Day by Day Theory

F. Day by Day Theory:And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved (Acts 2:47b). People gradually enter a stage of readiness and interest in moving to a more mature level of spirituality. The actual number of persons in transition at any one time is just a few, day by day.[1] Therefore it is important to notice when someone is “ripe” for a higher level of discipleship. It is an institutional error to attempt to move large numbers of people through maturity stages in groups together; this overwhelms the nurturing system. One baby at a time is best.





[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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