DiscipleWalk: Community

Parable: The Stainless Steel Church

The Chairman of the Administrative Board called the meeting to order.  “We have a problem,”
he announced gravely, “with mice.  They are gnawing holes in the wood and getting into the

The innovator had an unusual idea.  “If we tore down the old church and built a new one out of
stainless steel, the mice couldn’t gnaw their way in.”

The early adopter saw the advantages.  “We would certainly be in the forefront of all the
churches in our conference in using this new material to build a church.  Just think: it would
never rust, never need painting, and last forever.”

The middle adopter was practical.  “Wouldn’t it be very hard to work with steel as a building
material?  You’d have to weld everything.  And it wouldn’t be cheap.”

The late adopter was nostalgic.  “I would miss the old church of wood.  It seems so comfortable
and warm to me.  Wouldn’t steel be expensive to heat in winter?”

The laggard harrumphed.  “My sister has too many cats on her farm.  I’ll bring one over
tomorrow and it won’t cost us a nickel.”

“Well, I see we’ve solved that problem,” the chair noted.  “Now, on to the next problem.”


If you would like to ask questions, join the online discussion of these issues, share your own parables and experiences, or be a part of the online community, please send an introductory email to this email address: david@disciplewalk.com


This post, and others in this series, are based on David Oliver Kueker’s 2007 Fuller Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry project, Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. This information has been moved from the author’s website at DiscipleWalk.com to blog post form here at AmbidextrousChurch.com.

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