We live in a superficial age that is less inclined to go deep, more concerned to be inspired and moved in the emotions. We need solid foundations. Life must be first be rooted in theology.
The Uzziah Syndrome was written in response to a contemporary leadership crisis. According to the author’s research, within thirty years of beginning their ministries, 80 percent of pastors and other Christian leaders will no longer be involved in active ministry.
The depth of the ministerial task and the complexity of our age call for forceful training. And yet, I meet more and more students who are making degree choices based upon what has the least force. Along with this, too few churches and individual believers want to invest in the cost of training their future leaders.
I have learned—and am still learning—that there is no substitute for personal presence. More than our sermons, this is what congregants will remember.
The annual meeting of and conference for the Northwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) is occurring on March 3rd at Western Seminary.