Millennials, the SBC, and a Pastor’s Insight

Dr. YorkDr. 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.


One response to “Millennials, the SBC, and a Pastor’s Insight

  • ytaylor

    I know that I am late in the game on this one, but I just wrote a post and WordPress linked this post as a related one…

    Here is my comment to Dr York: As a “younger generational minister” I must say there is some truth to these statements. We are a very fidgety and discontent generation in many ways. However, allow me to answer some of these critics of Dr. York, by saying:

    1. Most of us have just taken what we have learned from the older generation and adapted it to our ministry. Men like Jerry Farwell, for example, who were just as belligerent as anyone else over anything controversial, and sometimes unnecessarily so! The next gen. has taken that same approach and maybe to another level.

    2. I would add to #1 that the real lack of discernment and discontentment in the “young generation” is due to the lack of discipleship from the older gen.!

    3. The real criticism that I see and read on blogs, websites, etc… (even my own) has less to do with a jealous spirit of successful “mega-church pastors” and more to do with the fact that they built their church on entertainment and by rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Not all of them, but most!

    4. One last thing, there is nothing wrong with being analytical with our thoughts and add some fresh constructive criticism, (that’s what you are doing here). However, we (no matter the generation) will all give an account for every careless word we speak. It is sinful to complain, to be haters, to be filled with jealously, or to make a mockery of one’s ministry for the sack of assorted gain. I would add my amen’s to the idea that there needs to be love for the brethren and honest dialogue between generations…

    Just some thoughts, sorry for the long comment!


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