The Persecution Exercise

HOMEWORK Discussion Questions/The Persecution Exercise:

            An atheistic dictatorship has taken power in our country. All churches and religious groups are abolished and outlawed. Public worship is outlawed, all pastors are put in prison or executed, along with any lay leaders who protest this policy. All church committees are disbanded. All church funds and property is confiscated; church buildings are turned into museums, recreation halls or community centers where no religious activity is allowed. Any public gathering for religious purposes or public demonstration of faith is considered a threat to the ruling government and a crime punished by execution or imprisonment.

            3.01 What will happen in your church in the following week?

            3.02 What will you personally do? What will others in your church do?

            3.03 How does persecution help and/or hinder a discipleship system? Why?





[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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