2.10 JOURNAL: Record your reflections and document your answers to the Questions for a Better Understanding found on page 139 and the information on Priority #3.


            1. Reconsider the discussion of what a mature Christian should know and be able to do. Make a list of what, in your opinion, a mature Christian should know and be able to do. Discuss your list with others.

            2. List all the learning groups and other opportunities for equipping that your church offers at this time.

            3. Reorder your list into a flow chart which describes your church equipping track with levels which indicate how people graduate from one level of learning to a higher, more difficult level. (Don’t be embarrassed if you only have one level; many churches offer opportunities only for the most elementary levels of faith.)

            4. You can include in the list classes and activities which are offered irregularly. (Your church could easily repeat these learning opportunities more often.)

            5. You can also include in your equipping track learning opportunities that have been offered in the past that you discovered as a part of the Sanctified Batting Order Exercise. (Your church could repeat these learning opportunities.)

            6. Review your church equipping track and identify where more challenging learning opportunities would be helpful to your members to learn the knowledge and develop the skills of more mature Christians.

            7. Are there gaps in your equipping track where additional learning activities would be helpful? What important topics are not addressed?

            8. Many churches have a pattern of “educating beyond obedience” or learning to satisfy curiosity but with no application or resulting change of behavior in life. Does your church follow a pattern of learning new information but never putting it into practice?





[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 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

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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.

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