Dr. Hershael York, pastor and professor, just posted an insightful piece concerning the current tensions in the SBC. A lot of it has to do, of all things, with the year SBCer’s were born. Dr. York observes:
Last night CBC’s 60 Minutes ran a fascinating piece about Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 1995. Though geared toward their impact on corporate America, I could not help but notice parallels to the current tensions and lines that have been drawn in the SBC. Guys like me, who grew up admiring and emulating the Adrian Rogers and Jerry Vines generation, are stunned by what we often perceive as the disrespect and demands of members of a younger generation who haven’t really accomplished much yet. Our jaws drop in disbelief when a guy who failed at a church plant and unabashedly advertises on his blog that he is now looking for a pastorate also feels entitled to publicly criticize successful pastors and denominational leaders and demands a place at the table of leadership. We don’t get it when the very ones who are so quick to criticize are themselves so whiny–and sometimes vindictive–about accepting it. Several times I have heard megachurch pastors express shock that though they have been used of God to build great churches, they suddenly feel marginalized and irrelevant in SBC life.
Clearly, this is not your father’s SBC.
You can find it here.