As I read chapter 17 in Dawn's book I noticed that it is very important to stand and be strong. I also noticed how I've been the guy whose battered the pastor to change. Changes in culture should never dictate how church is run. If a pastor changes with the whims of the culture there will be no foundation. I do believe that churches have to make corrections but not drastic changes.
Dawn touched on important emotions in chapt. 19. We tend to look for emotional highs to drive us closer to God instead of using a foundation which is based on the Bible. We tend to look at so many variables as barometers of spirituality or church growth. We look at numbers in the pews or we look at the energy being displayed. It's ironic that these two chapters come at a time when I can relate them to our economy. We must not be driven by circumstance to make decisions. We must have the faith and trust in God that he has our best interests at heart and not only that but His plan is far better than ours ever could be. If we change churches in the down time then we miss the building phase of growth. We mustn't view church as the stock market as we buy low and sell high. When we offer ouselves to following Jesus we must commit for the long haul no matter what it takes us through or where it takes us to.