Section Two: Self Study Journaling Questions

Section Two: Self Study Journaling Questions

            This material is presented to enhance your personal understanding and spiritual growth. Each module ends with an assignment to journal using the following questions as a means to refine a better understanding of the material.


            Explanation and Interpretation lead to Perspective and Empathy, which in turn lead to Application and Self Knowledge.

EXPLORE and EQUIP: Explanation and Interpretation

How could you best explain these ideas in your local church?

How would you explain the current reality? What is happening in the church now?

How could you explain using parables, stories, art, poetry or other creative means?

How could you best help someone else to understand and utilize these ideas?

REVISE and RETHINK: Gain Perspective and Empathy

Widen your perspective; how would you describe the bigger picture?

What are the components and how are they linked into a system?

Who are the people in the whole picture, inside and outside your church?

What are the perceptions and feelings of each of them? How does that make you feel?                  

As you reflect on the learning experience of the seminar, revisit the HOMEWORK Discussion Questions in each section. Consider your answers and record them in an ongoing Discovery Journal; using the question numbers will help you keep track of your answers without having to rewrite the questions. Your answers will be important later as you formulate your own strategies for making disciples.

EXHIBIT and EVALUATE: Application and Self Knowledge

With a better understanding, how could you improve the system?

What would be the steps of your plan?

How would the results of your application benefit all concerned?

What is your place and role in the system now?

What are your perceptions and feelings now?

What have you learned about yourself through this inquiry?





[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.

[1]These questions are based on ideas from Grant P. Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 1998).

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