B. Connectionalism, the historical form of Methodist organization, is a viable third alternative to the lose-lose, “either/or” power struggle between centralization and congregationalism. Connectionalism is based on linking individuals into relational networks; power is shared through multiple interpersonal links which allow conversations that create influence beyond a visionary minority. Connectionalism allows for strong central leadership by the professional staff and respect for the value and ministry of each individual at the local level. Cell churches are inherently connectional and are direct descendants of Wesley’s form of organization. Cell churches provide a third alternative model for organization which is both very effective in contemporary culture and highly successful at making disciples.
 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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