowledge, and experience all come together in a coaching experience. A coaching relationship is always client driven. The coach helps to unlock and focus the expertise the client already possesses and provides accountability for moving forward toward achieving the client’s goals. Coaching is an extraordinary resource for developing and implementing a discipleship pathway or a specific areas of support for growing disciples. Contact a coach to learn more about coaching and how it will benefit your ministry or personal spiritual development.

Rev. Roberta Cook
Rev. Roberta CookICF Trained Coach
Trained in Individual Coaching

Areas of Focus include: People in Transition, Women in Ministry, Discipleship Pathways, Local and Licensed Pastors

Located in North Central District

P: 574-298-9480

Michael Dillon
Michael DillonICF Trained Coach
Trained in Individual Coaching and Group Coaching
Areas of Focus include: People in Transition, Spiritual Growth, Career Planning, Church Planters
Located in Northwest District

Phone: 260-503-1561

Rev. Kathleen Miller Kubinski
Rev. Kathleen Miller KubinskiICF Trained Coach
Trained in Individual Coaching
Area of Focus include: People in Transition and Career Planning
Located in North District
Stan MoscripICF Trained Coach
R.C. Muhlbaier
R.C. MuhlbaierICF Trained Coach
Trained in Individual Coaching
Areas of Focus include: People in Transition, Career Planning, Discipleship Pathways, and Spiritual Formation
Located in East District

Rev. Dr. David Mullens
Rev. Dr. David MullensICF Associate Certified Coach
Trained in Group and Individual Coaching
Area of Focus include: People in Transition, Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation
Located in Southeast District

Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison
Rev. Dr. Scott PattisonICF Trained Coach
Trained in Group and Individual Coaching
Area of Focus include: Church Renewal, Church planting / planters, Multiplication and Multi-site, People and Churches in transition, Staffing
Located in North Central District
Rev. John Randall
Rev. John RandallICF Associate Certified Coach
Trained in Individual Coaching and Group Coaching
Area of Focus include: Church Planting, People in Transition and Career Planning
Located in Northwest District

Mark Sanders
Mark SandersICF Trained Coach
Kurt Schoch
Kurt SchochiPEC: Certified Professional Coach; ICF: ACC - Associate Certified Coach
Trained in Individual and Group Coaching.
Areas of Focus include: Leadership
Located in Central District

Dave ScifesICF Trained Coach

Discipleship Ministries Elearning

Courageous Conversations, Small Groups, Leadership Development

Discipleship Ministries Elearning


The Council on Intentional Discipleship

The Council on Intentional Discipleship serves as an equivalent structure to the Conference Board of Discipleship (BOD ¶630) in the following capacities.

1. “To lead and assist the congregations and districts in the conference in their efforts to communicate and celebrate the redeeming and reconciling love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ…”

2. “To foster and promote a holistic approach to the development of Christian disciples.”

  • Evangelism
  • Christian Education
  • Spiritual Formation

3. “To develop a unified and comprehensive program for leadership training to serve all age groups in the home, church, and community.”

4. Support the prioritization and execution of intentional discipleship initiatives through the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church (INUMC) by working with Leadership Development (LD) to guide effective intentional discipleship programming and training.

5. Maintain the connectional relationship between General Board of Discipleship and the conference.

Council Members

Rev. Joseph Seger, Chair
Chassity Neckers, Secretary
Rev. John Randall
Kate Biggs
Rev. Mary Hyer
Rev. Randy Anderson

If you have suggestions or would like to serve on the Council, please contact R.C. Muhlbaier (robert.muhlbaier@inumc.org) or Rev. Joseph Seger (joseph.seger@inumc.org).