The Great Commission is a cyclical process.

B. The Great Commission is a cyclical process. Prevenient grace makes disciples; sanctifying grace develops mature Christians from baby disciples. Mature Christians are measured by obedience to Christ. Mature Christians partner with other mature Christians in order to make baby disciples. As each person makes disciples and matures them to the point of making their own disciples, generations of disciples who make disciples who make disciples result.

C. The Great Commission demands that those who make disciples are to teach them to obey all of Christ’s commands. This teaching includes both what to obey and how to obey. This obedience to the commands of Christ must also include obedience to the Great Commission. The command to make disciples is given to each disciple and cannot be delegated to an institution, clergy or to gifted specialists.

                                     ⇨  Prevenient  ⇨ ♡ ⇨   Sanctifying   ⇨

           ▲                         Justifying                (loop)    ▼

                                    ╚═══════¶═══ ══ ══ ¶═══════¶ ════ ╝





[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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