The Lay Mobilization Institute is not just a conference—it is a congregational transformation process. It consists of a four-part series for pastors and key lay partners. Pastors and lay teams that have made the lay mobilization journey help you make the most of a retreat-like setting, high-impact worship, biblical and theological reflection and practical strategy sessions. YOUR congregation is the focus.
When the consultation ends, the congregational work begins. Pastor and lay teams who attend receive their own congregation transformation coach.
Pastor-lay teams form covenant partnerships to help wade into the spiritual depths Christ has for them—personally and corporately. In monthly coaching sessions, these partners turn obstacles into the opportunities to which God may be calling them. We have discerned that congregations find themselves in one of five distinct lay mobilization realities. During Initiate, you will begin the diagnostic process of discovering your current reality in order to begin dreaming of the new reality to which God may be leading you as a community.
We encourage congregations to ask, “Which stage most closely describes your reality?” and, “What stage best reflects the potential of your community?” In response Christ, the giver of extraordinary gifts, may be calling your community to more deeply embrace a people-focused, lay mobilization model.
We believe no matter where a congregation finds itself on the lay mobilization spectrum, each congregation can experience a new level of mission, vitality and capacity.
The two-year learning journey begins with Initiate. Participation in the next three consultations Incubate, Cultivate, and Replicate, starts with a joint decision between the pastor and lay partnership team: “Are we prepared to initiate a group covenant to pursue spiritual formation together and move toward the mobilization vision God has for us?” The 18-month, coach-guided process is designed to help each congregation transition from its current mobilization reality to the next. This August, a new group of churches begins the learning journey with Initiate 2012, while others continue with Cultivate 2012.
The commitment cost.
Not all costs are monetary. Unless pastors and lay leaders make certain commitments together, the Lay Mobilization Institute cannot achieve its goal of advancing lay mobilization. In partnership, pastors and lay leaders must agree:
To attend all four (3-day) consultation events over two years.
To join a covenant-guided congregational learning incubator.
To recruit lay partners by the Incubate consultation.
To develop and adopt a congregational incubator covenant.
To discern together what God may want to achieve in your church, community and beyond as a mobilized people.
The cash cost.
The generosity of Asbury Seminary friends who care deeply about congregational transformation through lay engagement have made the Initiate experience affordable at the following rates.
Individual Package: $159 (Asbury Seminary/Asbury University Rate: $50)
While the consultations are designed as a “Pastor + Partnership” journey, individuals may attend the first phase, which allows participants to wrestle with the leadership challenges required of those who engage in the congregational transformation process. Although Initiate is designed as a stand-alone consultation if desired, phases two through four are open to group registration only.
Pastors Plus Partners Package: $199 (Pastor+3)
Congregations registering up to three (3) members pay only $199 per group instead of $159 per person. After three registraions from a single congregation, all other members pay only $50 per person up to fifteen (15) members. See Group Registration online.
Bill Donahue serves as an adjunct teacher at a number of graduate schools, training both master’s and doctoral students in organizational strategy, team-building, leadership development, and transformational community.
Bill brings leadership experience from both the for-profit and non-profit arena, having worked for P&G in New York and PNC Corp. in Philadelphia. In addition, he has worked as Director of Leader Development and Group Life for the Willow Creek Church & Association where he created leadership strategies and events for more than 10,000 leaders on six continents in more than 30 countries. Donahue’s training and experience qualify him to lead us into a deep, worshipful encounter with Christ in community.
Bill has developed several leadership resources, including Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, DVD training resource ReGroup, and Building Biblical Communities with Steve Gladen. In addition, with co-author Greg Bowman, he wrote Coaching Life-Changing Leaders.
He and his wife Gail make their home in Dundee, Ill., and have two children.
Wylie “Buff” Hearn, Ph.D., has pastored United Methodist congregations throughout the panhandle of Texas and New Mexico for 38 years. He has served as Chairperson of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference Council on Ministries, Volunteers in Missions Coordinator for the Northwest Texas Annual Conference and the New Mexico Annual Conference, and president and member of the South Central Jurisdictional Volunteers in Missions Council. Presently, he serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at St. Stephen UMC in Amarillo, Texas.
Buff felt a dramatic call to full-time ministry and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1975, receiving his doctorate from the Seminary in 1987. Buff also teaches congregational revitalization and leadership as an adjunct professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Not only is Buff a pastor and actively involved in missions, he uses the principles of pottery design and creation to expand others’ understanding of the eternal truths of God’s intimate relationship with His creation. Just as Buff molds the clay in his hands, so God lovingly forms the human spirit into the likeness of His son. Buff creates and displays his pottery at Parson’s Pottery & Gallery.
Buff and his wife Sandy have four children and four grandchildren.
Special conference rates have been arranged for Lay Mobilization Institute participants. When making reservations, mention that you are attending the Lay Mobilization Conference.
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The MAP process involves 5 steps that guide much of the learning that each congregational team will do together throughout LMI.
The Lay Mobilization Institute "convenes provocative learning communities that demonstrate what God will do through those clergy/congregation partnerships which prioritize all the ministry that matters." Our congregational learning process-four coach-guided intensive consultations over two years—fosters a congregational vision in which leadership partnerships between clergy and congregation result in learning, leading and serving together.
Contact the Lay Mobilization Institute staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 888.5BEESON.
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