What is it?

The district SDMI/Discipleship council desires to be a group that equips the local churches of the MI District with resources and encouragement  and connects us to each other so we can work together to create healthy discipleship cultures across the district. We want to see an awakening in our midst as the Kingdom of God bursts forth in every local church!

When & Where is it?

May 7, 2022, 9am-3pm

Lansing South Church of the Nazarene, 401 W. Holmes Rd., Lansing, MI 48906


Fee is per person and includes lunch and drinks.

Early bird:  $15 (ends March 21)

General:  $20 (March 22-April 4)

Late:  $25 (April 4-May 7)

Who is it for?

ANYONE who has a heart for discipleship! Pastors, youth leaders, children’s leaders, local discipleship directors, SS teachers, small group leaders, church volunteers.  WE WANT YOU!

Why should you come?

 We want to connect discipleship minded people with others of the same mind across the district—some will even be   within a short distance from your church and you don’t know them yet! You can make new connections and reconnect with people you haven't seen in a while.

The goal is for all attendees to leave encouraged and empowered for the Kingdom of God, with the confidence to not only be a disciple of Jesus but also be a disciple maker! Plus….PRIZES!!

What to expect

 Scott Rainy, Global SDMI Director will speak in 2 sessions for all participants.

There will be 1 morning and 1 afternoon opportunity for breakout classes, led by pastors and lay people on the district,        providing lots of time for conversation with each other.



Come To the Table Breakout Class Offerings:


Morning-Only Sessions


“The Church Calendar as Formation”

Danny Quanstrom (Lead Pastor at Hastings, Founder of “A Plain Account”)

Description: In this session, we will look at how the Church Calendar (Daily Office, Lectionary, etc.) can play an integral role in the Spiritual formation of your congregation.



“Getting Involved in Your Local Public School: Why You Should and How You Can”

Panelists include Brad Dyrness, Nathan Gray, Hannah Jones-Nelson, Sharon Norman, Brent Norman, Angie Seagren, and Erin Roehm (D.S., Pastors, and Lay leaders with varying positions of involvement in their local schools)

Description: Panelists will share about how they are involved in their area public schools, what motivated them to start, and give ideas about why and how you and/or your church people can do it too. We will also discuss how this relates to discipleship – Q&A time included.


“Sharing Christ Without Fear”

Scott Rainey (Global Director of SDMI)

Description: Helping someone cross the line of faith, or making a decision to repent and believe Jesus, is a critical moment on the Journey of Grace. We call this moment “Saving Grace”. Why do so few disciples of Jesus ever experience the joy of leading someone into a relationship with God? In this breakout session, you will learn some basic, biblical principles that will help you share your faith without fear.


“Risky Discipleship”

Terra Penninga (Associate Pastor at Elmdale)

Description: Let’s face it: relationships are risky. Why? Because authentic relationships require transparency and vulnerability. Discipleship relationships are crucial to church growth, but it’s among the riskiest of all relationship. See how Jesus Christ and the Trinity (Father, Spirit, Son) have given us a perfect model of risky discipleship!




“The Integration of Youth Ministry and Family Ministry”

Brian Robbins (Youth and Worship Pastor at ChapNaz)

Description: Cultivation a comprehensive discipleship strategy for our younger generation. Everyone must be a part of the team and moving in the same direction.


“Let’s Go Fishing!”

Stefanie Grugrich (Children’s Pastor at Coldwater)

Description: Jesus’ model of discipleship went beyond the church walls. His model involves an entanglement of love, relationship, and living life with His people. Let’s take a look at how that looks in our children’s department, our community, and our church.




Sessions Offered in Morning AND Afternoon


“Discipleship and the Pandemic”

Jay Ott (Ordained Elder, Marketplace Chaplain and Legacy Discipleship Coach)

Description: The pandemic has presented significant critical challenges to churches. This session will assist ministry leaders to understand why discipleship ministries are essential for responding to these challenges and for turning these challenges into opportunities for our church ministries to thrive.


“Creating Spiritual Growth Pathways”

Ron Heiler and Becca Graham (Lead Pastor and Connections Pastor at GRIF)

Description: The main mission of the Church is to make disciples, fully devoted followers of Jesus. How is that going for you in your church? Every local church says that they are discipling their people, but what they lack is a game plan. Come learn how to create an intentional spiritual growth pathway within your ministry and walk away with a tangible way to track the individual spiritual growth of your people.


“Following the Example of Christ”

Martha Ports (Discipleship Leader at Hastings)

Description: In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul encourages us to “follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” In this class we will examine the discipleship model of Jesus and how that applies to teen ministry today. This class will study Jesus’s servant leadership and give those in attendance some practical steps to implement in their ministry, no matter if your group is large of small.



Afternoon-Only Sessions


“Discipleship In the Home”

Ashley Robbins (Licensed Social Worker)

Description: I am excited to share about different ways that we can focus on discipleship in the home within the family unit. We will be focusing on practical ways for families on the go. It is never too late to start discipleship at home!


“Discipling Students”

Hannah Jones-Nelson (Youth Pastor at Lansing South)

Description: How do we disciple youth before and after they have said “yes” to Jesus? We will talk about how we are discipling even before an altar moment, and how we need to continue discipling after. This includes tools to do that and open discussion to share ideas!


“Journey of Grace: Taking the Road Less Traveled”

Brent and Sharon Norman (Co-Pastors at Journey of Grace Church)

Description: Come hear about one of our district's newest church plants, Journey of Grace Church of the Nazarene.  We are exploring how to do church in new ways as we seek to be faithful in making disciples.  We can't wait to share our story and what God has been doing!

“Corporate Worship as Discipleship”

Devon Staples, Dave Williams, Chad Jensen, and Other Panelist (Lead and Worship Pastors)

Description: One hour on Sunday. One hour is all that many churches get today to disciple people. In this panel discussion we will explore different ways of getting the most of our worship gatherings in discipling people to live as Christ in the world. 

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