Traditional spiritual disciplines arise from Christendom

D. Traditional spiritual disciplines arise from Christendom, a historical era where almost all persons in the local parish were considered to be Christians. Spiritual disciplines from Christendom would not logically require one to convert or mature others spiritually; evangelism and spiritual direction of converts were considered the task of the clergy.

HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:

4.06 What is your experience with traditional spiritual disciplines?

4.07 What is your normal practice of prayer?

4.08 What is your normal practice of reading Scripture?

4.09 What is your normal practice of participating in Holy Communion? Worship?

4.10 What else in your life would you consider a means of grace?

4.11 Would you consider practicing the General rules? Why or why not? What would be a good way to practice the General Rules? How would you modify or modernize them?

4.12 What is your experience at converting others through the practice of these spiritual disciplines? What, to you, could be a means of prevenient grace?





[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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