What are your church’s goals? Are they in writing?

C. Ginghamsburg Church motto: If Jesus would vote “yes”then you cannot vote “no.”

D. Christian Schwarz: The shortest list of quality characteristics I know of was given to me by the Korean pastor, David Yongii Cho, in a telephone conversation: “Pray and obey.” That is certainly one way to summarize the issue.[1]

E. Corinne Ware: The task of transformation is to find a way to keep the Sower’s holy seed alive and continuously growing in us, to see that it takes deep root in the good soil of our open spirits.[2] Reading scripture is necessary to know the Lord’s will.

HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:

2.18 What are your church’s goals? Are they in writing? Are they the result of prayer?

2.19 Are these goals the primary focus of energy in your church? Of budget allocations?

2.20 What percentage of your congregation would you estimate is aware of these goals? What percentage of your congregation is working to achieve these goals?

2.21 What are your personal goals? Are they in writing? Are they the result of prayer? Are they the primary focus of your life? Your time? Your money?

2.22 Do these goals reflect the teachings of Jesus? Of other scriptures?

2.23 Do these goals indicate that Jesus is Lord of your church? Of your life?

2.24 Are you comfortable or uncomfortable with the idea of Jesus as Lord?

2.25 If Jesus was truly Lord of your life, what would be different? The same?

2.26 If Jesus was truly Lord in the lives of all the active members of your church, what would be different? The same? What would a camera see?





[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]Christian A. Schwarz, Paradigm Shift in the Church: How Natural Church Development Can Transform Theological Thinking (Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1999), 243.

[2]Corinne Ware, Saint Benedict on the Freeway: A Rule of Life for the 21st Century (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001), 20.

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