Evangelical congregations in churches across the U. S. support a common doctrinal position embodied in the seven-point statement of faith of the National Association of Evangelicals as drawn up in 1942. Although identified with the NAE, many have only a hazy idea about the scope of cooperative endeavors they are involved in through the association. CHRISTIANITY TODAY interviewed executive director Billy A. Melvin to bring its Junctions into focus.
What is NAE?
It is just what those initials signify: a national association of evangelicals—denominations, churches, individuals—who have banded together in order to serve the church of Jesus Christ more effectively than they could by working separately.
Who are the evangelicals who make up NAE?
Our organization is composed of 42 denominations plus local churches in 33 others. That means we represent a total of 75 denominations—some by the membership of the entire body, others by local churches within the denomination. One way or the other, individual churches from all of the historic Protestant denominations are related to NAE, and almost all of the smaller groups, too. We estimate that there are some three-and-a-half million people from about 38,000 local churches in the organization.
What is the theological coloring of NAE?
Theologically we represent the whole spectrum—everything from Mennonite to Reformed Presbyterian, from Baptist to Lutheran, Pentecostal, and holiness. Probably the total membership is slightly more Calvinistic than Arminian; it’s almost fifty-fifty.
What does NAE do? What are its goals?
First of all, we provide a platform and united voice for evangelical Christian churches in the United States so they will be heard. NAE’s distinctive is its biblical commitment. We ...1
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