Largest Church Learning Principle: Wherever we are the best, we will share freely with the rest. Wherever we are not the best, we are eager to learn from the best.
HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:
1.10 What is the largest church in your community? How large is the worship attendance? How is that church different than yours? How is that church similar? What do you believe are the reasons this church has such a high level of adaptive competence?
1.11 What do you believe that you could learn from the largest church in your community? If you are the largest church, how could you benefit other churches in your community?
1.12 What questions would you want to ask at the largest church in your community? In the state? In the United States? In the world?
1.13 Consider the ministries of your church; make a list. What do you believe your church to be known for in the community? What ministries of your church would you consider among the best in your community? How could you prove that high evaluation to others?
1.14 What do you consider the boundaries of your church’s community? In order to grow, should you widen your territory and become more regional in your thinking? Or should you decrease your territory and become more locally focused?
1.15 What would it be like if the emerging trend did overwhelm the competency limit? How serious a problem would this be? Can you think of examples where this has happened?
1.16 What challenges would you anticipate for your church should it suddenly and inexplicably grow in size? How would your church likely respond to each challenge? What would you expect would happen, based on your observation of other churches?
1.17 Does it bother you to link the concept of “best church” with “largest church?” Why or why not?
 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 www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. 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 CreateSpace.com.
   
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