The Dialogue Seminar consists of five modules on organizational change

The Dialogue Seminar consists of five modules on organizational change with the same format as the previous seminar. The information in these modules is based on blending insights from Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline[1]with the sociological research into cultural change known as the diffusion of innovations as described by Everett Rogers and Geoffrey Moore.[2] The afternoon will be devoted to an explanation of your Diagnostic Tool results by staff and associates of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Office of Congregational Development.

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[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.

[1]Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art And Practice of the Learning Organization (New York: Doubleday, 1990).

[2]Everett M. Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, 4th ed. (New York: Free Press, 1995). Geoffrey Moore, Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers, Rev. ed. (New York: Collins, 2002). As a means of indicating the importance of Rogers’ work in social science, Dr. Singhal stated: “The Diffusion of Innovations book, now in its fourth edition, is today the second most cited book in the social sciences. Perhaps someday soon it will be in first place.” Arvind Singhal, Introducing Professor Everett M. Rogers, 47th Annual Research Lecturer, University of New Mexico, (accessed June 15, 2007).

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