Towards a true ecclesiology, based on reality, that understands change.

This entry is part 76 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project



            A creational ecclesiology begins with the diverse complexity of created reality and derives its logical coherence from a continual comparison between derived theory, based on reason and tradition, and experiential reality informed by general or natural revelation. A true ecclesiology must arise out of reality as God has created it and out of Scripture where God describes it. Created reality is constantly changing; a true ecclesiology will be able to explain and predict those changes. A New Testament ecclesiology will be able to explain the process of change at work in the Church; it will be able to explain church growth and the historical development of the New Testament Church into the Traditional Church. As the Church is the outcome of the work of Jesus, ecclesiology is the central and dominant concept in the evolving theology of the New Testament. An inductive theology will look for order and patterns in current reality. This project proposes a change-friendly, disciple-making ecclesiology clarified by scientific research on systemic change by Peter Senge, Everett Rogers and Edwin Friedman.





[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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