Co-Founders Don & Carol Hill
Our roots go back to 1975 when as a minister serving in a local church, Don invited thirty-five people to meet with him for an experiment in small group discipleship and volunteer ministry training.
It wasn’t long before enthusiastic participants quickly began spreading the word, resulting in other groups and local churches getting involved. Due to the growing demands of the discipleship ministry, Don and Carol resigned from their pastorate to further develop and spread the newly organized Lay Leadership Institute (LLI) Discipleship Methods and Curriculum.
To date an estimated two million people have enrolled in various aspects of the basic and advanced discipleship training.
The newest addition to the line of equipping programs is The Carpenter’s Workshop (TCW). Through a network of nondenominational local chapters people can join a TCW group or take leadership training and start their own group in whatever venue they choose.
Today the mission is as it was in the beginning to equip people to be like Jesus and consequently use their talents, spiritual gifts, and resources to minister God's love and grace in the market places of today’s world.