Sun Tzu said, “Opportunities multiply as their are seized.” I’ve found it to be true. The problem is opportunities are not always easy to recognize. Opportunity often wears the clothes of obstacle. Thus, many people (and their churches) see obstacles as just that. They don’t see hidden opportunities that nearly every obstacle brings.
There is nothing more frustrating than having an idea for reaching people you are sure is going to work, and having it shot down by those responsible for deciding whether it moves forward. One it feels so crummy is because it feels like the death of that vision, because a “no” feels like an eternal “no.” That doesn’t have to be the case.
If it’s been a while since you brought it up, bring it up again. If the church actually did try the idea and it didn’t work, that doesn’t mean it will never work–though sometimes it does. Look at it again with fresh eyes. Perhaps it will work this time. There is one primary reason it might work this time–things have changed. Not people, not traditions, etc. What? The emotional processes in your church may have changed.