Jump directly to the Content

Locally Grown Leadership

Rather than importing pastors from elsewhere, these churches are discovering the benefits of cultivating new leaders from within.

Recently I came across a news report about an entrepreneur in the Bay Area. He started planting and tending organic gardens in the backyards of homeowners who want organically grown produce, but who haven't the time or ability to grow it themselves. His customers don't trust the organic labels at the market, and they value knowing the source and history of the food they eat. The story stressed that globalization and industrialization have hit a wall. For all the good that comes from interlaced economies and lowered trade barriers, a shadow side is now obvious. The toys we buy our children come from remote sources that veil scary truths about toxicity. Tomatoes grown on industrialized farms three thousand miles from our grocery store look red and ripe, but they are hard on the inside and may carry salmonella.

The Bay Area "farmer" is tapping into a counter trend at work in our culture. Fueled by a growing realization that globalization has its limits, we are witnessing an increasing appreciation ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

November
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Does Your Church Trust Your Leadership?
Does Your Church Trust Your Leadership?
Our recent survey shows high marks for pastors from the people they lead.
From the Magazine
The New Prison Ministry Lies in Bible Education
The New Prison Ministry Lies in Bible Education
Religious programs, including evangelical schools, are a major force for good behind bars.
Editor's Pick
How Might the COVID-19 Crisis Reshape our Churches for Good?
How Might the COVID-19 Crisis Reshape our Churches for Good?
We have a unique opportunity to reset, pivot from old patterns, and look afresh at the future.
close