Good News on Ministerial Housing Allowance

March 27, 2019 ...

The allowance, found in section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, allows churches to either provide a parsonage or designate a reasonable part of a minister’s compensation package as a housing allowance that is then excluded from taxable income. According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, the allowance saves ministers an estimated $700 million …

Everything You Need to Know About Pastoring Cross-Cultural Churches

March 15, 2019 ...

In this podcast, Randy and Leith discuss: How terms like “cross-cultural” and “multi-ethnic” are distinct; Whether every church should be cross-cultural; How to deal with differing cultural preferences about music, preaching and other things; and Whether there is a certain profile that helps make someone successful as a pastor of a cross-cultural church. Read a Portion …

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 …

Everything You Need to Know About Pastoring Large Churches

January 15, 2019 ...

In this podcast, Bryant and Leith discuss: How expectations for pastors of large churches differ from the expectations of pastors in small-to-medium sized churches; The future of the megachurch movement in the United States; What characteristics a person needs to have to be an effective pastor of a large church; and The case for attending …

Everything You Need to Know About Pastoring Small Churches

September 15, 2018 ...

In this podcast, Karl and Leith discuss: How small churches should think about growth and success; The particular challenges, including finances, that pastors of small churches face; What resources are available to pastors of small churches; and Why we need more — not fewer — small churches in the United States. Read a Portion of …

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 …