National Association of Evangelicals

A lineal descendant of the creedal Evangelical Alliance* of 1867. Evangelical leaders, called together by Ralph T. Davis and J. Elwin Wright, met at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, in 1941. They planned another meeting of nearly 150 leaders at St. Louis in 1942, at which the National Association of Evangelicals was organized with a creedal statement. The first convention was held in May 1943. The organization serves over two million members and claims a constituency of ten million. Subsidiary groups such as the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association* and the National Sunday School Association promote missions and Sunday schools. Other groups fulfill other service functions. Members of the Association worked with evangelicals from other lands to organize the World Evangelical Fellowship* in Holland in 1951 to coordinate worldwide efforts of evangelical service. Denominations, churches, and individuals which are willing to sign the statement of faith are admitted to the organizations.

Statement of Faith

The following Statement of Faith was written by the National Association of Evangelicals.

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.