What if the crucial member was not as vital as you first thought? What if the crucial member was a critical member that was holding back the church? Think about it this way: what if the person's subtraction (leaving the church) became an addition for the body? If you are confused, do not give up on this resource just yet. Stick with Desmond Barrett as he unpacks what he has learned leading established churches. Be honest with yourself; leadership can be challenging through any loss, but when someone leaves on purpose and in turn blames you, it's gut-wrenching. Know this truth: God has a plan for the local church, and if you are willing to surrender to God's plan, great things will come from the loss. God revealed to the author several years ago ways to look at subtraction as addition and see it as a positive rather than a negative.