More churches, and more pastors for our existing churches, will happen as we identify more God-called men, set them apart as ministry leaders, and equip them for pastoral ministry.
If we do these well, we will reach more people for Christ, and we might have to move to a larger facility, or start a new worship service, or even a new church.
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.