Churches fail to thrive when the Great Commission is not the central priority.

This entry is part 25 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

These churches thrive because at the core of all they do is a passionate obedience to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as the highest priority of the local church. Every member without exception is expected to be directly involved in the making of new disciples and is fully supported in that task by the church’s organizational structure. Churches fail to thrive when the Great Commission is not the central priority. A discipleship system which nurtures disciples during the stages of prevenient and sanctifying grace would address this failure to thrive.[1] The Diagnosis Seminar, the first of three, will explain the basics of a cell church discipleship system for the ministry context and provide templates to clarify, classify and diagnose current reality for disciple-making.[2]






[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]Failure to thrive is fundamentally understood as a developmental problem caused by neglect of nurturance after birth. A failure to thrive is a failure to developmentally mature.

[2]An example of a template would be the lines representing states, counties or highways that overlay weather satellite photos or Doppler radar; the template is not a part of the data, nor does it change or interact with the data, but reveals important aspects of the data.

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