This is a question I have been thinking about in the past couple of weeks. Do you think it is a valid one?
Let me just mention a couple of areas. Theological education has been outsourced to Baptist colleges and seminaries. Church planting has been outsourced to denominational entities, namely the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Biblical counseling has been outsourced to “Christian psychologists” or professional counselors. Evangelism has been outsourced to vocational evangelists and revivalists. Benevolence and mercy ministry has been outsourced to parachurch organizations such as World Vision, Compassion International, and Salvation Army.
Should these not be primarily functioning in the local church? Why have these over the years become so outsourced in the SBC? Have we lost confidence in the local church? Am I missing it here?