a different adaptation to the prairie environment which is now highly resistant to change.

This entry is part 59 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Third Systemic Problem: Traditional “Prairie” DNA

            Rapidly growing cell churches credit their success to John Wesley’s use of class meetings in England. The churches of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference are also hereditary descendants of Wesley’s societies with very different characteristics. Expediency, a basic principle in Wesleyan DNA, led to a different adaptation to the prairie environment which is now highly resistant to change. Cultural DNA is information which defines norms and homeostasis.





[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 www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. 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 CreateSpace.com.

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