Portrait of Dr. Brian Law

Rev. Dr. Brian Law

Mentor: Open the Floodgates: Mobilize a Spiritual Movement

Open the Floodgates: Mobilize a Spiritual Movement

God’s Church is intended to be a growing spiritual movement that can transform the world — and God is looking for leaders who feel called to become movement mobilizers. In this cohort, learn how to open the floodgates by activating your congregation to become a growing, spreading spiritual movement — with ongoing churchwide prayer as the foundational fuel. This will be an opportunity for you to stoke the fire in your own belly and move from simply administrating your church to activating it forward!

This focus group will build upon the leadership learnings found in Floodgates: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church (Abingdon Press, 2016) and its signature focus on the practical power of a “Breakthrough Prayer Initiative.” You’ll observe and learn first-hand from cutting-edge congregational deployment innovations already in action across the country. You’ll also research and create an innovative practical model through your doctoral project, which you can utilize to mobilize the spiritual movement in your unique church setting. The DMin Focus Group will culminate with your exploration of the potential publication of new movement/deployment tool(s) that may be created as part of your doctoral project, so churches everywhere may also benefit.

Learn more about United’s Doctor of Ministry program


  • D.Min. Beeson Program, Asbury Theological Seminary (2002)
  • M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary (1995)


Brian Law is Lead Pastor of the Christ Church Network in Dayton, Ohio, a connection of three churches with a shared mission of changing lives through the transforming power of Christ. Brian has served congregations in the Cincinnati and Zanesville area, leading growth in weekly attendance and overseeing building renovations for expanding congregations. Brian is an active leader in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, guiding several conference initiatives focused on professional development and support for clergy members. He currently serves as Chairperson of West Ohio’s Board of Ordained Ministry.

Mentor Assistant

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey is an ordained United Methodist elder, whose local church ministry appointments have included a variety of roles, including a decade as executive pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Most recently, Sue has served on the executive staff of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church as the creator and director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI). Sue currently serves as Director of the Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

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