Who is David Kueker? Why do I have this web site?
“For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Mat 25:14-15
The third servant in this parable hides what he has been given in the ground because he is afraid to take a risk. When I began to look back on two decades of ministry in the United Methodist Church in the year 2000, I came to believe that too much of what I had done creatively had been buried in the ground, hidden away out of fear of criticism or rejection. It was safe in the ground, but what we are given comes to us to be used rather than stored away.
I began to consider how I might dig up all that I had buried, and provide it in such a way that anyone who was led to it could use it for the benefit of all concerned. This web site is my solution; it is a means for anyone to browse and utilize any information they find useful. If it blesses you, share it abroad; if not, please leave it lay. So that others may benefit, if you share this information with others, please let them know it came from www.disciplewalk.com so that they also might visit.
In 2000 I began working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in
Pasadena, California (https://www.fuller.edu/dmin/). Fuller is the historical source of church growth thinking and in the forefront of the growing edge of innovation in evangelism, disciple making and lay leadership development. I’ve always read more on these subjects than anyone I knew, and at Fuller I was able to learn from and with other pastors who had been reading what I had been reading.
Throughout these seven wonderful years, it became to be very clear to me that my research and particularly the project for the Doctor of Ministry should not go into the ground but be made available on such a website. I hope and pray that it is a blessing. In the future I will be adding information to the site and hope to form a community of people who enjoy dialogue around the concepts of making disciple makers, church planting and innovation in organizations.
To paraphrase the lesson the gravedigger taught me in Payson, Illinois, nearly twenty years
ago: I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I attend the United Methodist Church. Usually at the
one where I am the pastor. All the rest is not that important.
1 Corinthians 1:31: therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”
This blog 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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