The General Rules define a path to a personal holiness that would not directly make disciples

C. John Wesley’s General Rules are advocated as a means of spiritual discipline for the United Methodist Church. The three general rules, summarized, are: (1) Do no harm (sin), (2) do all the good you can and (3) attend upon all the means of grace.[1] The General Rules define a path to a personal holiness that would not directly make disciples or disciple makers.

E. One cannot be like Jesus without making disciples, nor can one be obedient to Jesus without personally working to fulfill the Great Commission. True holiness is obedience to Christ. Spiritual disciplines that would fulfill the Great Commission will be demonstrated in the third Seminar on Decision.





[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]Cf. Book of Discipline 2004, 71-74.

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