The Future of the Church- David Dockery on Leadership Profiles

September 19, 2008

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you- if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” -Titus 1.5-9

As you may know already, and if you don’t I’m about to tell you, I am very interested/concerned in the quality and commitment of the current strand of young adults in the Christian church. I have spoken numerous times on the failure of young adults to rise up into leadership and the problem of so many young adult leaders choosing to be avant-garde instead of orthodox with their theology (see posts in the Throwing Out Jesus with the Bathwater series). I have also spent a considerable amount of time discussing the importance of reestablishing the church as a light unto the world and a gathering which is held in high esteem (see my writings on The Laodicean Project and Rebuilding the City).

It is in light of this focus that I want to link you guys to a message delivered this past week at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary by Dr. David S. Dockery, the President of Union University. The message is a short 35-minute look into what the next generation of Baptist leadership needs to be focused on in order to further the mission of the Gospel in our post-Christian culture.  In it he discusses the need for young pastors to rise up both in spiritually dark urban areas as well as in historically strong but increasingly neglected rural churches. He also introduces a term that I kind of liked (and will probably repeat in future posts), that being apatheist, or “apathetic theist,” which is someone who is apathetic, or showing a disregard, or lack of interest towards belief in God.  Over all I find this to be a pertinent message which anyone who is interested in what the Bible tells us about leadership today should listen to.  Enjoy!

David S. Dockery – A Profile of the Next Generation of Baptist Leaders