Curbs on a Road

March 10, 2016 ...

Randall Bach, president of Open Bible Churches, called ethical standards “curbs on a road, keeping fellow travelers on course.” He said, “The most effective form of formal and relational accountability is that which is mutual. Just as pastors are accountable to congregations, congregations are accountable for protectively caring for their pastors and for conducting themselves …

The Inside Out Donut

March 10, 2016 ...

Leith Anderson Where were America’s megachurches in 1950? They were called “tall steeple churches,” and most of them were downtown. From Boston to Los Angeles, the congregations with the most people, money, fame and influence were in and around the center city where people lived and worked. Then came the post-war boom. Actually there were …

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 …

2021 Bible Reading Guide

January 1, 2016 ...

The Bible Reading Guide is a checklist of daily Scriptures (more details about the schedule below) that coincides with an 8-minute, daily podcast. The Bible Recap podcast (TheBibleRecap.com) summarizes and explains each day’s reading, and is created to empower and encourage readers every day! The 2021 guide offers: Daily readings in chronological order; Compact design …

How to Fire a Pastor

December 15, 2015 ...

In Today’s Conversation, Leith Anderson and Marshall Shelley talk about hiring and firing pastors, and the relationships between pastors and their congregations and church board. In this podcast, you’ll hear thoughts and advice on: How to handle pastoral transitions well; What the Bible says about letting pastors go; The legitimate reasons for pastoral terminations; and How …

New Presbyterian Denomination Joins NAE

November 12, 2015 ...

“ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians brings an important perspective to the National Association of Evangelicals,” said NAE President Leith Anderson. “We are encouraged by their testimony and commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and look forward to our partnership together.” The mission of ECO is to build flourishing churches that make disciples …

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, …

NAE Releases Ethics Guide for Churches

September 29, 2015 ...

“Church leadership teams are most often composed of seasoned leaders who sacrificially volunteer their time to build up the local church,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “They want to do good. This resource is an opportunity for church leadership teams to discuss, adopt and live out the calling God has given them.” Congregational leaders are …