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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Christian Perspective of Internet Criticisms

March 1, 2014 ...

1. We aspire to have a genuine love and concern for both the one being criticized and the one making the criticism. As followers of Christ, we are called to live by one rule: Love one another (John 13:34). Jesus calls us to be humble, to be merciful, and to be peacemakers wherever possible (Matthew …