The Newborn stage is characterized by …

Section 5: First Stage – Newborn


A. The Newborn stage is characterized by a need for love, nurture, relationships, fellowship, family, and by dependency. Newborns are unable to survive without help and can be very demanding.

B.  1 Corinthians 3:1-4: But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men?

C. Newborn Diagnosis: Pastor, I just want to be ______________.

            (And you’re not doing a very good job at it.)

            Newborns are ________________ of __________________ _______________.[1]

Answers to blanks: Pastor, I just want to be fed. Newborns are consumers of pastoral care.





[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]William A. Beckham, The Second Reformation: Reshaping the Church for the 21st Century (Houston: Touch Publications, 1995), 41-50. Answers to blanks are at the end of this section.

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