Research on Evangelism, Disciple Making and Disciple Makers

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: David Kueker <dkueker@admin

To: Charliam Renner ; Brad Watkins

Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 11:28:35 AM CDT

Subject: Research on Evangelism, Disciple Making and Disciple Makers

Dear Charliam and Brad

It’s been 2 weeks and 2 days since my dramatic comments and sharing a printed copy of the Fuller Seminary 2007 DMin project on revitalizing the IGRC. It’s a lot of information; my wife calls this my tendency to “back up the dump truck of knowledge.” The printed material is available for free download as PDFs from 
and – these can be uploaded to Kindle if that is your preferred reading method.

I wanted to send the two of you a series of emails, about 1 a week, that are a little more manageable in size. The DMin project is the dump truck, but the material has evolved since it was submitted in 2007. I am aware, as my wife has been a district admin, that you deal with a river of information in your jobs every day. These emails should be simpler. You are welcome to forward them to anyone whom you feel might be interested or might be involved in arranging for any of this information to be taught or implemented in our districts.

First, here are my top ten CliftonStrengths:
1. Learner 
2. Strategic 
3. Individualization RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
4. Input 
6. Self-Assurance INFLUENCING
7. Ideation 
8. Futuristic 
9. Intellection 
10. Analytical 

Input #4 >>> Learner #1 >>> A Strategy for implementation.
Consequently, if you make a request or express an interest, the natural outcome is for me to formulate a strategy, a step-by-step plan for implementation by the IGRC. I have been reworking and repackaging this information from 2007 till today. I will do that upon request on into my retirement after June 30.

Second, the DMin project is an exhaustive study of “how 3rd world cell churches do it” and how those methods could work in the IGRC, especially in small churches <100 in attendance, as they are examples of a “network of relationships” rather than a “Program Base Design” church. Third-world cell churches organize laity into small groups to evangelize their neighbors along those existing social networks. These methods have proven to overcome systemic resistance to change – evangelism is a change – in these congregations.

Churches in the USA have copied these methods but often leave out important aspects – the active ingredients – which result in little or no actual change and which allow the comfortable “way we have always done it before” to continue, albeit with a fresh coat of paint and the application of tinsel. The four systemic problems described in Chapter 1 work on adjusting the implementation so that it is both shiny and impressive without causing significant results that could rock the boat. This neutering of something that works elsewhere, and how it happens, is probably the most beneficial aspect of the research; in the 17 years since completion, the four systemic problems have been verified again and again no matter what innovative method of evangelism is implemented.

Here is a parable of what we are dealing with:
Parable Orphanage

Parable Orphanage

Third, the major tool of systems to prevent change is conflict. Conflict, like disaffiliation, distracts us from making disciples through the use of disciple-makers, as Jesus, John Wesley, third-world cell churches, CPM (David Garrison), and organic churches (Neil Cole) do. The project applies the sociological science of the Diffusion of Innovations to church life, proposing the innovation of “following Jesus as a United Methodist” and encouraging the rate of its adoption. The Diffusion of Innovations model, which arose to explain why 90% of organized change efforts fail, fits perfectly with our situation in 2024. It, too, has been verified by my experience since 2007.

Here is a parable of what we are dealing with:


The following two books explain why innovations fail and how to overcome this. Including evangelism.

Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition Paperback – Illustrated, August 16, 2003
by Everett M. Rogers

Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers (Collins Business Essentials) Paperback – January 28, 2014
by Geoffrey A. Moore (Author)

Attached is a copy of the four-page handout I brought to the meeting with the Cabinet after Covenant Keepers. It is intentionally provocative and challenging, in the hope of beginning conversations.  Please let me know if you are interested in hearing more.

David Kueker

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18

Surprising Statements from David Kuekers 2008 Fuller Seminary DMin.pdf

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