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 …

The Volunteer Church

August 3, 2015 ...

However, if church leaders are honest, they know there are times that it can be frustrating. They know that volunteers are essential, vital to creating growth and new ministries, and are the key to introducing youth and children to Jesus Christ. They have the welcoming smiles at the door, they serve the food, pray for …

What People Look for in Churches

February 1, 2015 ...

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), said, “The question asks why people choose a church. The answer is that there is no one answer. People choose churches for very different reasons. There are even differences in the most common answers — friendliness, children’s programs and worship music come in wide varieties.” …

What Can Your Denominational Tradition Learn From the Others?

December 21, 2014 ...

Randall Bach President, Open Bible Churches   Through the diversity we have in the NAE, Converge has learned multiple methods and models for starting and strengthening churches. Our journey with one another in worship styles, congregational venues and a variety of ethnic ministry approaches has shaped our forward movement. In addition, various best practices and …

Online Donations

December 21, 2014 ...

This reflects the reality that people carry less cash and use fewer checks than they have in the past. Many people have exclusively moved to paying their bills and making charitable donations online. Of Christians who give 10 percent or more of their income each year, 36 percent make their donations online, according to the …

Soundtrack of Evangelicalism

December 21, 2014 ...

Every new Christian movement has its soundtrack. The Reformation had the hymns of Luther and Walter as well as the psalms of Marot and Bourgeois. The 18th-century Pietists had Zinzendorf’s songs and, as Pietism spread to the English-speaking world, the hymns of Charles Wesley. The 19th-century revivals had the gospel songs of Sankey and Bliss. …

Top Theological Issues for Seminaries

December 21, 2014 ...

Biblical authority given science and the enculturated nature of revelation. The gospel’s implications for human flourishing and eschatological salvation. The biblical vision for family, marriage, gender and sexuality. The plausibility of the Christian life-view and the relevance of the church to contemporary life. David Clark Vice President and Dean, Bethel Seminary 1. Seminary graduates are …

Our Doctrinal Core

December 21, 2014 ...

Therefore, while not glitzy, a core theology must be carefully hammered out by anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Since we operate with the same instructional manual, the Bible, it should be possible to agree on a doctrinal core. If we agree on sound hermeneutical principles, we should arrive at a similar …

Changing Denominations Common Among Evangelical Leaders

December 1, 2014 ...

“Evangelical traditions and denominations have more in common than many realize,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There is a healthy fluidity among evangelicals as they seek to find church and denominational homes where they can worship and serve.” Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College, said, “As a result of …