From the Harvard Business Review (http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/09/the_power_of_defining_the_prob.html):
"Well-defined problems lead to breakthrough solutions. When developing new products, processes, or even businesses, most companies aren't sufficiently rigorous in defining the problems they're attempting to solve and articulating why those issues are important. Without that rigor, organizations miss opportunities, waste resources, and end up pursuing innovation initiatives that aren't aligned with their strategies. How many times have you seen a project go down one path only to realize in hindsight that it should have gone down another? How many times have you seen an innovation program deliver a seemingly breakthrough result only to find that it can't be implemented or it addresses the wrong problem? Many organizations need to become better at asking the right questions so that they tackle the right problems."
Missional church (MC), and I mean the original MC view of Lesslie Newbigin and the Gospel & Our Culture Network, is the primary vision of church that forces us to "rigorously define" the problem we face in way that allows us to align our strategies with the real problem and spend our time and energy on innovations that take us further in the direction that really matters for the church. The quote above is an admirable expression for why missional church continues to matter!