Does your church system have retention ponds…those ministries that operate completely on their own—the proverbial church within a church? These ministries typically create their own mission and thus hold water that could be used downstream—but instead gathers mosquitoes and grows stagnant with time. Those who hold claim to it love to swim in it, but because it doesn’t feed the river. Thus, it becomes unhealthy and self-absorbed. It exists for its own vision…to stay the way it is—or provide a mini-kingdom for some tribe of the congregation.