Where we are not the best, we will humble ourselves and learn from the best.

The priority of making disciples in the United Methodist Church is clearly stated in ¶120 of the Book of Discipline: The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.[1] The purpose of these three seminars is to help this statement to become true for as many of our churches as will hear the call of Jesus. It is our goal for our local churches to again become vibrant centers of fishing for people, so that all might be present at the table of the Lord. Where we are not the best, we will humble ourselves and learn from the best. It’s time to return to the most basic principles to learn how to fish for people.





[1] 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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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Harriet Jane Olson, ed., The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2004 (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 2004), 87.

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