Congregations desiring to transform are continually evaluating the effectiveness of everything they do. They create an atmosphere that continual evaluation is a good and expected thing, and not a criticism of what anyone is doing. These congregations realize that when they get in a rut–meaning doing the same old thing because that is the way we have always done it–they risk irrelevance.
Falling into a rut is different from affirming effective patterns that should be repeated. A rut represents mediocrity; perhaps even dysfunction. Every year congregations need to choose to climb out of their deepest ruts.