NAE Update: June 2009

General June 17, 2009

Evangelical Leaders Survey: Christianity will increase except in the USA (May 2009)
“Evangelical leaders are very bullish on the future growth of Christianity, except in America,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Responding to the Evangelical Leaders Survey question “Do you expect the worldwide influence of Christianity and the number of Christians to increase, decrease or stay the same in the next 10 years,” 94 percent said “increase,” 4 percent said “stay the same” and 2 percent were unsure. None predicted a decrease in the number of Christians. (read more)
 

Evangelical Leaders Forum
This fall, the NAE will bring together the best and the brightest evangelical leaders to discuss critical issues facing the nation and the Church. The Evangelical Leaders Forum will be held Oct. 8-9, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, just outside of Washington, D.C. Its program will focus on “Christian Justice in Difficult Times.” (read more)
 

An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently released a survey in which 62 percent of white evangelical Protestants said torture of a suspected terrorist could be often or sometimes justified to obtain important information. In contrast, the NAE adopted this statement against the use of torture in 2007. In An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture, the NAE renounced “the use of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment by any branch of our government (or any other government) – even in the current circumstance of a war between the United States and various radical terrorist groups.” (read more) 

NAE Friends Events 

Conference on Gender and Culture
Christians for Biblical Equality will host "Are Men from Mars and Women from Venus? A Biblical Response to Gender Difference," a conference on gender and culture on July 24-26, 2009. Christian anthropologists and leaders will deliver four general sessions, conduct 20 workshops, and participate in a panel discussion on gender and culture during the event. Rooted in biblical and anthropological perspectives, the conference will explore how church, society, and government define gender. (read more)