Congregations seeking to transform are willing to execute strategic abandonment. This is about the things the congregation will stop doing so it can start doing the things that will be more effective for their future ministry. This is very tough for congregations. The culture of congregations more than a generation old is thick with things they have always done before. Sacred traditions have deep roots and incestuous patterns of relationship.
Strategic abandonment does not mean the congregation stops doing things without knowing why, and know what–if anything–will replace what is abandoned. The new things must be better than the old.