National Association of Evangelicals Update, May 2011

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Evangelical Leaders Say Tithe Not Required
Many evangelical churches regularly encourage their members to tithe, or give the church at least 10 percent of their income. Yet, according to the Evangelical Leaders Survey, most evangelical leaders do not believe the Bible requires Christians to tithe. The survey showed that 58 percent do not believe the Bible requires a tithe, while 42 percent do. (read more)

U.S. Lausanne Meeting
Over 700 leaders gathered in Orlando in April to discuss how to revitalize and reshape evangelism in the United States. The leadership consultation was convened by the Mission America Coalition and the Lausanne Movement. You can join the conversation via ongoing affinity consultation discussions. (read more)

Circle of Protection
As the budget debate rages on Capitol Hill, a diverse group of Christian leaders, including NAE President Leith Anderson, has joined together to form a coalition committed to providing a Circle of Protection around the poor. (read more)

National Day of Prayer for Creation Care
May 20 will be a day of prayer for God’s creation across the United States. The Washington, D.C., events will include a noon time prayer service and a Creation Care Music Fest, starting at 6:30 p.m. The day of prayer activities are being sponsored by the NAE, Evangelical Environmental Network, and many others. (read more)

NAE Insists on Religious Freedom for Indiana Prisoners
In Indiana, prison authorities are refusing to serve kosher meals to Jewish inmates on the premise that it is too costly. The NAE joined an amicus brief urging Indiana to comply with the Religious Land Use and Incarcerated Persons Act, which was passed in 2000 to compel states to accommodate reasonable religious requests from prison inmates. (read more)

Supreme Court Upholds AZ School Tax Credits Law
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court denied standing for a plaintiffs’ challenge that attacked an Arizona law granting tax credits for contributions to school tuition organizations, which can be used to provide scholarships to students attending private schools, including religious schools. The NAE filed a brief in support of the law. (read more)

New Report on International Religious Freedom
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently released its 2011 report, which sets forth the Commission’s conclusions and recommendations regarding violations of religious freedom in the world and indicates problem areas. (read more)

NAE Seeks Project Director for Generation Forum
The NAE Generation Forum Project Director is a full-time, at will, exempt professional position. Launched in 2009, the Generation Forum works to mobilize evangelicals toward cooperative efforts and practical solutions that will create an environment where sex is honored, life is cherished, and the number of abortions is reduced. (see the job description)

NAE Seeks Administrative Assistant for Chaplains Commission
The NAE Chaplains Commission Administrative Assistant is a part-time (with potential for full-time) position with responsibility for the daily operation of the NAE Chaplains Commission. (see the job description)

NAE Friends' Events

Cinco de Mayo Prayer
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference launched the Cinco de Mayo Prayer Initiative to encourage prayer during the 21 days leading up to May 5th for violence, murder, trafficking, smuggling, kidnapping and drug cartels along the Mexico/U.S. border. Join the initiative! (read more)

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