Evangelicals Active in Small Groups

February 10, 2016 ...

Many respondents noted how vital small groups are to a healthy spiritual life. “Without that helpful interchange of persons and perspectives, too much solipsism and egocentricity become distortions. Both larger community and small group are needed for spiritual exercise and witness and for personal growth and renewal,” one member said. A pastor explained how being …

Books That Should Be Written

February 3, 2016 ...

“The proposed book topics speak to the challenges and opportunities evangelicals will face in coming years,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “Many are concerned with how we will continue to engage in a culture that some feel is increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity.” One leader provided the title, “Living …

Vote and Tell (or Not)

December 22, 2015 ...

In both cases, a concern for others motivates their decision about sharing. Those who share how they vote do so as a way to serve and guide others. Many of those who keep their voting preferences private seek to preserve their ability to minister across partisan lines. Several of those who share their ballot decisions …

Felons Should Be Allowed to Vote

December 1, 2015 ...

While many states restore voting rights to individuals automatically after they exit jail or prison, others permanently disenfranchise ex-offenders or require that they petition the government to have their rights restored. According to Justice Fellowship, nearly 6 million American citizens are barred from voting — three fourths of whom have already served their sentences. “Evangelicals …

Most Pastors Chosen By Congregational Vote

November 10, 2015 ...

Eighteen percent of NAE members selected “other” when answering the question: “How is a new lead pastor selected for your church?” Nearly all of these noted that their churches used a combination of two or more of the other options. “Representational” church government is common among many American evangelical traditions and denominations. In these churches, …

Rubio Leads List for Evangelical Leaders; Many Undecided

October 29, 2015 ...

Ben Carson and John Kasich trailed Rubio — each with 12 percent. Jeb Bush received 9 percent of the votes. Other candidates — including Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump — received an insignificant number of votes. “Rubio represents a new generation of conservative leadership to many,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. …

Forced Out of Ministry

September 9, 2015 ...

“There is a rising trend of involuntary pastoral terminations with the rise of congregational expectations of their pastors at a time when pastoral ministry is considered one of America’s most demanding and difficult jobs,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Bill Lenz, senior pastor of Christ the Rock Community Church …