The attraction paradigm creates a “come structure” that is not effective …

This entry is part 71 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

All of these church activities are based on an attraction paradigm: if a denomination can make church participation desirable to the lost, they will come to the church; if they stay there long enough, eventually the magical mystery moment will occur when they become disciples. It is therefore necessary to remove anything offensive and all barriers to make entry into the church as easy as possible. When this approach consistently fails, the system responds by pushing the trend as if working harder at what does not work would bring success. The attraction paradigm creates a “come structure” that is not effective in current reality.[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]The motto of an evangelism approach based on the attraction paradigm could be “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” The Igniting Ministry approach has performed a great service by helping churches that have long ignored people in their environment to finally become aware of and open to newcomers. Hospitality, while important and necessary, is an institutional response and only a helpful step toward growth by addition. It is not disciple-making that leads to disciple-makers.

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