Can Pastors be Restored After Adultery?

May 1, 2012 ...

“Evangelical leaders are adamant that the grace of God extends even to ministry leaders who commit adultery,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, which recently released the NAE Code of Ethics for Pastors to provide a standard professional ethical guideline for evangelical pastors. John Jenkins, a megachurch pastor, said, “The gospel’s …

Pastoral Letter on Marriage Relationships Ministry

April 17, 2012 ...

Dear Fellow Evangelical Clergy, Recent cultural trends and legal changes in marriage, families, relationships and sexual behavior have raised new challenges in our practice of pastoral ministry. As evangelical Protestant pastors who are committed to the Bible as our rule of faith and practice, we seek guidance in dealing with these challenges. The following list …

Most Church Leaders Don’t Sign Codes of Ethics

March 1, 2012 ...

“For many churches and Christian organizations, there are unspoken rules, or guidelines, for ethical behavior,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “The problem with unspoken rules is that no one has agreed to a standard. That yields many missed expectations.” Some evangelical leaders noted that ethical expectations are implicit in doctrinal statements and other organizational commitments …

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

July 6, 2011 ...

Courts have long recognized that churches and other religious communities should be free from government interference in the selection of ministers. The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod argues that teachers in its elementary schools are called as ministers and entrusted with the spiritual care of children, even though they also teach secular subjects. Under the “ministerial …

My Conversion to Church Planting

September 22, 2010 ...

Arriving early to teach a seminary class I was a little annoyed by a poster leftover from the previous class: The most effective way to reach people for Jesus Christ in our generation is to start new churches. For weeks afterward I couldn’t get this out of my mind. Finally, God convinced me, and I …

Single and Pregnant in Church?

August 25, 2010 ...

The poll, conducted by Gallup, Inc, shows[*]: 76 percent of evangelicals believe sex between an unmarried man and woman is morally wrong. 77 percent of evangelicals believe abortion is morally wrong. 79 percent of evangelicals believe having a baby outside of marriage is morally wrong. These figures suggest that an unmarried evangelical who unexpectedly becomes …

Pastors and Health Insurance

December 21, 2009 ...

I showed my card to the hospital account clerk and a claim for payment was filed. About two weeks later I received a form letter from the insurance company stating that the claim was denied. There was a feeling of panic. My wife and I were barely making it financially, and there was no way …

Christian Leaders and Family Life

January 1, 1988 ...

Studies done since 1984 by the NAE Task Force on the Family indicate that this situation has not improved but worsened. It is clear that Christian families are being touched by the same destructive forces as families outside the church. This is a condition that calls for action by the Christian community. Family life must …