Capitol Ministries plants and develops biblical ministries of evangelism and discipleship to Public Servants.
We have birthed ongoing outposts for Christ in more than 60 capitols throughout the world since our founding in 1996.
New Board Member Matt Swanson:
Time is Right to Further The Gospel of Jesus Christ
With a president in the White House who is open to Christianity, Capitol Ministries is positioned to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways previously unimagined said CM's new Board Member Matt Swanson, an agriculture businessman from California's fertile central valley.
"The time is right," Swanson said. "With President Donald Trump in the White House, there is an acceptance of the Christian faith. Not only does Capitol Ministries have Bible studies in the Senate and the House, but now the Cabinet too, something we thought would never be possible."
Swanson has supported Capitol Ministries since his friend, U.S. Congressman Jeff Denham, CA-10, introduced him to CM President and Founder Ralph Drollinger many years ago. Now on the board, Swanson will work alongside other board members to sustain the ministry's recent unparalleled growth.
"The political arena is suddenly friendly to a Christ-centered perspective and world view," he said. "This is the time that Capitol Ministries has the opportunity, the biggest open door that we could ever imagine, and that is why there is the re-doubling of efforts that is going on now."
Swanson grew up in the Swedish Covenant Church and learned early in life that ministry and business have been intrinsically linked in the Swanson family for generations. In the very late 1800's Swanson's great-great grandfather immigrated to the United States from Sweden, and in 1941 his grandfather began a turkey business that launched the family into a number of agri-businesses.
In addition to two dozen businesses he owns, Swanson is president of family-owned Associated Feed, the diversified manufacturer of livestock feed with five plants in the Turlock, CA area that his father began in 1971. Lauded as a forward-thinking company, Associated Feed is known for marrying cutting edge technology with strong environmental safeguards.
With a passion for apologetics, Swanson has organized national conferences, is involved in several other ministries and is Chairman of the Board of Turlock Christian Schools. He describes family companies as being overtly Christian.
"Being involved in ministries is part of my family's calling," he said. "In our businesses we celebrate Christmas publicly, we read the story of Christ's birth from Luke 2 every year and we talk about our faith. We don't force it on anyone, but people know where we come from. We actually have a chaplain on staff."
With the Word of God firmly anchored in his life, Swanson resounds solidly with Capitol Ministries' mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the political arena of the world.
"There needs to be rules and values and they have to come from somewhere," he said. "I personally believe they have to come from God."
"Society tells us man is basically good and if we were all in the right environment, if we all had enough money, enough food, jobs, college educations, everything would be great. But as Christians we know we are sinners and we are born fallen.
"If there is no clearly defined God-centered understanding of what we believe and why we value what we value, be it virtue, service, kindness, whatever the case may be, it becomes what we see today, every single opinion matters equally.
"And there are so many world views and cockamamie ideas out there that obviously need to be relegated to the back of the class, but everything now has this equal footing.
"The more information he has about God's perspective, the better it is for the Christian legislator because the right decision is often the most difficult decision.
"Christ's commanded us to "turn the other cheek," and yes, Christians are to be winsome, but being a Christian is not just about being nice, we are not to remaining in polite silence when God's precepts are challenged. It's about doing what God has called us to do. We must share with others, especially our political leaders, what we know through God, that He is the One who sets the rules, not us."
At Easter, Celebrate The Risen Christ
After Easter dinner with the family is a perfect time to explain the reason for the holiday celebration: the significance of the risen Christ.
In the Bible study, Leading Family Devotions at Easter that he will teach this week to Members of the White House Cabinet, Senate and House, Ralph Drollinger explains how to share the Gospel with immediate and extended family at the holiday gathering.
With a spirit of love, mercy, graciousness, and compassion, the head of the household should train himself to lead the family spiritually for several reasons, including being obedient to Scripture, Drollinger writes.
We invite you to join the leaders of our nation this week as they learn God’s intent for them to ensure that The Faith is passed down through the generations.
A link to the Bible study will be provided here on Tuesday.
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