We have reached a tipping point

Dr. Alvin Reid is one of my favorite people in SBC academia. He has just posted an article on BetweenTheTimes.com that speaks really well to where I believe we are in the SBC today.

In the article he does a wonderful job of assessing historical trends as well as attempting to identify where we are currently. The article gives me much hope about potential changes on the horizon and I hope, and believe, that he is accurate in his final estimation. I would really encourage you to run over and read it.

Click here to read the article.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

3 thoughts on “We have reached a tipping point

  1. I really enjoyed this article and believe it is right on point. At our associational meeting this week, the same debate is happening. A vote was taken to refocus our structure for the future. A vote which passed. I especially appreciated Aaron Robb’s comments about future leaders our our churches and associations and how their priorities and the priorities of our culture are different than 25-50 years ago. Time is the most valuable commodity to the culture today. If we ask people to take part in any event or meeting, the time involved must be directly proportional to the effectiveness of it’s results. Wasting time is not an option with current culture. The flip side of the coin is the procedural structures that provide security to our operation in a culture that is easily victimized and litigation happy. We need efficient ways to operate that do not waste time, but that maintain the secure checks and balances and keep reliable people in leadership. I am glad we are all seeking easier and more effective ways to minister to people.

  2. I think that one of the keys to the survival of the SBC will be, somewhat ironically, an increased partnership of SBC churches with non-SBC churches at that organic level you’re talking about, Micah. Part of what so shackles the effectiveness of the convention as a whole is one of the key reasons it was created–to group Southern Baptists together to work together, socialize together, and narrowly do the work of Southern Baptists on the international and North American mission fields. This has led to methodological inbreeding which has led to cultural estrangement. I think the future really does look bright, though. I’m 36 and I don’t think I know a single pastor my age or younger who doesn’t have drastically different views about cooperating with other like-minded churches of other denominations. This change is going to result in a seismic shift to focusing on the essentials of the faith and practice (which becomes necessary when cooperating with other outside your denomination), which will have a domino effect of transforming our institutions to focus on being simpler, more purpose-driven (and hopefully smaller!). It sounds a bit Pollyan-ish, but I think we’re headed that way. We’ll see, and even more, pray for it.

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