Broadcasters cut tie to evangelical association

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2001

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- The trade association for evangelical Protestants in television and radio has severed its 57-year affiliation with the National Association of Evangelicals.

Karl Stoll, communications director at the National Religious Broadcasters' offices in Manassas, said ''part of the concern'' was the National Association of Evangelicals' decision last year to admit member denominations that belong simultaneously to the more liberal National Council of Churches.

The broadcasters' executive committee proposed the split for approval by the full board in Dallas Feb. 10. The group has issued no formal explanation and none is planned, Stoll said. ''We wanted to do it quietly.''

The evangelical association, based in Glendora, Calif., represents 51 conservative Protestant denominations and 45,000 local congregations, but its annual meetings are far smaller than those of the broadcast group. The broadcasters became an affiliate in 1944, the year after the evangelical association was founded.

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