Christian Community in the Age of Internet and Podcast Preachers

July 16, 2018 ...

There’s a lot more to pastoring than developing and preaching sermons, and that is especially true for pastors who serve at small- to medium-sized churches run mainly by volunteers. Despite the dire warnings from church growth experts and leadership seminars, we are Jacks and Jills of all trades, intimately involved in our church and community. …

Technophobic Pastors of Tech-Addicted Churches

July 9, 2018 ...

Consider this terrifying description of the introduction of “electric elevators” in the late 1800s on the Engineering and Technology History Wiki website: The electrical elevator led to the birth of the skyscraper, but acceptance of the electrified elevator option did not occur overnight. Electricity was a new technology and a source of both fear and …

The Opportunity Smartphones Present the Church

June 25, 2018 ...

For Christians and church leaders my response to Twenge is simple: It doesn’t really matter. Seemingly for all of modern history, people worry about the latest trends. But these are just distractions from our mission. The same things parents say about children playing too many video games today were said in 1987. This is what …

Prisoners Can Become Pastors

March 30, 2018 ...

“Evangelicals believe that the gospel transforms lives. When former prisoners serve in ministry, we are reminded of the redemption and restoration that all Christians enjoy in Christ,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, shared that his father served as a Pentecostal …

Pastors Should Know Who Gives to the Church

November 27, 2017 ...

“Among their many responsibilities, pastors are entrusted with shepherding and discipling those in the church. They also play a significant role in calling others to leadership in the church,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) who served as a pastor for over 35 years. “These two pastoral responsibilities seem to …

Pastors Shouldn’t Endorse Politicians

March 29, 2017 ...

“Evangelicals emphasize evangelism, and pastors often avoid controversies that might take priority over the gospel message,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “Most pastors I know don’t want to endorse politicians. They want to focus on teaching the Bible.” William Bohline, founding pastor of Hosanna! Lutheran Church, said, “The pulpit …

Matching Up Pastors and Churches

November 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, you’ll learn: Guiding principles for sifting through candidates; How to avoid common mistakes made in the pastor search process; Whether to consider pastors who have been fired from a church; and What search firms offer churches that are looking for new pastors. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: There have been times …

No Recommended Retirement Age for Pastors

October 31, 2016 ...

“Age is not necessarily good predictor of effectiveness,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There are 75 year olds who have active and growing ministries, and 40 year olds whose ministries are struggling and lacking fruit.” George Wood, general superintendent of Assemblies of God, said, “My most productive years have …

Trends in Theological Education

October 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear the expert on theological education in the United States share: How changing expectations of pastors have impacted seminary training; How seminaries have adapted to distance and online education; What evangelicals can learn from mainline and Catholic seminaries; and What seminaries need to do in the next 20 years to continue being …