2.05 JOURNAL: Record your reflections and document your answers to the Questions for a Better Understanding found on page 139 with regard to the information.on Priority #2.

2.06 LAST TWELVE MEMBER FAMILIES EXERCISE: List the last twelve new member families that joined your church as adult members. (Do not include youth joining after a confirmation class as their families are long term members.) Our goal is to learn the details of their journey into our church and onward to spiritual growth within our church.

            Create a list of family members, contact information and the date they joined the church. Contact them with the following questions:

            How did you first learn of our church?

            Think about the path into the church for you; what happened first? Next?

            Who played an important role prior to your first attendance at worship?

                        What did they do that was important for you?

            Who played an important role after your first attendance at worship?

                        What did they do that was important for you?

            Who played an important role after you joined the church?

                        What did they do that was important for you?

            What could have improved the experience of entering our church?

            What sort of churches have been a part of your background prior to coming to our church? Size? Denomination? Location?





[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.

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