He noted that just as it is natural for a child to grow so it is natural for the church to grow. When a child doesn't grow, we look for what is keeping him from growing. So it should also be with the church. If a church isn't growing, we need to look for what is keeping it from growing. Growth is natural and a part of how we are made.
The other analogy relates to surfing. Rick Warren writes:
Surfing is the art of riding waves that God builds. God makes the waves; surfers just ride them. No surfer tries to create waves. If the waves aren't there, you just don't surf that day! On the other hand, when surfers see a good wave, they make the most of it, even if that means surfing in the middle of a storm.... Our job, like experienced surfers, is to recognize a wave of God's Spirit and ride it. It is not our responsibility to make waves but to recognize how God is working in the world and join him in the endeavor.So in other words, the challenge for the church is to have eyes that see the movements of God and then join God in the movement that He creates.
So these are thoughts I'm pondering on and as we move through the book on a monthly basis, I may have other comments.