For current cultural issues within the Church, the letter in Revelation to Thyatira might be the most relevant.
The “holding tanks” for the current dead (or the collective Sheol in the Old Testament) are Hades and Paradise: Hell vs Hades, and Heaven vs Paradise.
Every other ministry of the church can (and should) grow from the soil of spiritual formation.
What can a hands-on, shepherding pastor do to stay in pastoral mode when facing a church growth barrier?
Say what you want about certain aspects of the Church Growth movement, all Christians should agree that making disciples is top priority.
God already knows the mistakes we’ve made; confession just heightens our awareness of how we need to realign ourselves with God.