According to the story below, many young aspiring ministers are—like the rest of the culture—opting out of “institutional” churches and finding other ways of ministering, whether it be as chaplains or para-church leaders, etc. They are disillusioned by the conflicts, hypocrisy, and turmoil abundant in local, American churches. Sadly, many [mis]guidance counselors are pointing them away from the local church to these other avenues of “service.” Christian colleges are, more and more, becoming training grounds for a diversity of vocations, in effect making them as legitimate as the pastor and the local congregation. Though I am not opposed to para-church organizations or chaplains, I am very concerned that we so casually discard the biblical office of pastor and the New Testament idea of the significance of the local church: http://www.churchexecutive.com/Page.cfm/PageID/9935
What do you think?