Middle Adopters, Late Adopters and the Laggards represent a pragmatic majority that functions as the Balancing process and 84% of the whole.

F. The visionary minority represent a reinforcing process for change comprising 16% of the whole. Middle Adopters, Late Adopters and the Laggards represent a pragmatic majority that functions as the Balancing process and 84% of the whole. If the visionary minority brings the proposed change to the whole for a vote, it will immediately be defeated 84% to 16%. When the whole group encounters the change, whether by presentation in worship or an attempt to achieve consensus, failure is guaranteed. Pushing the trend only solidifies opposition in the balancing process. The commonly accepted practice of seeking consensus guarantees failure. Successful changes begin quietly in a corner and multiply organically as leaven (Matthew 13:33). All that is needed for transformation to thrive is permission for diversity to exist.

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[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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