Receptor churches teach an attractive discipleship that does not make disciples

J. Receptor churches teach an attractive discipleship that does not make disciples, or there would be an explosion of new Christians originating within these churches rather than transferring into these churches. Receptor growth is growth by addition; disciples making disciples that make disciples is growth by multiplying generations (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

K. People shift from small, disciple making churches to large receptor churches in order to meet spiritual needs. These needs were once able to be met while remaining members of small, local churches through district equipping tracks and ministries. Restoring the capability for these needs to be met while remaining in the same type of small membership church is key to fulfilling the growth statistics Schwarz indicates are possible. The average small membership church within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference does not fulfill this potential.





[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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