Do you know what this means? Here it is:
If You Keep Doing What You Have Been Doing You Will Keep Getting What You Have Been Getting.
Most of the time when we think about how we can reach people for Christ we say things like pray more, share our faith more, do more events. Rarely, however, do we actually increase our efforts. If we do, we do it for a while and then fall back to a status quo level of prayerful and evangelistic output.
One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and expecting different results.
If we are not reaching our targeted people group by the ways we have been doing it up until now, then we need to do things in new ways.
Most people get rather defensive when you start to question methods and approaches to ministry. Why is that? Because we are invested in what we've been doing. If someone suggests that our method is not effective we feel a need to justify it in order to save face, legitmize our position, and justify the time and money we have put into our approach. We don't want to feel like we've wasted time. We really don't want to feel like we've wasted money people have given to us to do ministry the way we've told them we will do it.
But... What if, in all honesty, there ARE better ways to reach our people? What if God would have us change? Do we have the courage to change?
If we have an approach that we're not willing to sacrifice in order to see a Church Planting Movement, then we have the wrong approach. We must be committed to the the growth of God's kingdom, not to our "pet" approaches for growing it.