The Great Commission as a Generational Cycle.

Section 3. The Great Commission as a Generational Cycle.

2 Timothy 2:1-2: You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.


A. This passage, 2 Timothy 2:1-2, reflects four generations of disciples, from Paul to Timothy, from Timothy to “faithful men” and from them to others. It reflects not only conversion but raising each new generation to the point where it is able to raise up the next generation. When the Great Commission is understood as a cycle, multiple generations occur as disciples make disciples who make disciples. The end result of the Great Commission is not a better disciple but a disciple maker who is able to make disciple makers.





[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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