Today's churches "find themselves in a context where their most treasured ... symbols of faith are mocked, trivialized, or dismissed."
Preaching today must:
Develop TRUE INTIMACY with Jesus.
Develop CULTURAL DISCERNMENT.
Forge INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS.
GROUND and MOTIVATE an ambitious generation.
CURB ENTITLEMENT and self-centered tendencies.
of ministers feel "emotionally exhausted."
have given "real, serious consideration to quitting."
experience loneliness and have no close friends.
The Association of Theological Schools reports that since 2006 total enrollment in theological education has decreased by 9%.
In 1968 the majority of all protestant clergy were under the age of 45, yet in 2017 just
22% were under 45.
It is becoming increasingly more difficulty to find mature, young Christians who want to become preachers.