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 ...

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS 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 …

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 …

Holy Sarcasm?

September 22, 2013 ...

Many of the early Church Fathers associated humor with moral vices and preached against it. The Puritans banned comedies, believing they were inherently immoral. And the Rule of Benedict eschewed “foolish chatter” and urged speaking “nothing just to provoke laughter.” At first glance the Bible might seem to support such a dour outlook on life. …

Q&A with Dan Busby

June 21, 2012 ...

Q  How can pastors be accountable in their personal finances? A  Pastors should be exemplary in living within their means and paying personal obligations. Few things will damage a church more quickly than when word spreads that the pastor’s finances are not in sterling condition. Q  What is your top tip for church leaders who …

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