Many congregations are unaware of the difference between a PUSH strategy and a PULL strategy for transformation. A PUSH strategy is transactional, and a PULL strategy is transformational. Only a PULL strategy results in transformation.
A PUSH strategy assesses the past to present of a congregation, seeks to anticipate what is next, and asks God to bless incremental actions that have resulted from brainstorming by smart people. A PULL strategy begins with God and seeks to discern the leaps God wants a congregation to make in the direction where God is leading it, and then adjusts congregational actions in response.