Committed and growing Christians will demonstrate the following measurable behaviors:

The innovation needed in the church today is “Jesus is Lord.” More specifically, committed and growing Christians will demonstrate the following measurable behaviors:

            1. Read the New Testament.                                                    (JUMP group)

            2. Ask questions to guide toward a greater maturity. (JUMP group)

            3. Form partnerships for learning and mentoring.                 (JUMP group)

            4. Pray for and have conversations with the lost.                   (Prayer Tool)

            5. Deepen these relationships with fun and fellowship.         (Prayer Tool)

            6. Differentiate by using gifts to serve Jesus Christ.              (Quest)

            7. Grow toward full maturity through an equipping track.    (Quest)

            8. Begin new groups to seek and nurture new believers.        (Quest)

            9. Participate in connectional equipping for ministry.           (District Equipping)

The single page brochure for the JUMP group and prayer tool follows this page.

These behaviors can work together as an effective Discipleship System for local churches of any size. When a critical mass practice these faithful behaviors, full adoption is not far off. And a critical mass for s-curve adoption is only 16-25% of a church or group.

What are the components of a simple, effective Discipleship System which can bring about these results? How will you build yours?

Let’s begin!





[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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