Affirming the Dignity of All Races and Ethnicities

July 24, 2019 ...

“Pursuing Racial Justice and Reconciliation” warns that “racism is an affront to the value of individuals created in God’s image and to the divinely designed diversity of redeemed humanity” and reminds us that our nation will only flourish “when people of all races and ethnicities are able to contribute equally to society.” Pursuing Racial Justice …

Reinvigorate the Refugee Resettlement Program

July 23, 2019 ...

The letter to the president notes that the refugee resettlement program has long been a lifeline for persecuted religious minorities, including Christians from countries such as Iraq, Iran and Syria. The letter concludes, “We urge you to reinvigorate the U.S. refugee resettlement program, not dismantle it. It is a lifeline for those fleeing persecution — …

Getting Pastor Compensation Right

July 22, 2019 ...

When determining budgets each year, there are usually competing factors to consider. For instance, how does your church handle a downturn in annual giving while seeking to hire new staff? What about an unseen repair to the leaky church basement versus giving well deserved raises? All of these needs are vital to the ministry of …

When Hope-Givers Run Low on Hope

July 19, 2019 ...

Pastors are primary agents of Jesus and the gospel in America’s 350,000 churches. But, what if the pastor runs low on hope? The pastor who is tired, stressed, broke and discouraged may be like the car running on empty that can’t make it all the way home. Pastors need hope to give hope. Shepherding people, …

Bless Your Pastor

July 17, 2019 ...

The financial stress that many pastors face can be greatly alleviated when church leadership teams and families discover there are many creative ways to show and share God’s love for their pastors beyond the paycheck. The Bless Your Pastor initiative is an opportunity for your church to take seriously the call to care for your …

The Role Seminaries Play in Pastoral Debt

July 15, 2019 ...

Rising Seminary Costs Many blame the problem of pastoral debt on the rising cost of tuition at seminaries. Others pin the problem on the government for making loans too easy for students to access. The loans can be (and in many cases are) used not just for school but for living expenses, such as transportation, …

Crisis at the Border

July 15, 2019 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear Matthew Soerens and NAE President Leith Anderson discuss their recent trip to the U.S./Mexico border and: Why so many people are leaving their countries to come to the United States; What leaders agree on regarding a solution to the crisis; How churches and nonprofits are ministering along the border; and …

When Compensation Comes Up Short

July 10, 2019 ...

Appropriate Compensation A lot of ministers consider it unspiritual to negotiate with the search committee concerning their total compensation. I served two churches; in both instances I simply listened to the total package the churches offered and only made suggestions as to the breakdown of the total. According to research from the National Association of …