I came across this fascinating post by John Engles on The “Single Cause” Fallacy. Engels suggests leaders dig deeper, and not settle for simple cause-and-effect answers. Church leaders can be easily satisfied by these answers (partly because it keeps us from having to look at our part in the challenge at hand). What are the contributing factors to ongoing worship decline? (It might be more than simply “young people don’t want to come to church.”) Or a chronically underperforming custodian. Or persistent conflict. Take the time to read Engels’ thoughtful article, then fill in the blank on your own situation, and apply what he calls “genuine wonderment.” Go deeper than the easy answer or the quick fix. Wonder together with some other congregational leaders, and you may find some ways you all can step up to creative and responsible leadership.