Recalibrating Churches and Leadership

September 6, 2021 ...

Some of the changes in churches are ephemeral. For example, we are already seeing how the streaming, digital worship service has been transitioned from critical to supplemental at best. Likewise, we have seen a significant decline in digital small groups as churches regather in-person. Still, some changes are long-lasting. They will likely change the shape …

Recovering From a Year in the Wilderness

September 6, 2021 ...

As a ministry leader, after all you have been through, if you feel drained, if you feel numb, even if you feel like a failure — it’s OK. That’s actually a very normal and human reaction to the kinds of pressures and stresses you’ve had to weather over the past year. And undoubtedly, the pressures …

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 …

Discipleship in the Age of Conspiracy Theories

June 21, 2021 ...

The past few years have been a painful reminder of the consequences of this decline as we’ve witnessed the growing popularity of conspiracy theories in our churches. While we have taught our people to serve, evangelize, worship and lead, too frequently our pragmatism limits our commitment to discipling our people to think well (Romans 12:2). …

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% …

Timely and Effective Resources Help Leaders Navigate the COVID Crisis

January 25, 2021 ...

First Responders From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the NAE has developed resources and facilitated access for Christian communities across the country to be equipped for this unprecedented crisis. Two initiatives that we deployed for this purpose were Care Package for the Church and Reopening the Church. In addition, the NAE participated with Wheaton College’s …

Why I Don’t Preach Partisan Politics

June 22, 2020 ...

Apart from disengaging from the culture entirely, I don’t think it is possible to sidestep politics. Any pastor who avoids preaching about anything politicians talk about will have decided not to address anything relevant to anyone who is listening. I’ve been accused (wrongly) of “preaching politics” whenever I have addressed biblical issues like racism, the …

Jo Anne Lyon | Leading Well in Times of Crisis

May 15, 2020 ...

In Today’s Conversation hosted by Walter Kim, Jo Anne shares how to lead well — in different contexts and especially in times of crisis. You’ll learn: How to meaningfully employ courage and risk in leadership; How God used Jo Anne’s passions to step into new levels of influence; What she learned about women and men …

Care Package for the Church

April 14, 2020 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals teamed with American Bible Society, NAE Financial Health, Billy Graham Center, and Humanitarian Disaster Institute to offer a Care Package for the Church (NAEcarepackage.com).  American Bible Society trains pastors and others to facilitate online Trauma Healing groups. NAE Financial Health brings online training to address financial sustainability for pastors and churches. …

Five Mistakes to Avoid in Leadership Transitions

February 18, 2020 ...

Here are five mistakes that boards should work very hard to avoid: 1. Delegating Succession Planning to the CEO Selecting the right leader is the most important responsibility of the board, and it should never be delegated to the incumbent leader. As competent as any leader may be, organizations benefit from new thought. The CEO’s …