Here we provide answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about the National Association of Evangelicals.
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What is an evangelical?
Evangelicals are a vibrant and diverse group of people who take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Despite how some research and media outlets define evangelicals, we identify ourselves by spiritual convictions in the authority of the Bible, salvation through Jesus Christ alone and living out our faith in everyday life, especially sharing the good news of Jesus with others. We believe that the gospel (the good news about Jesus) can transform every facet of the human condition and every aspect of our world on the individual as well as the corporate level. Our diversity ranges across geography, race, politics, education and economics. Learn more at What is an Evangelical?
My organization is an NAE member. How can I update the account information?
Thanks for your continued partnership in the gospel! Please fill out our contact form, and we will take care of updating your record.
What are the ways that an individual can be involved with the NAE?
We hope that you find NAE resources valuable as you seek to faithfully follow Christ. Be sure to check out upcoming NAE events and webinars, as well as current opportunities to take action. And please subscribe to receive resources and monthly updates directly to your email inbox. At the NAE, we rely on generous supporters to fulfill our vision of a thriving evangelical community living out a transformational gospel witness. We invite you to partner with us by making a gift today.
I live outside the United States. Can I still be part of the National Association of Evangelicals?
Thank you for your interest in the National Association of Evangelicals, and we hope that you find NAE resources applicable to your ministry. The NAE’s mission is to honor God by representing and connecting evangelicals in the United States. While we are certainly involved in work overseas, our primary focus is within the United States. We are one of 130+ affiliates of the World Evangelical Alliance, which supports and promotes the full expression of evangelical faith around the world. We encourage you to connect with them and the evangelical alliance that exists in your region.
What makes the NAE unique from other Christian organizations?
The NAE is a home that welcomes many expressions of evangelicalism. We are a gathering place where evangelical institutions don’t see each other as competitors, but as collaborators in the glorious work of the gospel. At the NAE, we make connections, provide resources and grow influence. With a record of nearly 80 years of facilitating evangelical unity, witness and cooperation, the NAE is well situated to continue providing strategic leadership for evangelicals. To this day, the NAE remains the only institutional structure and the most representative agency of American evangelicals in the 21st century. It serves a critical need by providing stability and connectedness for evangelicals while projecting a trusted voice for the evangelical movement that speaks with wisdom and clarity.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about the NAE?
In response to the World War II refugee crisis, the NAE established the War Relief Commission (now World Relief). As the NAE’s relief and development arm, World Relief is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NAE. For nearly 80 years, across 100 countries, World Relief has been tackling the world’s greatest problems with sustainable solutions, transforming communities from the inside out.
Why did you endorse (or not endorse) the current president?
The NAE is a nonpolitical religious association that doesn’t engage in political partisanship. We do not endorse political candidates or officials. We do believe the Bible speaks to the most challenging issues we face as a nation, and we address issues based on resolutions and policies adopted by the NAE Board of Directors. The resource “For the Health of the Nation” clearly outlines our approach and has been the policy guide of the NAE since 2004. We also invite you to discover NAE resources and information on specific topics.
How does the NAE approach advocacy?
Grounded in the gospel’s implications for human flourishing, the NAE advocates for a robust evangelical public theology lived out in practice. We believe that the Bible speaks to the full range of human experience, and because we believe in the Bible as our ultimate authority, it is our conviction that evangelicals ought to be engaged in every aspect of society, including policy making. This is why an evangelical public theology is so crucial. The resource “For the Health of the Nation” outlines our approach and has been the policy guide of the NAE since 2004.
We advocate in three primary ways. First, through visits on Capitol Hill, court amicus briefs and letters, we represent evangelical concerns to the administration, Congress and the courts. Second, we actively participate in coalitions with other organizations and partners who share mutual concerns in order to have a greater impact. Third, we regularly provide policy guidance to our members and supporters about important opportunities for engagement on both individual and corporate levels. We invite individuals to take action on current issues.
Where can I find a list of NAE positions on different issues?
You can review a short description of our positions by clicking on different topics here. In addition to a summary of our position, you will also find resources that equip and inspire you on that topic. The resource “For the Health of the Nation” clearly outlines our advocacy approach and has been the policy guide of the NAE since 2004.
How can I apply to be endorsed by the Evangelical Chaplains Commission?
Everything you need to know about being endorsed by the Evangelicals Chaplains Commission can be found at Become a Chaplain, including the four-step application process.
How is the NAE connected to World Relief?
In response to the World War II refugee crisis, the NAE established the War Relief Commission (now World Relief). As the NAE’s relief and development arm, World Relief is a wholly owned subsidiary of the NAE. For nearly 80 years, across 100 countries, World Relief has been tackling the world’s greatest problems with sustainable solutions, transforming communities from the inside out.
How does the NAE interact with the global body of believers?
Our vision of the kingdom of God is one characterized by people from every tongue, tribe and nation. The Body of Christ is more global than ever, and Christianity’s geographical center is now firmly anchored in the Global South. As such, participating in the Body of Christ is, by definition, a global endeavor. The NAE supports and participates in various global movements and organizations whose purpose is to amplify a holistic gospel witness around the world. The two primary ways we do this are through World Relief, the NAE’s humanitarian relief and development arm, and through our participation as one of 130+ affiliates of the World Evangelical Alliance, which supports and promotes the full expression of evangelical faith around the world.
How can I reach NAE’s audience with my organization’s message or product?
We have many opportunities for you to partner with the NAE through sponsorship, and we look forward to finding a great fit for you. Please complete our sponsorship form, and we will be in touch to answer any questions and discuss available options with you.
Can my church/organization use the NAE Statement of Faith as our own?
The NAE intentionally has not copyrighted its Statement of Faith so that it may be used widely. If you decide to use the NAE Statement of Faith on your website or materials, please include the statement: “As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.”
Can I repost an article from your website on my website?
Yes, the NAE grants permission to reproduce and distribute articles from its website in its entirety or in unaltered excerpts, as long as users do not charge for the materials. For internet posting, use only up to 75 words of the article and provide a hyperlink to the article on the NAE website. Include the following information on any distributed copy: the author’s name, National Association of Evangelicals.
I placed an online order through the NAE store. How can I check the status of my order?
We’d be happy to check on that order for you. Please fill out the contact us form and include any order details, including the account number, in your note. We will take a look and get back to you as soon as possible.
When can I order the Bible Reading Guide for next year?
We are so pleased that the NAE’s Bible Reading Guide is impactful in your ministry and/or personal walk with Christ. We start accepting orders in November for the following year. If you subscribe to our emails, you will be notified when we are ready to accept orders. We are sold out of the 2022 Bible Reading Guides.