Only Innovators and Early Adopters are interested in change

D. Adopter categories provide a clear framework for innovation adoption to diffuse throughout a cultural entity, be that a primitive tribe, a large international corporation, a denomination or a local church. Change must begin with Innovators and spread across the categories in order to the Laggards.[1]

E. Only Innovators and Early Adopters are interested in change. Only the visionary minority perceive a need for change, and to them it is a need so clear that they are frequently unable to explain either the need or the innovation to the others in a way that others can understand.





[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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[1]Moore, Crossing the Chasm, 14.

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