1.3 Sanctified Batting Order Review

1.3 Sanctified Batting Order Review: As you review the Sanctified Batting Order history of your church, consider the following questions.

            1. Consider the action of the Limits to Growth archetype in the fluctuations in your church’s growth. When do you see a reinforcing process at work? Explain. When do you see a balancing process at work? Explain.

            2. Has the size of your church fluctuated over the years? How so? As you review the Sanctified Batting Order history of your church, how anxious was the church during times of fluctuating growth? What contributed to increasing anxiety? What contributed to decreasing anxiety?

            3. How anxious is the church today? When did the last period of high anxiety begin and end?

            4. What is the largest change or challenge that has been a part of your church’s history? Was it planned or was it a matter of adjustment to unforseen circumstances? Did the change attempt lead into a new and better life, or did it result in a return to life as it was before?





[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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