NAE Launches 2021 ‘Bless Your Pastor’ Initiative in Midst of Church Leader Burnout

August 9, 2021 ...

According to Brian Kluth, national spokesperson of Bless Your Pastor, “Pastors and church staff are worn out. They have tirelessly served their churches and communities through a very difficult season with little respite. Now is an important time to let them know how appreciated they are. Let’s bless pastors and church staff across America like never before.”   What the Numbers Say: Pastors Are in Crisis …

Fulton Decision Affirms Religious Freedom Rights of Faith-Based Agencies

June 17, 2021 ...

“We are delighted that faith-based agencies will be able to continue serving our nation’s most vulnerable children in a way that honors the faith convictions that motivate their efforts,” said NAE President Walter Kim. “We need an all-hands-on-deck response to the foster care crisis, not government mandates that eliminate an important segment of the population based on their religious beliefs. As in the Fulton case, there are numerous foster agencies …

100+ City Bless Your Pastor Tour to Address Growing Challenges for Many Pastors, Churches

May 10, 2021 ...

The NAE’s national research shows that pastors are facing personal and church financial challenges: 90% of pastors are experiencing financial stress (which has increased since COVID-19). 83% of pastors are providing both in person and online worship services to care for their flock. 60% of pastors receive no retirement, health care or employee benefits. 50% …

Senate, House Introduce Bipartisan Border Solutions

April 26, 2021 ...

“The Bible, as a book shaped by the immigrant experience of God’s people, calls upon Christians to advocate on behalf of those facing human rights violations globally,” said Walter Kim, NAE president. “We believe all people are made in the image of God and deserve the opportunity to thrive in a safe and secure environment. The concerning surge at the border …

House Passes Pathway for Dreamers, Farm Workers

March 25, 2021 ...

“Prioritizing care for immigrants and vulnerable populations lies at the very core of biblical and moral values,” said Walter Kim, NAE president. “We commend the House’s action to remove party politics from issues affecting the well-being and security of immigrant populations, and we encourage the Senate to do the same as they mark up their own immigration bills.”  The American Dream and …

Congress Okays Aid for Families, Low-Income Workers

March 12, 2021 ...

“Families are central to God’s plan for human flourishing, and work is foundational to human dignity,” said NAE President Walter Kim. “The improvements in the child and earned income tax credits will make a substantial contribution to reducing poverty during the pandemic and its aftermath, particularly for African American and Latino families who represent a disproportionate …

NAE Supports Child, Earned Income Tax Credits

March 8, 2021 ...

“Both the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit are effective tools that nurture family life and care for the vulnerable in America,” said Walter Kim, NAE president. “These programs can both be strengthened and improved to lift even more people out of poverty.”  The foundation for support of these programs comes from the NAE’s longstanding commitments to …

NAE Condemns Burnings at Black Churches

December 17, 2020 ...

“Words fail to communicate the anguish we feel for our brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Walter Kim, NAE president. “No church should see its signs or banners burned in a video online. The recurring trauma experienced by African Americans in this country is heart breaking. Not even their church buildings are exempt from harm.” …