Have you ever seen anyone question the assumption that “the congregation must grow?” Anybody stand up in a congregational meeting and say, “Why?” Any brave soul write a letter to the editor of the newsletter asking the question why?
Probably not. That’s one of the unquestioned beliefs that no one dares question. To do so would subject you to the whispered judgment of a majority of the people. It’s just not done. Culturally unacceptable. A cataract belief.