Leith Anderson Chosen as Interim President of NEA

After the resignation of Ted Haggard, Dr Leith Anderson has been chosen to be Interim President of the National Association of Evangelicals. [Press Release – PDF]

I respect Leith Anderson a great deal. His books have been been an inspiration for a long time and I once heard him give a hugely memorable talk on consumerism and the gods of our age. Leith Anderson, Doug Pagitt and a number of us from Young Leaders had a enjoyable lunch together in Minnesota a few years back and I got to throw a few questions at him.

Cant remember what they were, dangitt . . . [LAME!]

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Doug was youth pastor at Leith’s church [Wooddale] for ten years before starting the Young Leaders group with Leadership Network. Doug doesnt talk much about his association with his former boss – there is a lot of respect going both ways there – but i got the impression from Doug that he wanted the Young Leaders/Emergent Village‘ to stand on its own feet and to be free to make mistakes without dragging in other leaders.

But I would say that Leith is probably a lot more aware and connected to the emerging church movement in USA than was Ted Haggard. As to the extent of that knowledge and commitment to seeing God’s mission happen in the emerging culture, we will just have to wait to hear from Dr. Anderson himself.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Get evolved says:

    New Interim with National Evangelical Association

    Andrew Jones from TallskinnyKiwi.com has published a post on his blog about the new President of the NEA after the recent resignation of Ted Haggard. Andrew also points out that the new president has some close ties with emerging church, in particular …

  • kent says:

    out of curiosity why do we need an NAE? who do they speak for and what do they do?

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