What’s a Church Worth?

March 21, 2016 ...

Congregations may find it difficult to obtain grants and donations from non-members, who view congregations as insular and unconcerned with the rest of society. Documenting a congregation’s value to the local economy demonstrates that the congregation is not a club but a community asset and is worthy of generous support. We started with a study …

Volunteers Recruit Volunteers

March 14, 2016 ...

The questions went on and on until eventually they caught on to the answer I was trying to communicate to them: volunteers recruit volunteers. Some of them looked puzzled. Some were surprised. Others looked relieved. It made perfect sense, once they understood. Looking for good volunteers? Start with your current volunteers. Five people recruiting is …

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 …

The Inside Out Donut

March 10, 2016 ...

Leith Anderson Where were America’s megachurches in 1950? They were called “tall steeple churches,” and most of them were downtown. From Boston to Los Angeles, the congregations with the most people, money, fame and influence were in and around the center city where people lived and worked. Then came the post-war boom. Actually there were …

2021 Bible Reading Guide

January 1, 2016 ...

The Bible Reading Guide is a checklist of daily Scriptures (more details about the schedule below) that coincides with an 8-minute, daily podcast. The Bible Recap podcast (TheBibleRecap.com) summarizes and explains each day’s reading, and is created to empower and encourage readers every day! The 2021 guide offers: Daily readings in chronological order; Compact design …

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 …

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 …