If a church does not regularly examine its culture, it ends up as a culture unto itself. Soon the church is filled with people who pray in King James English, call the pastor “brother” to show respect, and forbid women from wearing pants to church. They are still relating to cultural issues that were relevant one hundred years before. However, that culture and those issues have long since disappeared – everywhere, that is, except within the church. Instead, the church needs to regularly ask, “Are we faithfully proclaiming the faith in the place in which we find ourselves today?” A church will be completely faithful only when it is faithful to its God, its Scripture, and its mission to the world.
Ed Stetzer & David Putman, Breaking the Missional Code, p. 28