In Holy Scripture God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways–oracle of the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, my thoughts higher than your thoughts" (IS 55: 8-9). There are many times in the Church's history that we have tried to increase our membership. But perhaps we haven’t always followed the Lord’s ways.
“Concretely this entails: (1) trusting in the Lord and giving him permission to move as he pleases; seeking his wisdom, his ‘now’ word, and waiting upon it, with proper discernment, not making any major moves without it; (2) profound openness to the Holy Spirit, the power of God, and the various ministry gifts through which the Church is empowered” (Constitutions & Rules, Our Roots).