Systems prevent change by encouraging the visionary minority to bring information to the entire system at once.

Systems prevent change by encouraging the visionary minority to bring information to the entire system at once. Innovations must diffuse through the framework from Innovators to Laggards in turn.[1] The innovation must quietly enter the Middle Adopters, or pragmatics, through a carefully prepared niche. Consensus for change is a contradiction in a diffusion of innovationsunderstanding; seeking consensus prevents change.[2] Attempting to achieve consensus by publicizing the innovation among the pragmatic majority via media, preaching, presentation or debate guarantees failure by provoking resistance among those who are not ready to hear. In any vote, change will be defeated 84% to 16%. This is why any change presented in worship is fiercely resisted. Information about change must be brought to people only as they become interested.





[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]Moore, Crossing the Chasm, 14.

[2]The only concession necessary from the majority for systemic change to occur is freedom for a diversity that allows differentiation to exist (Acts 5:34-39).

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