Illinois Great Rivers Conference approved an ambitious “Comprehensive Plan
for Church Growth and Development” as a new century began in 2000.
In 1998, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference had an average weekly total attendance
of 83,469 in 992 churches; in 2006, average weekly worship attendance was
74,431 in 899 churches served by 463 full-time clergy and a growing number of
part-time pastors. The plan calls for an expenditure of $12,175,000 over ten
years in order to start thirty new churches and revitalize many existing
 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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Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Official Journal-Yearbook 2000 (Springfield, IL: Illinois Great Rivers Conference, 2000), 392-404.