SEMINAR THREE: An Invitation to Decision

SEMINAR THREE: An Invitation to Decision

Focus: How can we repair, rebuild or revive the discipleship system in our church?

            Welcome to the adventure! We’re glad you accepted the invitation, as many have before us. At first the adventure is easy, but then the road becomes more difficult for the disciple, as Jesus said to all: If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God (Luke 9:23-27).

            The gospel begins as information, which leads to choices, which lead to behavior. An airplane on a cross country trip is frequently off course; frequent course corrections keep it on track. Discipleship is not one decision once upon a time, but a daily decision, and perhaps more frequent than that. Small choices and small corrections are the best to keep a positive reinforcing trend of growth on track without invoking a balancing process correction.





[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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