It really made me think about the early church and how quickly they reached their Local Max. Then they reached a critical juncture as the church grew (Step B) and eventually as the church faced persecution (Step C). However it was through that persecution that the church began to go global (Step D) and eventually reach the Big Max.
Obviously I have simplified this a bit and certainly the "maxing out of the church" is related to God's power not the power of man. However, I believe that there is a lesson here for the church. A lesson that speaks to the importance of perseverance and that "going back" may seem safer and wiser and yield quicker results, (since you once again hit the Local Max), but it is actually taking you further away from the Big Max and where God is leading! The "C step" in ministry can be tough, yet we must remain faithful and stay our God given course.
Remember what looked like certain destruction for the early church actually became a launching point!