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Friday, July 7, 2017

How Long Should Church Services and Sermons Be?

NAE Update

Pray Together Sunday is This Sunday

Pray Together Sunday is a simple opportunity for churches to join with hundreds of others across the country and ask God for spiritual renewal. Together we will lift our voices on behalf of our communities and nation. Will your church commit to a time of prayer during your worship service on Sunday, July 9, 2017? Register your church.

Rebekah Lyons on Today's Women's Ministry

What messages do women today need to hear? How has technology expanded the opportunities for women leaders? In Today's Conversation podcast with NAE President Leith Anderson, Rebekah Lyons (author, speaker and founder of Q Women) fields these questions on women's ministry and many more. Listen in.

How Long Should Church Services and Sermons Be?

In the May Evangelical Leaders Survey, American evangelical leaders weighed in on how long sermons and church services should be. On average, evangelical leaders believe sermons should be 30 minutes and church services should be 75 minutes, based on the median response. Read more.

High Court Rules in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that government may not discriminate against faith-based organizations when it seeks partners to carry out secular purposes. In a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that Missouri was wrong to deny playground safety material to a preschool run by the Trinity Lutheran Church. Learn more. 

Support the Justice Declaration

The NAE joined with Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Charles Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and close to 100 Christian leaders to launch the Justice Declaration in mid-June. Read the declaration and add your support.

Protect Iraqi Christians From Deportation

In a letter to the Trump administration, evangelical leaders — including NAE President Leith Anderson — requested that the administration defer the deportation of Chaldean Christians until Iraq’s government “proves willing and capable of protecting the rights of religious minorities.” Read the letter.

Religious Minorities in Sudan Need Protection

Religious and ethnic minority groups and faith-based charitable organizations in Sudan face discrimination, detention and violence by the regime in Khartoum. In a letter, the NAE urged the Secretary of State to consider religious freedom issues as part of any strategic review relating to U.S. policy.  Read the letter.

Addressing Poverty-focused Budget Cuts

Leaders from Christian families across the theological and political spectrum — including NAE President Leith Anderson — joined together in a statement to oppose budget cuts that would harm people living in hunger and poverty. Read the statement.

Member Spotlight: Lake Avenue Church

Lake Avenue Church has been worshipping and serving in Pasadena, California, for over 120 years. They seek to participate in God's reconciling work by making disciples of all peoples and generations, and they have many opportunities for people to grow in community and service, and to receive care. Learn more.

Article Spotlight: When It Comes to Saying Grace, Americans are Still United

The Washington Post — One by one, the Weiss family rounded up the nine grandchildren, who had been running circles around the barns. They gathered under a towering maple tree, around a table laden with barbecue meatballs and French silk pie, and grabbed one another’s hands. Read more.

Event Spotlight: NAE Chaplains Training Workshop

Please pray for all the chaplains and families attending the NAE Chaplains Training Workshop July 17-20 in Excelsior, Minnesota. Sessions will focus on faithful and compassionate ministry approaches that flow from gospel integrity, the Great Commission and shepherding the flock of God in the Armed Forces. Learn more.

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