E. The sign of a person moving into the teen phase of spiritual maturity is differentiation; this is usually expressed as discontent. The spiritual child has outgrown the nurturing womb of the family and is beginning to separate. This desire to discover oneself and act out of individuation needs to be guided from self-service into the Lord’s service (Matthew 16:24). The discovery of one’s spiritual giftedness and calling to minister is a central task of spiritual adolescence.
 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 www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. 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 CreateSpace.com.
   
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