Over the past several years I have been in many conversations about the revitalization of plateaued or dying churches. In these discussions, there is usually a lot of lamenting over the decline of particular churches, along with the decline of denominations as a whole. The hand wringing is normally followed by a series of ideas or approaches to remedy the problem. In nearly every case the conversation quickly moves towards the need for a new program that will bring vitality back into the dying church. Over the past couple of years, I have noticed the most frequent “solutions” involve providing resources to equip people in the church to be more committed members, provide better, more creative ways of doing evangelism or help leaders strengthen their preaching ministry.
However, I would argue that none of these “fixes” addresses the root of the problem. Doing more of what we have done is the past is not the answer. In the midst of these meetings, I often hear the words of my friend Alan Hirsch saying; “We are perfectly designed to achieve what we are currently achieving” and “what got us here, will not get us where we need to be.”