Newly-named Ministry Leader Chris DiGiacomo will be launching one of Capitol Ministries latest discipleship ministries in early 2017 to Legislators and Constitutional Officers in the Massachusetts Capitol in Boston.
“I want to reach all people but I want to make a concerted effort to reach leaders,” Pastor DiGiacomo said. “You reach political leaders for Christ, you will have the greater propensity to better propagate the Gospel; you will have policies over the course of time, that are more sympathetic to Christianity. You lead a political leader to the Lord he will influence a lot more people than an individual pastor ever could.”
One reason he wanted to partner with Capitol Ministries is because we stay out of politics.
“I don’t believe lobbying legislators for Christian policy is effective,” he said. “You have got to reach the hearts of the individuals and then let them vote and make policy in accordance with the dictates and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I so agree with Capitol Ministries’ philosophy that we are going to minister to you and teach you the Word of God as opposed to telling you how you ought to vote.”
Capitol Ministries’ mission dovetails with the outreach goals of Lifeline Baptist Church in nearby Haverhill, Mass., a church Pastor DiGiacomo re-started with 15 members 7 years ago and where he serves as senior pastor.
The 100-member church has ministries to nursing homes, prisoners, and a newly-established one to young people at a local gym to reach those who are physically but not spiritually fit. Pastor DiGiacomo is currently training others to take a greater role in those ministries so that he may commit the time necessary to start the ministry to lawmakers.
To find a Legislative sponsor for his discipleship Bible study ministry, Pastor DiGiacomo is working with the leaders of a local Christian organization who have offered to introduce him to several Christian Lawmakers who want to become involved.
After the ministry becomes established, Pastor DiGiacomo’s goal is to learn where the Lawmakers are spiritually and strengthen and encourage them with the Word.
“They are the ones who are going to be bringing in new people,” he said. “Then I will begin to build a relationship with the new people and hopefully it will lead to the lost getting saved, then we repeat that process.
“I have very realistic expectations that I will be meeting with one or two people for some time before we see some fruit, but I know if God puts me there I know the fruit will come. I have always said, Lord I will go wherever you put me.”
If you wish to contact Pastor DiGiacomo or support his vital work to the Massachusetts Legislature, you may contact him at: [email protected]