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There is a problem in the Church of Jesus Christ in the United States of America. Scientific pollster George Gallup stated that “North America is the only continent where Christianity is not growing.”[1] John and Sylvia Ronsvalle discovered clear trends from 1968-1993 in giving and membership data in twenty-nine mainline denominations; if nothing changes, giving will entirely cease by 2032 and church membership “will fall to zero percent of the U.S. population in less than one hundred years.”[2] United Methodist church growth expert George Hunter, III, considered America in 1998 to be the fourth largest mission field in the world.[3] There is no county within the United States where the percentage of church attendance is higher than ten years ago.[4] Some growth in American churches is deceptive, as between 70-90% of new members are received from other churches. This is not church growth, but the accelerated decline of other churches to the benefit of the receptor church.[5] The basic problem facing the United Methodist Church today, as well as many historically influential denominations, is a failure of the majority of churches to thrive; a systemic homeostasis of not making disciples has become normative within the traditional church.[6] Chapter 1 will examine the ministry context of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and thoroughly identify four systemic problems in historical and contemporary context.


[1]Mission Spokane, “Why We Need to Plant New Churches . . . Nationwide,” Mission Spokane, http://www.missionspokane.org/needplant.html (accessed June 12, 2007). Cf. Gene Wood, Leading Turnaround Churches (St. Charles, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 2001), 34.

[2]Merton P. Strommen, The Innovative Church: Seven Steps to Positive Change in Your Congregation (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1997), 80. For more information on research by the Ronsvalles, see empty tomb, inc., http://www.emptytomb.org/ (accessed June 12, 2007).

[3]George Hunter, quoted in David J. Gyertson, “Ministry in the New Millennium,” Ministry Magazine, (September 1998).

[4]David Garrison, Church Planting Movements: How God Is Redeeming a Lost World (Midlothian, VA: WIGTake Resources, 2004), 160.

[5]Carl F. George, The Coming Church Revolution: Empowering Leaders for the Future (Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 1994), 37-38.

[6]Cf. Steven J. Goodwin, Catching the Next Wave: Leadership Strategies for Turn-Around Congregations (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1999), 17-31.

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I thought of you when I read this quote from “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” by Dr. Jason Fung, Timothy Noakes –

“Widely acknowledged as healthy, the Mediterranean diet is high in oleic acid, the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil. Olives are native to the Mediterranean region, and olive oil was being produced as early as 4500 BC. Ripe olive fruit is crushed into a paste and the oil is extracted using a press. The term “virgin” refers to oil that is extracted using these mechanical means only and is certainly the best choice.”

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QNQS TEMPLATE (Wesley@Wesley Bible Study)

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This post is related to the Wesley@Wesley Bible Study of the Kinmundy and Wesley United Methodist Churches.

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.
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QNQS TEMPLATE (Kinmundy/Wesley Blog)

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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.
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QNQS TEMPLATE – Book Report (BLANK)

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QNQS TEMPLATE (Extend the Sermon blog post)

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QNQS TEMPLATE (Sermon Transcript)

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QNQS TEMPLATE (blank)

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QNQS Template (Disciple Making 101)

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[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s online course entitled “Disciple Making 101” and available for free download at DiscipleMaking101.com. In 2012 it became available for purchase as a softcover book entitled  Disciple Making 101: A Workbook through Amazon.com.

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At its heart, stewardship is really about worship.

QUOTE: At its heart, stewardship is really about worship. It is a declaration that God, and therefore God’s Church, is worthy of receiving the best we have to offer. It is about declaring, “God I really do give you my all: my life, my time, my energies, my resources all put at your disposal for your purposes.” This sort of giving then becomes a form of worship for it is not focused on the self any longer, because genuine spiritually blessed giving recognizes God as sovereign over our lives. [1]

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Beautiful thoughts, especially how giving is worship. It is.

Which leads to the darker thought that some worship the church budget. Or the institutional church. Or the designated gift that is only an expression of the giver’s personal pleasures and preferences. (Perhaps glorifying myself … “my will be done” …)

Truly, where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. But does my treasure flow toward my heart’s preferences, or do I direct my treasure as God desires and let my heart then flow toward it?

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS: How do I surrender all of me to the pleasures and preferences of Jesus? How might that change my giving? Is my giving the last stronghold that is surrendered?

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[1] Facebook friend and colleague Gene Ramsay, 9/25/2018, on his public group, Methodists Committed to Holy Conversation.

The photo by jnshaumeyer entitled Stewardship Graphic is from   https://www.flickr.com/photos/jnshaumeyer/5389032557

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