Lay Mobilization FAQs
How is the Lay Mobilization Institute (LMI) different from other discipleship strategies?
- We believe pastors are disciples, too. The Lay Mobilization Institute is a discipling process that refocuses the pastor from being the primary provider of training and allows all — pastor and congregational members — to influence each other’s gifts and experiences.
- We provide a Wesleyan perspective of church growth. Church growth, in this mode, is church depth. The Lay Mobilization Institute provides this foundational experience with the influence of Asbury Theological Seminary’s strong commitment to resource churches into missional centers of discipleship.
- We believe in piety plus community change. Instead of an individualistic approach to discipleship, the Lay Mobilization Institute sees Christ-likeness in a community context.
- We disciple with a report card. The Lay Mobilization Institute teams up with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. — a nationally recognized leadership learning organization that makes loving, learning and leading the hallmark of its leadership formational process. Through assessment and counseling, this partnership provides congregations with more than 10 years of discipling and leadership experience. During that time, Spiritual Leadership, Inc. has successfully served numerous congregational communities through its tried and tested incubator process.
- We provide an assessment-informed snapshot of the congregation. Our process takes a snapshot of the community at the leadership level in order to help congregations recognize dominant patterns that influence their discipling system.
How do I prepare for the mobilization journey?
- Pick a Few Now, Add More Later. Prayerfully select a list of 5-12 members in your congregation who should be approached to experience the LMI process. This team need not be comprised of formal leaders, such as the staff, ministry department or committee leaders, but those who are committed to a deeper discipling experience.
- Make a Promise to One Another. Work with your team to create a covenant that faithfully reflects your church’s priorities in value and mission. You will receive training in this during Phases 1 & 2.
- Adopt a Schedule for Coaching. Your congregational community must make a substantial time commitment in order to achieve your goals. Congregations have the opportunity to choose basic or extended coaching.
- Consider Your Financial Readiness. Decide to dedicate financial resources in order to effectively mobilize your congregation for ministry. Register today!
How are teams developed?
- The pastor casts the vision for the lay mobilization process to the congregation, giving everyone the opportunity to nominate persons for the team.
- Everyone who is nominated receives an application that may be adapted for each church’s needs. Congregational applicants are considered for the team based on their character, competencies, gifts and chemistry with others.
- Contact the Lay Mobilization Institute staff if you need assistance building your team.
Why does my congregation need coaching?
- Coaches help congregations more easily achieve a disciple-making church.
- Coaches provide an outside, objective lens for congregational teams.
- Coaches have significant experience helping teams grow their discipleship.
- Coaches help churches overcome challenges.
- Coaches provide a healthy environment that assists congregations in discerning what God desires for them.
- Consultants tend to offer solutions to challenges; coaches help others find their own solutions.
- Coaches allow the pastor to be a participant in the learning process.
What is the coaching process?
- Coaching begins after Phase 2.
- The Lay Mobilization Institute has teamed up with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) to offer coaching between the consultations.
- During each of the phases of the Lay Mobilization Institute process, coaches assist the congregational teams in developing communication strategies to involve their congregation in learning and discernment with them.
What is the difference between Basic Coaching and Extended Coaching?
- Basic Coaching includes the coaching that occurs within each of the four, on-campus consultations, along with monthly coaching to help each team continue the lay mobilization process between Phases 2-4. This basic coaching occurs through conference calls or videoconferences for several hours each month. The coaching helps selected facilitators within each team prepare for upcoming sessions and reflect on completed sessions for the purpose of learning and trouble-shooting any obstacles.
- Extended Coaching includes the elements of the basic coaching, as well as on-site coaching with individual congregations between the on-campus consultations. Extended Coaching prices vary depending on the results of assessments, degree of congregational enrollment and travel distance/frequencies. Congregations pay additional travel expenses for on-site coaching.
What is the Covenant?
- At Phase 2, we will walk you through a process to create your own covenant based on your church’s expectations, intentions and goals.
- The covenant gives clear expectations to each team member based on the structure decided as a team.
- The covenant provides healthy accountability.
Inclement weather plan
- The consultation will continue as scheduled as long as the Seminary is open for business.
- If cancellation occurs, a modified version of the event will be rescheduled at a later date in consultation with registered participants.
Bryan Sims, Director of the Center for Lay Mobilization