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 …

NAE to Address Pastor Finances

January 4, 2016 ...

“Financial challenges often add stress to the already difficult and demanding role of pastors today,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “We have had the desire to address this issue for a long time, and are pleased to partner with Lilly Endowment on a topic that will directly impact the ministry of thousands of pastors across …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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.” …

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 …