The following workshops are available for presentation by EMC3 Coaching staff or Facilitation Partners for training within your Conference or District. Several United Methodist Conferences are using/have used these materials with very positive results. A recent trend in their use is the equipping of “Lighthouse” (or equivalent) churches, providing a safe space for those seeking to remain in the UMC during this time of turmoil.

Creating a Discipleship Pathway Workshop: This in-depth training (6 hours) can be scheduled as either a 1-day or 2 half-day events. Participation is limited to 20 participants, allowing time for personal interaction, questions, and additional processings. The objectives of the workshop include:

  • A clear understanding of the biblical idea of being a disciple
  • Understanding the state of discipleship in the Church today and the issues that have gotten us to this state of being
  • Defining discipleship in a biblical and contemporary model that captures the essence of discipleship and provides flexibility for local contexts
  • Describing the dimensions of discipleship, how they relate and interact, and how they are developed as disciples move toward maturity
  • Understanding the needs of growing disciples at each phase of development
  • Designing training appropriate to the level of discipleship for each individual
  • Creating relational contexts for disciples at each phase of development
  • Articulating a clear pathway, both inside and outside of the church, for supporting the formation of maturing disciples

Engage Workshop: This comprehensive training focuses on the development of personal and corporate hospitality with accepting, welcoming, inclusive, and loving relationships. This workshop addresses 4 dimensions of hospitality: interpersonal, intentional, invitational, and incarnations. The objectives include:

  • Training the congregation in the practices of welcoming guests to worship and fellowship events
  • Developing an understanding of what it means from a biblical perspective to be in a Christ-like relationship with other believers
  • Supporting the development of interpersonal relationships through the systems and ministries of the local congregation
  • Development of a comprehensive hospitality system for engaging newcomers to the congregation
  • Creating an effective guest follow-up system that promotes the development of a relationship with newcomers/guests
  • Design of church infrastructure/ministries to support the participation of individuals from beyond the congregation in worship, service, and fellowship events
  • Training of the congregation in sharing their stories and testimonies with those beyond the walls of the church
  • Identifying significant opportunities for engaging people beyond the congregation and supporting the identified needs

EMC3 Coaching staff and Facilitation Partners are available to provide in-depth training and coaching/consultation with Hospitality, Discipleship, and Leadership Teams for the design of a Discipleship Pathway or Hospitality System. For more information, please contact Dr. Phil Maynard at or 321/217-6007.

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