Systems preserve current homeostasis.

Systems preserve current homeostasis. Systemic resistance to change is a primary barrier to the spread of the gospel.[1] Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype describes how systems limit church growth through the interaction of reinforcing and balancing processes.[2] Systems, by their nature, can only accept, support and promote changes that seem to have no chance of altering homeostasis. As all that is commonly known to be true supports homeostasis, a new paradigm of successful systemic change will be paradoxical, contrarian, and fiercely resisted. A second goal of this project is to prepare disciple-making tools which can operate without provoking systemic resistance to change.





[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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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Lyle E. Schaller, The Interventionist (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997), 139-149. Systems prevent change and preserve homeostasis by excluding new people, new needs and new ideas in a homeostasis that does not make disciples. See pages 14-43 of this study guide for further discussion.

[2]Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art And Practice of the Learning Organization (New York: Doubleday, 1990), 79-88, 95-104, 124-126, 227-232, 379-380, 389-390. All Senge systems archetypes are built from combinations of reinforcing and balancing processes. See pages 46-50, 100-102, 142-148, 152, 155, 159, 161-162, 170 of this study guide for further discussion..

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