Demographics of the Ministry Context

This entry is part 30 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project




Demographics of the Ministry Context

            The Illinois Great Rivers Conference lives within a demographic context of three and a half million people dwelling in the southern two-thirds of the state of Illinois. The basic migration patterns westward were over the Great Lakes to Chicago and through the Cumberland Gap in Tennessee. The latter explains a significant Southern cultural influence in downstate Illinois.[1]






[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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[1]Abraham Lincoln’s family migrated to Illinois through Tennessee, then Kentucky and southern Indiana to finally settle at New Salem northwest of Springfield. The Southern influence is not aristocratic but largely one of rural poverty. Harold Henderson discusses the conflicts of blending three cultural groups in Illinois, which he terms “upland Southerners, Midlanders and Yankees.” Harold Henderson, “Who We Are,” Illinois Issues: A Publication of the University of Illinois at Springfield 24, no. 5 (May 1998), under June 18, 2007). Cf. Gregory Rodriguez, “Where the Two Americas Collide,” Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2006, under publications/articles/2006/where_the_two_americas_collide (accessed June 18, 2007).

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