The Church’s Leadership Crisis
The church is facing a leadership crisis and the answer may be a question.
I’m getting older. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, given the alternative, I think it’s a great thing. 
I’m not the only one getting older. 
On average people today are living longer than fifty years ago. The average life expectancy for an American male born in 1960 was 66; for one born in 2010 it is 76. For a female born in 1960 the life expectancy was 73; for one born in 2010 it is 81.
On average pastors are getting older, too, according to a report released this week by the Barna research group. One finding in the report staggered me.  According to the report there are now more pastors in the “over 65” category than there are in the “under 40” category.
There is another trend which, when considered along with our aging clergy, really troubles me. 
Seminary enrollment nationwide has been on the decline for some time. Fewer and fewer people are preparing for a career in ministry. 
Take these two things together (aging clergy, fewer entering the ministry) and it’s easy to see the church is facing a serious leadership crisis!
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Take care of yourself, preacher
“Take care of yourself.”  It’s something we often say when parting like “drive safely,” “have a good time” and “see you soon."  More than just good advice, this is something which pastors need to hear and heed.

Recent research by Duke Divinity School has confirmed what I’ve heard for many years … that is, that clergy are generally in poorer health than the general population.

On Talk of the Nation (a PBS show) the host summarized the research this way:  “Priests, ministers, rabbis and imams are generally driven by a sense of duty to answer calls for help and to do the best they can to serve others. But recent research shows that in many cases, they rarely find time for themselves and as a result suffer from higher rates of depression, obesity and high blood pressure.  Many clergy members simply burn out.”
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Celebrating 175 years!

The local church is the hope of the world. The association exists to enhance the work of the local church and to multiply its effect by bringing churches together to do more than they could do individually or separately. For 175 years that has been the legacy of Union Baptist Association. . . .

We face the significant challenge of reaching our rapidly-growing, highly diverse city with the gospel of Christ. Throughout the years UBA has adapted to become what churches needed it to be in order to support their work and we will continue to do so.

Our context may change. Our strategy may change, but the mission of the association will remain the same-to support the work of UBA churches as they fulfill their Great Commission responsibilities. Read full post here.