H. The third task in the Quest is for each apprentice to design a service project in the area of their gifting which benefits their local church and community. This project should be as challenging and ambitious as those used for Eagle Scout projects and provide an experience of lasting value to the JUMP group, the church and community. The best projects are ones that make a significant, permanent difference in the community. The service project is a discrete task; the next task involves creating a relational community. The best projects will involve others from the church as co-laborers to help the target ministry community.
Example: Our diabetic JUMP group will study diabetes as a problem within their home community and the means by which the community attempts to help. They will visit other community groups and network with other social service providers. Then an informed decision will be made on a service project which significantly aids the community effort.
 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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