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.
If my pastor knew a teacher in the youth ministry was telling my three teenagers that God did not love and desire everyone to be saved and he did nothing to address it, I would be upset. Most Baptist parents would!
Whether it is a huge battle that results in a church split, or a small battle that just makes the life of the pastor and everyone involved miserable, my experience has been that there is one major cause of battle.
Once an anchor is hoisted, a ship can sail. The question is who, or what, is controlling the rudder? In America, it is clear to see that the rudder is no longer under the control of a Judeo-Christian ethic.
Has our laser focus on starting new churches actually produced the kind of results envisioned when we restructured our North American Mission Board to become primarily a church-planting network? Starting new churches was never the goal, but was simply the means to the end of making more disciples.