E. If conversations change lives, then a working definition of a person’s micro-mission field would be all those with whom that person had conversation on a regular basis.
F. A social system has a structure which gives regularity and stability to human behavior; structure allows predictability in expectations and is based on information (norms) about which there is little anxiety or uncertainty. Norms are established behavior patterns for the members of a social system that define a range of tolerable behavior and serve as a guide or standard for member behavior in a social system. Rogers “norms” are Senge’s “mental models.” Compatibility within existing norms highly increases the rate and likelihood of adoption.
G. Acceptance of an innovation is a process of communication that is “a two way process of convergence rather than as a one way, linear act in which one individual seeks to transfer a message to another in order to achieve certain effects.” Dialogue is the primary activity of an effective Discipleship System; when the disciples are sent out to preach, they go in pairs; one proclaims while the other is in dialogue.
HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:
2.37 For the innovation, “Jesus is Lord,” how could you help people through the five steps of adoption: knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation and confirmation?
2.38 For the
innovation, “Jesus is Lord,” how could you encourage adoption by increasing the
relative advantage, compatibility, trialability, observability and reinvention
while decreasing complexity?
Senge, Fifth Discipline, 174-204.
Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, 26.
Ibid., 6. Dialogue is essential for team learning and in processes of planned change. Senge, Fifth Discipline, 233-272.
It’s obvious that while Jesus was teaching, healing, praying or doing other things, the disciples were engaged in conversations and doing ministry with persons in the crowd (Mark 2:15-16, John 6:8-9, John 12:20-22, Matthew 17:16, John 4:2). The disciples were practicing apprentices and interns, not passive listeners. Jesus would draw a crowd and stir things up while the disciples would engage people in dialogue as a means of evangelism.