Our focus here is to discover what’s working.

G. Our focus here is to discover what’s working. If we adopt cell church priorities we might find that we also are developing home grown methods that overcome our own limitations to growth. It’s easy to get stuck imitating someone else’s methods and not understand the purpose that underlies those methods. It’s likely that the priorities by themselves are sufficient to raise the level of adaptive competence in United Methodist churches and make room for growth. The rest of this module answers two questions: What are the priorities of these major league churches? How do they differ from ours?[1]

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DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

[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 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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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]For an excellent chart identifying differences between traditional and cell churches, see Ralph W. Neighbor, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here? A Guidebook for the Cell Group Church, 10th Anniversary ed. (Houston: Touch Publications, 1990), 76.

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