If one is to observe all the commands of Christ, as demanded by the Great Commission, that obedience must include the Great Commission. To be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ means that each person goes, makes disciples and teaches them mature obedience to all the commands of Christ, including the Great Commission. While Jesus did heal, preach and teach, his primary activity was relationally equipping his disciples. No concept of holiness or “being like Jesus” is accurate without this priority. One cannot be like Jesus without making disciples. The making of disciples cannot be delegated to institutions, clergy or others who are evangelistically gifted. Jesus commands it through the Great Commission as the responsibility of every faithful individual.
 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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