Dr. Tim Keller is done…and God help Rick Warren for having to follow him. Dr. Keller took a pretty big risk by quoting Brian McLaren…also laid some ground work for the idea for more multi-ethnic church…and for how to preach to multi-generational churches.
Compass Point is multi-generational…one of the biggest difficulties is making each Sunday’s message relevant to all ages. Thanks to Keller…I no longer feel the need to do so. He said he deals with it at his church…and had people getting frustrated when he wouldn’t preach to them. His response…preach the Bible…eventually you’ll get around to hitting everyone in your congregation…it was a real “whoa” moment in the Wondeful World Of Elrod!!!
On a personal note…we’ve been interviewing some of the “voices” of the Boomer movement of church planting…pastors of large mega-churches. One theme has been running through our conversations with them…”I use to be hip and cutting edge and now the young church planters are pushing back from my style of leadership, pastoring and church growth…I’m no longer a voice” They seem very bothered by the fact that they aren’t really influencing today and tomorrow’s church leaders anymore. Dr. Keller is very quiet…very unassuming…and very humble…and a HUGE influence on present and future church leaders. It’s amazing how guys that care nothing about being hip, cool, popular, inspirational and influential…are the ones that are.