Fall Offering

The NAB family has been praying for new missionaries and passionate church planters. We have imagined a new generation of NAB servants to spread the gospel.

In response to our prayers, God has done immeasurably more than we have asked or imagined. God has provided the NAB with new missionaries and church planters. Now we must come alongside them and support, encourage, train, and equip them for the exciting ministries in which God has called them. 

Leadership Newsletter August 2015

Pastoring Today

Thank God for those who walk before us and communicate their experiences in ministry in ways that stimulate, motivate, and equip us for our work in the kingdom. Eugene Peterson has been a pastor, scholar, author, and poet, and has helped many over the years understand the very heart of ministry. I recently read again an interview that Peterson gave, and I was stunned by how gently yet cuttingly he described the very work of pastoring today.

Read this following excerpt and reflect on your own calling—and Peterson’s cautions—to pastoring.


(Interview Question)   If you were asked by one to describe what is at the heart of the work of pastoring and shepherding, what would you say?

NAB Update

Triennial Moments and Memories

God is moving NAB into a new season of ministry and cooperation. Among all the other exciting themes of the 2015 Triennial Conference, this refrain was heard repeatedly from participants and leaders in Sacramento. Outside speakers like Reggie McNeal, Mark Buchanan, and Dave Johnson painted the truth of God’s word directly on our minds and hearts. Our NAB speakers—Cam Roxburgh, Norm Poehlke, and Dan Hamil—provided both biblical and practical examples of how God is moving churches toward a missionary endeavor in their neighborhoods.


Stress: Part 3

Over the last months, I’ve been reflecting in these leadership letters about stress. As I’ve ruminated about the core characteristics of stress and the causes of stress, a nagging thought has gnawed in my mind. Why, of all people, do pastors and Christian leaders seem to wrestle with stress at deep and disturbing levels? Now don’t get me wrong—I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t experience stress and now feel badly about your stress. This would only add guilt to your stress—a toxic emotional cocktail indeed. I’m simply priming my own thoughts about the inner life of pastors and Christian leaders in the era of ministry. Why do pastors and Christian leaders experience great stress?

Leadership Newsletter June 2015

Stress: Part 2

In the last NAB Leadership letter, I talked about good stress—Eustress—and the actual need that we have to desire to imagine and work toward a ministry reality beyond the status quo. This month, I’d like to jump into the waters of a discussion of bad stress.

Stress is of course all around us. According to the American Psychological Association (APA):

“More adults report that their stress is increasing rather than decreasing. 39 percent said their stress had increased over the past year and even more said that their stress had increased over the past five years (44 percent). Only 27 percent of adults report that their stress has decreased in the past five years and fewer than a quarter of adults report that their stress has decreased in the past year (17 percent).”

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