Where are the great leaders in this generation of church?
I’m not talking about the handful we twitter about, follow, admire or whose books we read and conferences we attend. I’m talking about what happened to great leaders leading in churches in every province, state, city, town and even village?
Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but it seems to me there was a day when the best and the brightest got into ministry. When leadership in the kingdom was serious work and people with true hearts and skillful hands were regularly in leadership.
I’m pretty sure a lot of the smartest and most capable teens and college students sitting in church today (if they are in church at all) are not even seriously toying with ministry. They’re going elsewhere. And, sadly, sometimes people who might not have the gifting and perhaps only think they have the calling end up leading ministries. (I know you’re wincing…so am I…I’m just sayin’.)
Is there a dearth of great leadership in the church? Do we live in an age when the most gifted leaders using their God-given talents to help corporations make better sugar water, squeeze out a better bottom line, make music, create art or spawn design that in the end, helps people buy new mini-vans or ends up as just another voice in pop-culture?
What would need to be true to get our best, brightest, and most gifted people who also have authentic hearts and solid character moving into ministry? Yes, I know….I’ve read 1 Corinthians 1 and I know God chooses the weak of the world…but the Apostle Paul brought an incredible mind, heart and skill to ministry that led to the explosion of the early church. Moses was no sap either. God will surprise us and use people we never expected to do great things…but being a capable leader and having a supple heart are not mutually exclusive.
I’ll come back with some ideas in a few days, but in the meantime…What do you think? Are we seeing the best head into leadership? If not, why not? And what would you do about it?