Is it important to be relevant? I’m reminded of the Feltenstein quote, “If you don’t like change you’re going to like irrelevance a lot less.” Is the Southern Baptist Convention becoming irrelevant? They say a picture is worth a thousand words:
We have a church vitality problem:
We have a generational problem:
We have a diversity problem:
North America is getting younger and more diverse at the same time that the SBC has been getting older and far less diverse than the culture around us. We have a relevance problem. What is the answer? We need to recover our Biblical identity as missionaries and engage EVERY person in our communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. At the Spring Summit of the Middle Baptist Association, Dr. Chuck Lawless said that we have stopped talking about Jesus because we are no longer astonished and captivated by Him. This is what he identified as the key to church Revitalization. I totally agree.