Don’t abandon the children on the doorsteps of the church! Baby Christians should never be orphans!

Step 10. Keep in touch with them on an ongoing basis. Don’t abandon the children on the doorsteps of the church! Baby Christians should never be orphans!

Step 11. Evaluate annually each name on your prayer list after twelve months of prayer and conversation (Luke 13:9). Have they borne fruit and become disciples? Is it the will of the Lord Jesus that you continue to pray and network with them? Or is it the will of the Lord Jesus that you release them and choose another name?

Section Two: More Tools for Prevenient Grace.


A. The Prayer Tool is a method to help individuals work at the Great Commission. The Prayer Tool helps people examine their personal networks for ripening fruit and provide support for these people in prayer. Prayer strengthens the relationship and subtly changes how the praying person relates to the potential convert. Daily prayer, weekly contact to assess needs for prayer and a monthly opportunity, as God provides, to build up the relationship (oikodomeo) are the components of the prayer tool.[1]





[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]The Prayer Tool process is based on the way Neil Cole’s Life Transformation Groups pray for the lost. Neil Cole, Cultivating a Life for God (Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1999), 68-70.

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