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 …

Top Theological Issues for Seminaries

December 21, 2014 ...

Biblical authority given science and the enculturated nature of revelation. The gospel’s implications for human flourishing and eschatological salvation. The biblical vision for family, marriage, gender and sexuality. The plausibility of the Christian life-view and the relevance of the church to contemporary life. David Clark Vice President and Dean, Bethel Seminary 1. Seminary graduates are …

Changing Denominations Common Among Evangelical Leaders

December 1, 2014 ...

“Evangelical traditions and denominations have more in common than many realize,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There is a healthy fluidity among evangelicals as they seek to find church and denominational homes where they can worship and serve.” Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College, said, “As a result of …

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Jacob Lew and Daniel Werfel

April 4, 2014 ...

The January 2013 Evangelical Leaders Survey found that 93 percent of evangelical leaders find the policy fair. The exemption is an accommodation, and the government does not establish religion by accommodating it. The joint brief argues that the government may, and sometimes must, treat ministers differently from other occupations and activities in order to serve …

Using Humor in Preaching

September 22, 2013 ...

Prophets such as Isaiah (40:18-20; 41:5-7; 44:9-20) used humor in poking fun at idols to show the folly of idolatry. The apostle Paul used satire and irony when he called usurpers “super apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5) and when he said that those who taught circumcision was necessary for salvation should go all the way and …

A Church Planting Generation

March 20, 2013 ...

There are many reasons why young pastors opt to start new churches. For one, the environment has changed. “It’s not the extreme sport of ministry that it used to be,” said Michael Binder, who planted Mill City Church in Minneapolis when he was 31. Church planting assessment and training centers have popped up, and there …