One way for systems to ease tension and maintain homeostasis …

This entry is part 73 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

It is our goal that we make disciples; it is our current reality that we do not make disciples. One wonders why this is so.

There are many answers. There will always be a gap between desired reality and current reality; this gap creates tension.[1] One way for systems to ease tension and maintain homeostasis is to speak loudly in favor of change while doing nothing that would result in change. Hypocrisy is always a comfortable temptation in the face of creative tension. Announcing that our mission is to make disciples does not mean that disciples are being made.






[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]Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art And Practice of the Learning Organization (New York: Doubleday, 1990), 156-157, 226. Cf. Weems, Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit, 123-133.

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