Category Archives: Ch 1 The Problem

USA Cell Church Examples

This entry is part 13 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Dale Galloway used the Yoido 5×5 system to build New Hope Community Church of Portland, Oregon, to more than five thousand persons in cells by 1990.[1] Bethany World Prayer Center, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was inspired by the Elim Church … Continue reading

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The second goal of the project is to bring about adoption of evangelistic innovations by a critical mass of the clergy, then from clergy to a critical mass of laity in a critical mass of the churches of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

This entry is part 37 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The second purpose is based on research from the Diffusion of Innovations whichindicates that when a critical mass of a people group has adopted an innovation, it will rapidly overcome resistance and its full adoption is inevitable.[1] Rapid adoption can … Continue reading

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First, I propose to meet this need for consulting by developing a seminar based Self-Study process to present basic information on church growth

This entry is part 38 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Project Purpose             In 2003 I was trained as one of six certified consultants supporting the Office of Congregational Development of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. In 2004 this judicatory unit was given the responsibility of responding to requests for … Continue reading

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inviting persons to worship where they arrive as strangers, worship with strangers, leave as strangers, and remain strangers.

This entry is part 39 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The attraction paradigm combined with evangelism as a salvation event has resulted in the approach of inviting persons to worship where they arrive as strangers, worship with strangers, leave as strangers, and remain strangers. Even the most progressive congregations face … Continue reading

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Wesley resolved not to preach where he could not include everyone in class meetings for spiritual community

This entry is part 40 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

John Wesley’s Societies did not practice ministry to strangers, but ministry that created community through long term relationships of influence. To convert people without the relational support that will disciple them fully toward sanctification is like fathering children and then … Continue reading

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Ministry to strangers, like all addictions …

This entry is part 41 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The stranger focus is widespread within the church today. Christians prefer to share the gospel with strangers. The greater the cross-cultural gulf, the greater the adventure and attraction to minister to strangers. The culture even practices random acts of kindness … Continue reading

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There were no strangers in Wesley’s Methodism.

This entry is part 42 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Traditional Prairie DNA presumes that people know each other prior to church involvement. Robert Putnam’s research indicates that American networks of engagement are breaking down and that this loss of “social capital” is the primary cause of many serious social … Continue reading

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The kingdom of God spreads from person to person within human networks of influence.

This entry is part 43 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Leadership is influence.[1] Influence exists only within relationships. The work of the pastor is to equip the saints for the work of ministry; that ministry is the building up the body of Christ.[2] The work of ministry to which the … Continue reading

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the smaller the target group in a diverse society, the fewer the barriers to kinship

This entry is part 44 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

McGavran’s definition of a homogenous unit is “simply a section of society in which all the members have some characteristic in common.”[1] A positive rewording of the homogenous principle is that people prefer to hear the gospel from persons where … Continue reading

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Conversion is more directly related to relational influences on an individual than any other factor.

This entry is part 45 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Human societies are actually living social networks of relationships where each person is linked by diverse forms of kinship. A gospel that spreads along human kinship networks will eventually unite people across all ethnic and socioeconomic barriers. Jesus, John Wesley … Continue reading

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