Second Order Feedback
|Figure 1: Institutional Model of Church Growth|
Overshoot and Decline
|Figure 2: Overshoot and Decline Behaviour of Church Growth and Institutionalism|
The result is the institutional lifecycle of figure 2. This is the current state of most of the older denominations in the UK and other Western countries. The revivals of the 18th- 19th centuries have transitioned to organisations with much wider concerns than just saving souls. The timescale of this second order effect, about 300 years in this case, is much longer than that of the revival growth dynamics.