From K.A.: Who are the elders, and where are they? Does the church have to pay for elder-leadership? why??? Why aren’t there more biblical/theological elders in our churches?
My Response: I think the lack of leadership we see in many churches was a result of the lack of Bible-centered teaching/training that ministers received during the “dark ages.”
When we interviewed the Pattersons during the SBC Convention in 2004, Dr. Paige Patterson mentioned that there was a “gap in leadership” due to past liberalism in our seminaries. It’s only logical to assume that the graduates from liberal teachings then pastored churches, but without a solid Biblical foundation, they were unable to grow spiritual leaders within their congregation. I’m not saying that this is the reason for a lack of elder leadership in your church, but it explains the lack of leadership in other churches.
I have not verified the contents of this one particular website, but if the statistics are accurate, then it only shows how a liberal seminary education leads to disbelief in the Bible. Check it out: http://www.tbaptist.com/aab/apostasyatsbts.htm.