How Water Damage Turned Into Blessing

July 31, 2019 ...

While our church leaders were going through the Church Generosity course, the church custodian found water damage in the church’s crawlspace. Contractors then found that our church building had structural damage that would need to be fixed as soon as possible. What we hoped would be an easy fix turned into a $100,000 project. For …

7 Ways to Bless Your Pastor

July 31, 2019 ...

A pastor’s week is filled with early morning meetings, office hours, visitations, counseling, sermon preparation and prayer, evening committee meetings and weekend worship services. Yet research shows the majority of pastors make less than $50,000 per year and do not receive health insurance benefits or retirement contributions from their churches. So, here is a list …

On Taxes for Pastors & Churches

July 26, 2019 ...

What are the most significant tax issues pastors and churches should know about? There are a couple of fundamental tax issues for pastors and churches to understand. First, if a pastor is licensed, commissioned or ordained and performing ministerial duties, he or she must be treated as a minister for Social Security tax purposes. This …

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 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 …

How to Handle Controversy

May 15, 2019 ...

Philip Ryken joins NAE President Leith Anderson in Today’s Conversation to share lessons learned and offer advice from his experience. In this podcast, you’ll hear: How past controversies can put you in a stronger position for the next one; What guidance Dr. Ryken finds in Scripture for dealing with controversies; When and how to talk …

NAE Calls for Sexual Misconduct Prevention

March 12, 2019 ...

NAE President Leith Anderson said, “Many evangelical churches and ministries already have systems in place addressing sexual misconduct and abuse, but this resolution reminds us to do all we can to prevent these horrors and to protect and support victims.” The resolution states, “In the face of such evil, complacency is not an option. No …

A Call to Sexual Purity and Child Protection

March 12, 2019 ...

In the face of such evil, complacency is not an option. No leader should assume that sexual misconduct and child abuse occurs only in other churches or denominations. Every church needs clear policies that are consistently implemented to prevent abuses and to deal decisively with any violations of trust in full cooperation with the legal …

Evangelical Organizations Offer Confidential Ways to Report Misconduct

March 1, 2019 ...

“Ministry organizations recognize the threat and reality of real and potential sexual misconduct. It’s impressive that so many have set up systems to report,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “Confidential reporting systems are good but only part of what needs to be done. How reports are handled is really important. Many organizations need outside help …

NAE Launches Search for Next President

February 1, 2019 ...

Leith Anderson, who has served as the organization’s president since 2006 after twice serving as interim president, plans to retire at the end of 2019. The NAE Board of Directors has been preparing for this transition for several years through a detailed presidential succession plan. The NAE president is a key leadership position for the …