As Americans we are blessed to have a form of government established on Judeo Christian principles that preserve and protect the God given rights of the people. Our founders recognized that God, not government, is the granting authority for our natural rights.
Biblical principles were employed to provide the indispensable moral support upon which our American society and culture is built. The writings of our early leaders make it clear that they believed the involvement of Christian ministers and lay people was and is essential to having good government and shaping good public policy.
As stewards of the freedom granted to us in Christ through our salvation and our humanity, we must be actively involved in preserving this freedom for our family, the Church, and ourselves. Unfortunately, in recent years, there has been a diligent and concerted effort to keep Christians inside the church walls and out of the public square. Our ability to speak out about issues is being challenged and is in jeopardy. We must stand strong and not draw back in fear of taking a stand for a biblical worldview and being involved in the politics of our society. We must speak out about important cultural and societal issues.
The focus of Faith and Public Policy is to educate, equip, and encourage pastors and church leaders as they work to uphold a Judeo-Christian worldview in all spheres of society, culture, and public policy. We provide information, resources, and tools to equip these leaders to promote and defend a Judeo-Christian worldview in the public square. To accomplish this, we assist church leadership in the establishment or expansion of culture impact ministries.
Many who deeply care about preserving our republic and our Judeo-Christian foundation feel overwhelmed when they think about starting a church based culture impact ministry. Faith and Public Policy supports those who desire help in this process. In order to guide church leaders in the establishment of a new ministry, we offer suggestions and ideas for getting started, and then growing, a culture impact ministry. Bear in mind that not all ministries will begin in exactly the same way nor will they look the same as they grow and expand.
Whether you are reading this as a pastor who desires to recruit a ministry leader or as a lay person who is charged with leading a culture impact ministry, we encourage you to prayerfully study the information contained herein and use it as God guides you.
Laying the Foundation
A church based culture impact ministry needs a qualified and committed leader. This person need not be someone who is experienced in the "political" or public policy arena. The committed person may learn and grow into the ministry as he or she moves forward. However, essential traits for this leader are that he or she be a person of prayer and that he or she holds to a biblical worldview.
Core Values of a Ministry Leader:
Be Pro-Natural Marriage
Be Pro-Natural Family
Affirm the God-given Right to Religious Liberty
Affirm the God-given Right of Parental Authority
Recognize that Civil Government is Ordained by God
Be Willing to Treat Those with Differing Viewpoints with the Love and the Compassion of Christ
2 Timothy 2: 24-26
Be Politically Non-Partisan
"A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins" Benjamin Franklin
The specific activities and projects each ministry team will engage in may vary from church to church. Here are some ideas that you might use as you begin.
A Beginning Culture Impact Ministry Leader will:
• Meet with several others to pray about the projects and actions the ministry will take.
• Monitor current news and legislation. (Sign up for emails from organizations listed on the FPP website: FaithandPublicPolicy.org.)
• Communicate with the pastor and leadership of the church.
a. Email updates and information to the pastor and leadership according to the frequency they desire.
b. Meet with the pastor and/or leadership on a mutually agreed upon schedule.
• Communicate with the congregation in accordance with the methods and frequency approved by the pastor and leadership using one or more of the following:
a. Email updates
b. Pulpit announcements
c. Bulletin inserts
d. Social Media
e. Church website postings
• Register voters prior to the primary and general elections. (See the County Registrar of Voters schedule for registration deadlines prior to each election.)
• Review the IRS Guidelines for churches. Visit our website for a link to review these guidelines in their entirety. (See Sample A)
Expanding the Ministry
"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved.” Samuel Adams
A growing culture impact ministry will continue the above and may also:
• Hold regular meetings.
a. Educate and encourage the congregation. See Samples B & C. (Also see “Plan a Ministry Meeting” on the FPP website.)
b. Equip the congregation to apply a biblical worldview to societal and cultural issues.
Set up an information table to generate interest, communicate with the congregation, and recruit ministry volunteers.
a. Produce Action Alerts - See "Create a Legislative Action Alert: on the FPP website. Encourage congregants to contact their representatives regarding specific legislation.
b. Provide the congregation with instructions about how and when to respond to other issues.
• Implement additional methods of communication with the congregation.
a. Set up a website. (See www.WatchmenMinistry.com for an example of a ministry website.)
b. Send out a weekly newsletter.
c. Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to share pro-family news, action alerts, and opportunities to learn more about current issues, etc.
• Check the Family Research Council website for a list of your state’s Family Policy Council (FPC). Family Policy Councils work at the state level to accomplish the same goals that Family Research Council works for at the national level – to shape public debate and formulate public policy. Let your FPC know of your church’s culture impact ministry.
• Review items in the Faith and Public Policy website “Practical Tools” section for additional/new ideas.
• Network with like-minded churches, ministry leaders, and pro-family organizations to learn more about issues, to work together on issues, and to better influence your community, state, and the nation.
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