Three causes for systemic resistance derived from Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype

This entry is part 27 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Three causes for systemic resistance derived from Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype are (1) pushing the trend, (2) the thermostat correction and (3) the competency limit. The latter is derived from Heylighen’s Generalized Peter Principle, which states that “in evolution systems tend to develop up to the limit of their adaptive competence.” Ultimately, any church can grow only to the limit of its competence; cell churches fundamentally grow because their discipleship system raises the competence of each participant to fulfill the Great Commission. They overcome resistance to effectively make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. The Decision Seminar, the last of three in this project, will present simple components to build a viable, relational, developmental, evangelistic discipleship system suitable for the majority of local churches within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.






[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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