A Discovery Group can develop a ministry plan of 10-15 pages

Section 3: Assembling A Discovery Group

            Diffusion of innovations research indicates that 16% of a given people group are interested in change. All changes flow from the efforts of this gifted minority for the benefit of all concerned. A Discovery Group gathers innovators and early adopters in a given church to engage in a formal process of study, prayer and work toward a better church. Anyone and any church can improve, and we are all called to go “onward to perfection” (Matthew 5:48).

            Using this seminar process, a Discovery Group can develop a ministry plan of 10-15 pages plus a large Fact Book of edited results from the assignments.[1] Consultants from the Office of Congregational Development are available to help you with the process.


8.1 BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Read Chapter Three: Learning Strategy for more information on the learning strategy and process for this project.[2]

8.2 JOURNAL: Record your reflections and document your answers to the Questions for a Better Understanding found on page 139 with regard to this module.

8.3 What is your plan? Consider whether you will approach the material as an informal self-study for your own benefit, organize an informal discussion group in your local church, or begin the formal process of a organizing a Discovery Group with a consultant from the Office of Congregational Development.





[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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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]The Discovery Report format is derived from William M. Luther, How to Develop a Business Plan in Fifteen Days (New York: Amacom, 1987).

[2]David O. Kueker, “Part II: Learning Strategy,” http://www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html (accessed June 15, 2007).

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