Category Archives: An Introduction

Understanding by Design … is uniquely suited as a learning process to interest and involve “Innovators” and “Early Adopters.”

This entry is part 29 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Change must begin with “Innovators” and move through each diffusion framework category in order. Understanding by Design, a book by authors Grant P. Wiggins and Jay McTighe, is uniquely suited as a learning process to interest and involve “Innovators” and … Continue reading

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The focus of this project is to raise the adaptive competence of the majority of churches

This entry is part 28 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The focus of this project is to raise the adaptive competence of the majority of churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference through a widespread, productive understanding of cell church growth principles. Innovative change is first information, then a choice, … Continue reading

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Three causes for systemic resistance derived from Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype

This entry is part 27 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Three causes for systemic resistance derived from Peter Senge’s Limits to Growth systems archetype are (1) pushing the trend, (2) the thermostat correction and (3) the competency limit. The latter is derived from Heylighen’s Generalized Peter Principle, which states that … Continue reading

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… as much to do with overcoming resistance to change as with innovative methods of evangelism.

This entry is part 26 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Overcoming Resistance to Change in Cultural Contexts             Viewing church growth from an organic systems perspective allows a clearer understanding of why third world cell churches grow rapidly. It is not a cultural oddity or an environmental factor.[1] Cell churches … Continue reading

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Churches fail to thrive when the Great Commission is not the central priority.

This entry is part 25 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

These churches thrive because at the core of all they do is a passionate obedience to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as the highest priority of the local church. Every member without exception is expected to be directly involved … Continue reading

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… is transforming itself to a modified metachurch model …

This entry is part 24 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago is transforming itself to a modified metachurch model of using small groups to provide community in their congregation of more than twenty thousand.[1] Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church of rural Dayton, Ohio, grew from … Continue reading

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In four years they had gained a net growth of two thousand families.

This entry is part 23 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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“It is God’s will that his Church grow …”

This entry is part 22 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

In the following twenty centuries the pace of change has accelerated as the population of the world has increased. Each new generation of Christians has flourished relative to their obedience to everything that Jesus commanded. As Donald McGavran said, “It … Continue reading

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… used the Yoido system, known as the “5×5″ model …

This entry is part 21 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

In South America, the Elim Church in El Salvador used the Yoido system, known as the “5×5″ model, to build a church of 130,000 members in 1999.[1] The International Charismatic Mission (ICM) of Bogota, Columbia, grew from eight members in … Continue reading

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There is a problem in the Church of Jesus Christ in the United States of America.

This entry is part 20 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Mainline Decline and Third World Cell Church Growth             There is a problem in the Church of Jesus Christ in the United States of America. Scientific pollster George Gallup stated that “North America is the only continent where Christianity is … Continue reading

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