• Empowered Laity



  • About Us



    Jesus said to his disciples, "You will do greater things than these."


    What if he was serious? And what if he meant everyone?


    We are coaches, encouragers, and releasers focused on helping disciples of Jesus break through the places with depleted soil, discover the joy of growth, and cast seeds of movemental reproduction.










  • Upcoming Huddles - Fall 2019

    Speaking Out Together

    We will coach your team in how to convey the Gospel in memes, compelling metaphors, and symbols that connect with your context and are authentic to how you have been shaped by your own journey of faith. NOTE: We have designed our huddle experience to embody the essence of Empowered Laity. Dr. Hughes will coach the ordained pastors and Pastor Heist will coach the laity from your congregation. Contact us for more information.

    Empowered Laity

    This is our primary huddle experience, equipping Pastors and Laity to move beyond Spiritual Feudalism* to shared Preaching, Teaching, and Healing so that everyone is capable of being released into movemental, missional discipleship. Move from shame and scarcity to Encouragement and Empowerment. Contact us for more information.


    *The expectation that Jesus meant only ordained church leaders when he said, "You will do greater things than these."

  • Principal Coaches

    Rev. Dr. Brian Hughes

    Dr. Brian is a ministry practitioner with a proven track record of leading effective missional change in his ministry as well as coaching others in the skills and character shifts needed to launch deep rooted, discipleship oriented transformation. He is also the owner/operator of a deep diving search and recovery submersible. More information on his sub can be found here: www.tehom.net

    Pastor Karen Heist, Discipleship Pastor, St. John Lutheran Church

    Pastor Karen has a long history of coaching laity and ordained. A true "horse whisperer", she is an expert in the equestrian ring, effortless balancing Invitation and Challenge, an approach that also produces significant breakthrough with those she has coached. Basic Discipleship coaching, Accessible Prophecy, and learning how to be Naturally Supernatural are just some of the tools she can bring to the table. More information about her congregation can be found here: www.StJohnMD.org

  • Testimonials

    Empowered Laity coaching has opened so many doors in my walk with Christ and ministry. It has given me the tools to lead huddles of athletic coaches and students as well as other leadership opportunities in the Church. Most importantly it has vastly enriched my prayer life and ability to call on The Holy Spirit to help others.


    - Dave

    Today, many books, speakers, and conferences aim at helping pastors help their congregations to grow as disciples of Jesus. Empowered Laity empowered me in this sometimes elusive process, not with a shallow step-by-step formula, but by walking me through an authentic discipleship process that cleared away the hype and the clutter to see the elements which create an environment for true discipleship. It’s honest. It’s real. It rings true. And I’m genuinely grateful to God for the opportunity to engage the Empowered Laity journey.


    –Sean Rajnic , counselor and senior pastor, Immanuel Evangelical Free Church, York, PA