This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
Steve Cornell suggests that "the recent trend to pursue new ways to do church" may be "an indicator of a deep identity crisis in many churches and leaders":
Though it is not always the case, often the leaders who attend these conferences do not have confidence in ministry because they lack a solid scriptural understanding of the church. A superficial ecclesiology makes leadership susceptible faulty understandings of ministry success. Leaders need to develop and teach a biblical theology of church. People can be more easily moved to change methods if they are secure in their understanding of what scripture teaches about the church. Revisit important NT texts like Acts 20; Ephesians 4:11-16 and I Peter 5:1-4. If you do an investigative study of these passages, you can save the money spent on a trip to the mega-Church.