Now What? Leadership in a Time of Distrust

An Evening with Dr. Crawford Loritts & the Rev. Dr. John Yates II on Leading in the Midst of Polarization

Leadership is hard under normal circumstances. But for many, leadership over the last two years has felt close to impossible. With tribal narratives setting the terms as well as dictating people’s primary allegiances, most leaders have more questions than answers. Psychologically, what were at one time cracks of uncertainty have now turned into craters of self-doubt. Many who have had aspirations to lead are now having second thoughts. What once appeared to be exhilarating opportunities with the promise of fulfilling service increasingly looks more like entering a war zone—with casualties mounting.

How should we think about leadership in such a time? What should current leaders do as they fight fatigue and burnout, while trying to personally survive and steward their organizations amidst growing polarization? How should emerging leaders remain hopeful while soberly preparing for the landmines of leadership that lie ahead?

Join us as we explore answers to these daunting questions with Dr. Crawford Loritts, the Rev. Dr. John Yates and host Dr. Joshua Chatraw.

This forum is a part of the Center for Public Christianity’s 2021-2022 series, “Now What? Flourishing in Uncertain Times,” which aims to reimagine the different dimensions of our life together following the challenges of the past two years.

Date and Time

Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 7:00-8:30pm


Holy Trinity Anglican Church
100 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

About Our Speakers and Host

Dr. Crawford Loritts

Crawford Loritts has traveled throughout the US and much of the world, speaking in churches, evangelistic outreaches, conferences, colleges and seminaries. He has been the featured speaker at Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four Chapel and the Pentagon with senior military officers. He has been a church planter, served for 27 years on the staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) and served for 15 years as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia. He and his wife, Karen, have been featured speakers at FamilyLife marriage conferences. Crawford is the author of 9 books including Your Marriage Today… and Tomorrow, co-authored with Karen. He is the host of two national radio programs, the weekend program Living a Legacy and the daily program Legacy Moments.


Rev. Dr. John Yates II

John Yates is the former and founding rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, VA. He has degrees from UNC, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. John and his wife Susan have travelled, written and spoken extensively, particularly on marriage and family life, Christian leadership, and character development. His book, How A Man Prays For His Family, is a favorite. They live mostly now on a farm in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.


Dr. Joshua Chatraw, Host

Dr. Chatraw is executive director of the Center for Public Christianity, lead teacher for New City Fellows, and theologian-in-residence at Holy Trinity Anglican Church – all based in Raleigh, NC. His writing and speaking focuses on public theology, apologetics, and culture. He has written and edited several books including, Apologetics at the Cross, Cultural Engagement, The History of Apologetics, Telling a Better Story, Truth Matters, and Truth in a Culture of Doubt. His writing has received numerous awards, Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in Apologetics and The Gospel Coalition’s Book of the Year in Apologetics/Evangelism, and his work has been featured in outlets such as Christianity Today, Gospel Coalition, World Magazine, and the Washington Post. He earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelors in Business from Georgia Southern University. Josh has served in a full-time academic teaching post, as well as pastorates at churches in Virginia and Georgia. Josh and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Addison and Hudson.