One huge barrier to congregational transformation is for congregations to live in a fantasy world. They do not understand who they are and how the demographics of their context will empower their congregational potential. They want to be like congregations they see on in the Internet, on television, in books, or through speakers. They have a friends and family who are members of highly successful congregations and they think they can be like them.
Perhaps they can. Often, they cannot. Clearly defining who they are and what their potential might be is a great beginning point for congregational transformation.