“It is vital for pastors to give political leaders a high protein diet of the Word of God because if we don’t go and show them what God wants them to do in government, who will? This is the duty and the mission of the local church!”
With that strong call to action, Brian Solomon, CapMin global director for North America, kicked off the first Pastor Appreciation Day on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Friends, it is our duty to point political leaders to the Savior Jesus Christ and we do that by teaching the Word of God. If your church isn’t doing that, I encourage you to have a conversation with your pastor,” Pastor Solomon said.
Capitol Ministries is the primary sponsor of Salem Media Group’s 19 Pastor Appreciation Days that will be held in communities across the nation this year. CapMin will also participate in upcoming Southern Baptist and Independent Baptist Conventions, both state and national meetings.
At those events, CapMin will be able to ask 20,000 pastors to partner with us and establish discipleship Bible-study based ministries to city and country leaders in their neighborhoods.
The future of our nation depends upon the local church taking the gospel to public servants and discipling them through weekly in-depth Bible studies, said Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries.
In a brief video at the beginning of the event, Drollinger told the participants about the CapMin mission, the biblical mandate, and the methodology to recruit Bible teachers to establish weekly Bible studies and disciple city and county leaders to maturity in the faith through teaching God’s Word. See video here.
In a recent CapMin news story, Drollinger explained that CapMin is intensifying our efforts to partner with churches because civil government is still relatively unaffected by the cultural war that is being waged in the United States. Read the full story here.
Drollinger quoted Victor Davis Hanson who coined the term “Establishment Revolution” to explain how leaders in the “hills” of Media, Education, Entertainment, Sports and Commerce were forcing an anti-American and anti-Constitution “woke ideology” on the majority of Americans who still held fast to historical and biblical values.
“I strongly believe that if the Hill of civil government too is lost, our nation will be irreparably damaged and apart from a revival, it will not be capable of resuscitation,” Drollinger said. “If we lose Civil Government to top-down woke secularism the cultural battle will be over. The minority that is pushing the woke agenda will have won the Establishment Revolution. The biblically-based majority population will have lost.”
This urgency was imparted to pastors at the Cleveland event by Pastor Solomon, who was invited to address church leaders at the start of the event after the group viewed Drollinger’s video.
“If you are pastor or a church leader, we’d like to ask you to reevaluate your church’s mission strategy,” Pastor Solomon said.
“How are you reaching people for Christ? And does it include political leaders in your hometown? We believe this is not only a good idea, but it is also a biblical idea to reach political leaders for Christ.
“As the Great Commission tells us, we don’t do that through fancy programs or events or anything like that. Jesus says, “Go… and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.”
Pastor Solomon invited the pastors to visit the CapMin table to learn more about the partnership that includes CapMin providing Bible studies that have been specifically written for public servants, training, on-going support, and certification, all at no cost to churches.
At the CapMin table, pastors had the opportunity to speak with Pastor Solomon as well as Brian Hanson, CapMin’s Global International Director. The two pastors also jointly lead the weekly Bible study to Members of the Ohio Legislature. Here are some of Pastor Hanson’s observations:
- The wife of a pastor was moved to tears with excitement and awe at the CapMin mission and the couple prayed over Pastors Hanson and Solomon and their work at the Ohio Capitol.
- A pastor of a local church said he never discussed politics or political associations because it can divisive. But after hearing Drollinger’s video, and after conversations with Pastors Hanson and Solomon, he is very interested to learn more.
- Many people admitted that having a ministry in the political arena seemed to be a foreign concept; some believed the church should not be involved in this area. However, they expressed that their eyes were opened after they heard the scriptural mandates and the biblical priority of ministering to political leaders.
- The CapMin approach to do ministry rather than political activism such as that practiced by the Religious Right in years past, resonated with many people.
“We were glad to place in the hands of each attendee a letter of welcome from Ralph Drollinger, the book “Rebuilding America,” a flyer describing Capitol Ministries and a brochure that describes our Local Government Ministries. Each of these pieces is a powerful tool that radiates this ministry God has established,” said Pastor Hanson.
Capitol Ministries asks prayer partners and supporters to pray that God will bring the right people to establish more ministries to political leaders. Please pray, too, for upcoming conferences: Detroit, Michigan, May 9; Los Angeles, California, May 10; New York City, New York, May 11; Columbus, Ohio, May 23; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 25.