An institutional view of the Church is unbiblical.

This entry is part 60 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

An institutional view of the Church is unbiblical.[1] When an institutional worldview is present, the focus of change is upon transforming old “come structure” institutions into postmodern institutions to attract new generations that are fundamentally opposed to institutions. Rather than adding new people to institutions, Jesus calls believers to multiply disciples by practicing the Great Commission as a community of diverse individuals.





[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]Christ did not call believers to form institutions or even to plant churches. The Great Commission does not call upon believers to convert or change cultures but convert and change individuals. Disciples are called to make disciples, which focuses always on communication between individuals. The church of the New Testament is not an institution but a herd of linked individuals. Both the human body and the body of Christ are composed of individual cells.

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