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

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 a cultural reality that as many as half the active members will serve Christ only by participating in worship.[1] This is not biblical discipleship as practiced by Jesus, John Wesley or in modern cell churches. In cell churches Christians love their neighbors and welcome them into nurturing spiritual nuclear families where disciples are spiritually born and raised within healthy human networks of Christian love.

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[1] 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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[1]E. Carver McGriff and M. Kent Millard, The Passion Driven Congregation (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003), 86.

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