IFD575 – Disciple Making 101
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What is the simplest system one can use to make disciples for the transformation of the world? As the third world evangelism movement known as T4T explains, “There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples, and disciples who need to become disciple makers.” In seven modules we will examine our own lives for patterns whereby we came to become disciples and how others influenced us in that spiritual transformation of grace, learn five stages by which disciples grow to become disciple makers, and learn a simple spiritual discipline – the Prayer Tool – that helps us make disciples within our social network – our neighbors, whom we are commanded to love. This course provides specific methods to implement ¶126 of the Book of Discipline: “Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.”
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David Oliver Kueker has been fascinated by evangelism and disciple making ever since he became a follower of Jesus on the campus of the University of Illinois in 1972 through the ministry of the Jesus People. He advocates an interpersonal, networking discipleship system that complements and balances the traditional church system. Based on patterns observed in the New Testament, John Wesley and rapidly growing third world cell churches and church planting movements, the network base design approach can effectively make disciples without requiring everything to change. This approach can level the playing field between small and large churches because disciple making is based on effectively nurturing relationships, not buildings, programs or performances.
David has served as a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference since 1980; he holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky (1980), and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (2008). After graduation, he began to publish his research in evangelism online at www.disciplewalk.com.