One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results. Also, if you just do the same thing you have been doing but do more of it, you will probably get the same thing you have been getting, just more of it. So, if you are dissatisfied with the current results, then you need to consider altering your approach or changing the methodology that is currently being used. Constant ruthless evaluation is an important habit if you are seeking maximum effectiveness. Never be satisfied with the status quo. Always seek to improve...I have found this advise to be so true. We get stuck in our ruts and just keep ploughing away hoping somehow that if we just do more of it and work harder at it we will somehow get the desired results. Even when something is obviously not working, we have the tendency to not change what we are doing.
For us nothing seems to work for very long. It seems we are always in a state of transistion. What worked three months ago is no longer getting the job done. The "perfect materials" were perfect for about two weeks, now they are shot full of holes. Our "superstar" church planters have moved on to something else. Now we are back to square one finding God-called laborers.
It amazes me how desperate I can get for stability and order. We want a plan, a program, a tried and proved formula to put into operation and then sit back and watch the results pour in. Yet ministry (the world for that matter!) doesn't seem to operate this way. The IYKDWYBDYKGWYBG idea encourages me as a constant reminder that WHAT we do and HOW we do things matters. We need to constantly evaluate and measure what is working and make the needed changes.