A discipleship system is a natural, biblical process of
grace and the primary task of a church.
A healthy discipleship system begins with God’s work with the lost in
prevenient grace, moves a person through the landmark experience of justifying
grace, and forward in God’s work to mature the faithful in sanctifying grace.
As a process, a healthy discipleship system consists of clear, precise steps
toward a clear, precise goal. Specific steps will vary; uniformity is not
necessary. The progress of individuals through each of the steps in the process
can be measured. In a discipleship system, God utilizes people to help other
people grow in faith, move through maturation stages and then make their own
disciples just as a adults in nature form partnerships to produce children and
raise them to become parents.
 The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.
   
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