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This is a blog post by Carey Nieuwhof founding pastor of Connexus Church, author, blogger and leadership expert.
In this post, Carey shares insightful leadership that young leaders need to consider.
I hope you will find this post insightful.
Eugene Peterson died in 2018. Like you and so many others, I felt the loss quite deeply.
In the last few years, not only have we lost Eugene Peterson, but also Billy Graham and Dallas Willard among others.
When a giant voice in ministry disappears from us, the question that’s really on my mind these days is who will replace them? Do we have a younger generation of voices being forged who are able to offer the depth of wisdom, insight, grace and perspective that we’re losing when we lose a giant?
To be sure, age and wisdom are frequent companions. To expect a 30-year-old to say what 65-year-old Dallas Willard or Eugene Peterson would say is unfair.
Fast forward a few decades and imagine a world in which perhaps thinkers like Ravi Zacharias, Tim Keller, Barbara Brown Taylor, N.T. Wright and others are no longer with us…and then what?
Of course, no one can truly replace the unique voices lost. But isn’t it our hope that every generation will have its voices?
Deeper, though, is this question: are the conditions even favorable today for producing men and women who can step into the void?
I fear the answer is no, or at least I’m not really sure.
Why? Well, for a voice to endure—to have real significance—it needs depth, not just breadth.
We live in mostly in the age of breadth. And that makes me worry just a little bit for our collective future.