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AVLN National Leader’s Conference – 2014

Re-build '14 conference. Be There!

Nehemiah was told, in the midst of conflict and internal weakness, to “Rise up and rebuild”. In times of similar uncertainty and conflict for many, whether in our communities, our nations or our churches, we are hearing a similar counter-intuitive word. We are hearing a call to rebuild churches, communities and leaders. That is our theme for AVLN Leadership Conference 2014

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Using Social Set Theory (esp. Centered-Set) in Doing Church

By Alexander Venter, January 2014

I was honored to work with John Wimber in 1982, learning, among other things, the Social Set Theory – the three sociological models (Fuzzy, Bounded, Centered) – introduced by Jack Simms, a sociologically trained market researcher on staff with Wimber in Yorba Linda between 1978 and 82. Wimber’s understanding and usage of it, in terms of how we do church, is recorded in my book Doing Church (pp. 50-59).

Over the years I have seen – and had questions from – leaders and people applying the Centered Set model in ways never intended, resulting in confusion. We can use models to make them mean what we want – as some do with the Bible! These points are meant to clarify aspects of how Wimber used and applied Set Theory as I understood it.

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