Church leaders can do everything other than evangelism that they want to do…but none of it will avert the downturn in Southern Baptist life.
The primary thesis of this essay is that Southern Baptist youth ministers serving traditional SBC churches should not teach young people Calvinistic doctrines without apprising their parents and pastors of the curriculum.
Southern Baptist youth groups are filled with young people converting away from the traditional doctrines held by their parents in favor of more Calvinistic views on salvation, church, culture and ministry.
The Voluntary Retirement Incentive targeting existing missionaries comes with a certain price tag. We are paying trained missionaries to incentivize their premature return from the field. This does not increase missions, but decreases it.
Southern Baptist reforms have taken place, mostly at the national level, occurring with such subtlety that they have been largely undetected by the people in the pews. These failing reforms offer motion without progress—like a car stuck in the mud and spinning its wheels.