The Wheel Illustration

Why the wheel?

This is a sample of Dawson Trotman's Wheel Illustration tract from the 1930s.

Two years after his conversion, twenty-two year old Dawson Trotman who later founded The Navigators sought to establish teen-aged boys in the Christian life. He had compared the Christian life to a three-legged stool. But life in Christ was too exciting and dynamic to live sitting down, so he asked God for another idea.

God gave him The Wheel illustration. The hub represents Christ with four equal spokes connecting into the source of life and power. Dawson believed this was a graphic model of the kind of disciples Christ wanted, and ever since, it has helped countless believers understand what they are called to do as disciples of Christ. 

Plus, you never know when you’re going to have that next great spiritual conversation with a disciple. So when divine lightening does strike, and someone begins to ask questions about living the Christian life, it can be helpful to have a plan to provide direction. Something that you can pull out of your “back pocket” that doesn’t literally have to be in your back pocket.