A friend recently asked for my opinion on the greatest challenge confronting American evangelicalism. He listened patiently as I offered a few thoughts. “There’s a deeper problem beneath those things,” he said. “It’s a crisis of leadership.”
The more I’ve considered the matter, the more I consider his words both true and ironic. An older generation of American evangelical leaders has passed away or passed the baton. When it comes to the younger generation, scarcely a week passes when we do not have another noteworthy Christian leader suffering a deeply destructive fall from grace. The ironic part is this: Evangelicals produce and consume countless books, seminars, and events on leadership. We have a thriving Christian leadership industry, yet we’re starving for Christlike leaders. Why is there so much leadership content and so little leadership character?
In our December issue I introduced the first of four strategic initiatives that will shape the future of Christianity Today. As I explained, CT Global will create a kind of central nervous system for the body of Christ, raising up storytellers and thought leaders around the world. The second initiative is simply called CT National. Billy Graham explained that he founded Christianity Today to be a clear voice, speaking with conviction and love. We are rededicating ourselves to that vision, to doing it better than ever.
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