Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stetzer on young SBC leadership

Ed Stetzer has been writing a series on young leadership in the SBC. He touches on the very things I've heard out here in California at our first, second, and third regional open forums. He accurately identifies what's driving young leaders away from our convention -- or at least causing them to lose interest and focus their attention elsewhere.

Stetzer lists several contributing factors:
  • How the SBC has treated young pastors
  • Mega meetings like Catalyst and T4G
  • Methodological disconnect
  • Theological frustration
  • Lack of relevance
  • The 'kids table' still exists
His article elaborates on each of these points. Wow, it almost sounds like he's been eavesdropping on our open forums. Stetzer's closing words are excellent:
"As I’ve said to many other denominations: 'What you celebrate, you become.'  If you celebrate controversy, narrowing parameters, and anger, that is what you get. Instead, if we celebrate rising leaders, the future, biblical fidelity, and God’s mission, we become focused on those very things."

You can read his whole article over at Between the Times.

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