The Emerging Leader Debate Continues
I'm in North Carolina for the Billy Graham Institute for Emerging Evangelists, where the debate continues about how to empower "emerging" leaders to actually lead. Thank God for Eddie Gibbs, professor of evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary. If ever there was a contemporary example of what happens when, as Joel prophesied, the Spirit causes old men to dream dreams and young men to see visions, we saw it this weekend as Dr. Gibbs taught. He's a 66-yr. old theologian and academic who gets it! He speaks the same language and understands the heart's cry of an emerging generation of leaders half his age, desperate to see an authentic outpouring of grace such as Isaiah 43:18-19 foretold:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.The era of cookie-cutter evangel-"ism" is over. Postmodern evangelization (the Great Commission is not an -ism or ideology) will look, feel, smell, sound, and in fact be different in different contexts. Figuring out how it should look, feel, smell, etc. is the duty of those called to reach postmodern people, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit.