The project consists of three one-day seminars separated by a month or more.

The project consists of three one-day seminars separated by a month or more. This allows time for implementation of the teaching in the user’s home context and bringing the resulting insights to the following seminar. This time for reflection and application is an essential part of the project; it is during this time that learners will experience a deeper application of the material and a better understanding according to the six facets.[1]

            The study guide is based on Understanding by Design’s five-step W.H.E.R.E. learning template implemented in three phases.[2] Each seminar will review “where we are going” (W) and “hook” the students (H) with a challenging and interesting two page introduction. The topic of the day will be “explored” through lecture and discussion; participants will be “equipped” to work on the specific homework exercises in their local context following each seminar (E). Back at their local church, Innovators will link up with Early Adopters to “rethink and revise” (R) the material as they work through the Homework Assignments and journal on the “Questions for a Better Understanding.” The written work will fulfill the “exhibit and evaluate” stage (E) by exhibiting student growth in self-understanding and local application of the entire seminar process.[3] Learning is holistic and integrative; the W.H.E.R.E. template facilitates learning which draws students into uncoverage at their own pace through all six facets of understanding without cluttering the learning experience with irrelevant data and theory.





[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

[2][3] [4][5] [6][7] [8]

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]Learning will flow through the three pairs in sequence: Explanation and Interpretation will lead to a greater Perspective and Empathy which will enhance the quality of the final Application and Self-Knowledge. The W.H.E.R.E. learning template also works through the pairs in this order.

[2]Wiggins and McTighe, Understanding by Design, 115-133, 190.

[3]Those on the advanced ReVision track will Exhibit and Evaluate their understanding through ongoing interaction with a consultant who will also redirect them into additional Rethinking and Revision exercises in order to deepen their understanding of their demographic community.

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