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, …

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 …

Amazing What We Don’t Know

December 21, 2014 ...

While it’s amazing what so many Americans don’t know, my guess is that the same people who flunked the test also insist that they love America and are highly patriotic. Yes, it is possible to be a good American even with ignorance. It’s also amazing what Americans, including lots of evangelicals, don’t know about 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 …

Less Divided Over Doctrine

October 1, 2014 ...

“Evangelicals across the denominational and non-denominational spectrum find much to agree on and much work to do together,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “We have grown closer over the last 25 years.” The October Evangelical Leaders Survey reports that 84 percent agree that American evangelical churches and Christians are …

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