Open the Floodgates

Mobilize a Spiritual Movement

Doctor of Ministry Focus Group

Open the Floodgates

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 DMin group, 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 leading it forward!

The DMin 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 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.

Students should expect to encounter and invest deeply with leading innovators/innovations around the country and beyond in order to research, apply and create around these plus other themes:

  • The crucial contagion of prayer in underwriting a spiritual movement of possibility
  • Effectively leading through resistance — by leveraging your own wiring
  • “StoryBrand” as a unique essential for congregational urgency
  • Creating environments for spiritual decisions
  • Bold: the posture of leadership that mobilizes others to serve
  • “Math” of Mission: designing measurements to track your movement’s specific fruitfulness.

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“Floodgates Collective” Renewal Cohort

Upon your enrollment in this DMin group, your church may register at 20% discount for a companion “Floodgates” congregational renewal cohort. It will provide 12 months of training, assignments, plus guidance/coaching around implementation for leaders and church member teams in your setting as you designate. This is designed to help both you, as DMin student, as well as your church learn, shift, and implement together — so momentum for a collective synergistic environment conducive to mobilizing a spiritual movement is created as a whole.

Is your congregation ready to mobilize a spiritual movement? Contact Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey to learn more: [email protected].

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Rev. Dr. Brian Law


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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury University and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary. He is a graduate of the Beeson Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Seminary, with a degree in preaching and church leadership. 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. He is married to Kelly, a 6th-grade language arts teacher. Brian and Kelly have three adult children.

Dr. J. Kabamba Kiboko


Dr. J. Kabamba Kiboko is a clergywoman, published scholar, translator, wife, and mother, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and she became the first clergywoman ordained in the Southern Congo Conference (1983). Currently, she is Senior Pastor of Forest Chapel UMC and has been serving as Mission Interpreter and Liaison for the Southern Congo/Zambia Episcopal area since 1986. Delegate to the 1984 General Conference, elected member of the Judicial Council in 2012, President of the African Clergywomen and has served as a translator at General Conferences 1992-2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament with distinction (Denver University/Iliff School of Theology), M.Div. (Iliff), M.Th. (Perkins); B.A. (Drake), B.Div. (Mulungwishi, DRC). She is author of the book Divining the Woman of Endor: African Culture, Postcolonial Hermeneutics, and the Politics of Translation (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017), as well as several articles.

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey

Graduate Assistant

Sue Nilson Kibbey is an ordained United Methodist elder who serves as the Director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) for the West Ohio Conference, a comprehensive 360-degree training and coaching effort that assists congregations and their pastors to jump-start a new life cycle of fruitfulness. Sue’s passion is the “Breakthrough Prayer Initiative,” detailed in her 2016 book Floodgates: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church (Abingdon Press). Sue served as executive pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio, for 10 years, where she teamed with Pastor Mike Slaughter to create and deploy the vision of the church as well as provide oversight of the staff and all discipleship/mission initiatives. Sue is also the creator of the Ministry by Strengths program, which helps leaders connect into individualized areas of ministry service passion, and is an adjunct professor for ministry leadership at United Theological Seminary. She is a speaker, trainer, consultant and coach across the country.

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