I'm really chewing on this thought tonight. It's not a verbatim quote, but what I think is a reasonable paraphrase of the intent of something I heard during training today. I'd love to hear thoughts on this one.
It’s too difficult to reach out to a broken and devastated neighborhood if you don’t have enough people who are not dealing with brokenness and devastation in your church. You might have to change the area you go to to invite new members so that you'll better be able to serve your close neighborhood in the long run.