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Friday, November 10, 2006

Statement Concerning The Resignation Of NAE President Ted Haggard

Taken from
Colorado Springs
Wednesday, November 08, 2006

(NAE Press Release) On November 2, National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) President Ted Haggard submitted his resignation from NAE leadership when serious allegations were made on a Denver radio talk show. In response to Haggard's admission to church leaders in Colorado that there were some indiscretions, the 11-member NAE Executive Committee met November 3 via teleconference and unanimously accepted his resignation with regret.

Haggard has rendered invaluable services to the New Life Church of Colorado Springs, to the NAE, to the Evangelical Christian movement, and to the Church universal. We appreciate his many years of effective leadership.

Knowing Haggard, we found the initial reports of misconduct to be shocking and difficult to believe. As evangelicals we recognize, however, the stark reality of the power of sin in all our lives, and acknowledge that we are all capable of grievous moral failures.

Moreover, we believe that the Bible holds Christian leaders to higher levels of accountability. Therefore, it is especially serious when a pastor and prominent Christian leader deliberately violates God's standards of conduct.

The NAE is a para-church organization, not a church. Haggard has rightfully submitted himself to the pastoral oversight and ecclesiastical discipline of the independent New Life Church board of overseers. We commend him to their wisdom, as they are involved in the accountability process and have a more detailed knowledge of the situation through their extended meetings with him.

We are thankful for the grace and mercy of Christ who is able to forgive all sorts of sin. Yet, due to the seriousness of Haggard's misconduct while in the leadership roles he held, we anticipate that an extended period of recovery will be appropriate. We pray that the overseers' ministry to him will lead to his eventual moral healing, restoration in Christ, and service in the Church.

We pray for and stand with Haggard, his wife Gayle, and their children, and the New Life Church congregation at this difficult time.We also pray for the man who has accused Haggard.

--Submitted by the NAE Executive Committee: Chairman: Dr. Roy Taylor, stated clerk, Presbyterian Church of AmericaVice-Chairman: Rev. Jeff Farmer, president, Open Bible Churches

Leith Anderson named interim president

Dr. Leith Anderson, a well-known pastor, author, seminary lecturer, and missions leader was named interim president of the NAE November 4.

A 15-member Executive Committee, led by L. Roy Taylor, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America, made the selection. After consultation with his Church elders and his wife Charleen, Anderson agreed to serve for an indefinite period in order to give the Association the time needed to seek and find a new president. Anderson is the senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a mega-church affiliated with the Baptist General Conference, a position that he was first called to on January 1, 1977. During his tenure, the church has grown to 5,000 regular attendees and is known for its outreach overseas, including to victims of HIV/AIDS.

His education includes Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois; B.A., Sociology, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; Master of Divinity, Denver Seminary, Denver, Colorado; and Doctor of Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of eight books and the radio voice of Faith Matters, which is heard on Christian stations across the U.S.

"Dr. Anderson knows the evangelical world and is uniquely positioned to serve theNational Association of Evangelicals at this time," said Taylor, NAE Chairman of the Board. "He's a man of great personal integrity and spiritual leadership who can step into the President's role without missing a beat."


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