“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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) about hosting the Intentional Discipleship Workshop.
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 (email@example.com).
Real Discipleship Survey Tutorial
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.
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.”
- 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.
Rev. Joseph Seger, Chair
Chassity Neckers, Secretary
Rev. John Randall
Rev. Mary Hyer
Rev. Randy Anderson
If you have suggestions or would like to serve on the Council, please contact R.C. Muhlbaier (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. Joseph Seger (email@example.com).