Ministry visits are not social calls nor do they focus on friendships.

This entry is part 109 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Ministry visits are not social calls nor do they focus on friendships. Ministry visits target specific needs in specific people which the cell seeks to resolve by many personal visits on seeker turf, prayer and signs of caring. Ministry visits begin the spiritual mentoring process in a hierarchy of involvement as cell members, cell leader, section leader, senior deacon or deaconess and staff pastor all visit the seeker in teams, one after another, in order to pray over the seeker’s difficulty. When the problem resolves, the responsibility for success is assigned to Jesus Christ the problem solver. If the problem worsens, the caring solidarity of the visitation increases and the person feels loving support in the isolation of his or her suffering, as in, “When I was in greatest need, it was the Christians who came to me.”





[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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