It’s no secret anymore that evangelicals—and really all Christians—are in the middle of a cultural and membership decline. That decline has now lasted at least 15 years, and it shows zero signs of stopping any time soon.
A couple of years ago, I noticed that Boomer-age pastors and evangelical leaders are thinking of maybe passing a few of their lesser, less-powerful batons to Millennial evangelicals in their churches. That is not a typo. They still want to reach Millennials, whose oldest members are now pushing 40, for those lesser batons.
However, a recent sign-of-the-times indicates that evangelical pastors are having a lot of trouble finding replacements.
Amid ongoing decline, a wild ‘pastoral succession crisis’ appears
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