Smaller churches are considered doomed, without hope, and in need of hospice care

This entry is part 61 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The institutional worldview perceives smaller churches as nearing the end of a product life cycle. Many are considered doomed, without hope, and in need of hospice care; in some cases this is an accurate diagnosis. Natural Church Development research, however, indicates that smaller churches have far greater potential than larger churches to produce converts that become disciple-makers. This potential is largely unfulfilled in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference; small churches are a vast resource for disciple-making.





[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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