• If outside forces and culture were the reasons behind declining and non-influential churches, we would likely have no churches today. The greatest periods of growth, particularly the first-century growth, took place in adversarial cultures. We are not hindered by external forces; we are hindered by our own lack of commitment and selflessness.

    "“I Am A Church Member” – A Conversation with Thom Rainer". Interview with Trevin Wax, April 25, 2013.