Developing Disciples

Discipleshift Retreats:

Discipleshift is an intentional model of developing disciples in the local church.  This practical tool empowers lay people to lead transformational small groups where people grow in their faith.  Discipleshift can be implemented in every size church and can make a difference in developing passionate, spiritual disciples. 

Discipleshift begins with a two-day immersion retreat and then is followed up by a twelve week course online

Discipleshift retreats for 2019 are:

February 1-2         

May 17-18             

September 6-7     

and will be held at the conference office in Crestwood.  Resources will be available on-site for purchase. To find out more, contact Tami Coleman at


The retreat itself is free to attend but you are responsible for your own travel accommodations and your meal on Friday evening.  Here are two options for local places for you and the other member(s) of your church to stay:

Kavanaugh Retreat Center (located directly behind the conference center)


$65 per night, one-time $12 fee to provide bed and bath linens. (NOT available for the February Retreat).


Hampton Inn (located about 10 minutes from the conference center)

4100 Hampton Lake Way, Louisville, KY 40241


$96 per night.  Tell them you are with the KY Conference of the UM Church to get this rate. 

Discipleship Training



James Harnish.  A Disciple's Heart  Abingdon Press, 2015

Robert Mullholland.  Invitation to a Journey  IVP Books, 2016


Robert Mullholland.  The Deeper Journey  IVP Books, 2016

Steve Harper.  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition,  Upper Room, 1995

Gary Thomas.  Sacred Pathways,  Zondervan, 2017

Richard Foster.  Celebration of Discipline,  Harper Collins, 2002

Michael W. Foss.  Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church,  Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2000

Kevin M. Watson.  The Class Meeting:  Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Groups Experience,  Seedbed Publishing, 2014

Greg Ogden.  Discipleship Essentials,  Intervarsity Press, 2007

(502) 425-3884 or (800) 530-7236
The Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
7400 Floydsburg Rd
Crestwood, KY 40014