A Capitol Ministries team has been invited to share the vision of our Local Government Ministries with hundreds of Independent Baptist pastors who are gathering in southern California for the “Not Ashamed of Christ” Spiritual Leadership Conference.
Pastors from around the nation are attending the four-day conference Sept 18-21 at the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, CA to be “encouraged, equipped, and inspired to make a difference with the Gospel of Christ.”
CapMin is participating at the invitation of Pastor Paul Chappell, senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church where he has served since 1986. Pastor Chappell is also author, frequent speaker, and the founder and president of West Coast Baptist College.
“We are blessed to have been invited to participate in this conference and meet these dedicated and faithful men who desire to help grow God’s kingdom for Christ,” said Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries.
“We believe these pastors will be excited to learn about our Local Government Ministries (LGM) initiative to partner with local churches to establish Bible-study based ministries to city and county commissioners, mayors, city managers, and other local political leaders in their communities.
“This is vital mission outreach to take the Word of God to one of the most neglected mission fields in our nation today – public servants.”
“Dr. Chappell has been a personal friend of mine for decades and is a leading figure in the Independent Baptist Church movement. He has a passion for soul winning like few others, which I greatly admire.”
Drollinger will have an opportunity to tell the pastors about LGM. He will explain the biblical top-down missions strategy that CapMin employs to reach political leaders first with the Word of God. This strategy is found in many books throughout the Bible including 1 Timothy 2:1-4:
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This top-down mission strategy is the most efficient way of fulfilling the Great Commission.
Also participating will be CapMin LGM Global Director, Dr. Dan DeShong and Torrey Lewis and Keith Hill who have successful ministries to local leaders in Oregon and Texas, respectively.
The CapMin team will staff a large booth with two six-foot long tables that will be laden with brochures, copies of Drollinger’s books, Oaks in Office: Essential Bible Studies for Political Leaders, which is the curriculum for LGM Bible studies, and Rebuilding America: The Biblical Blueprint, which delves deeply into the biblical mandate, among other material. The booth will be flanked with CapMin banners including one depicting the image of distinguished statesman Rick Perry who encourages interested men to learn more about becoming a ministry leader.
“We are praying that LGM will be a refreshing ministry for these pastors,” said Dr. DeShong. “Across our nation pastors are becoming dismayed at the great divide in our country and how weak the church has become. Many are expressing concern about teaching the whole gospel. We pray that this ministry will offer the spark they need to light a fire in their hearts.”
While some pastors become involved with LGM, CapMin’s vision is for members of the church congregation, lay leaders, Sunday school teachers, retired businessmen, and small group leaders, among others, to establish weekly Bible study ministries to city and county public servants.
CapMin provides training, Bible studies, teaching material, and ongoing support at no charge.
The LGM model is based upon CapMin’s established, well-honed, and fire-tested methodology that has proved successful over more than 25 years in establishing discipleship ministries to legislators in state capitols, to national leaders in Washington, D.C., and political leaders at all levels of government in nearly 40 foreign nations.
To learn more about LGM and how to become a ministry leader, click here.
CapMin’s newest initiative, LGM was kicked off two years ago with a national recruiting campaign led by former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Advertisements placed in publications in which Gov. Perry asked why political leaders were neglected by the church as a mission field.
“How can we expect public servants who don’t know the Author of Scripture to write polity in keeping with His precepts?” Gov. Perry asked in the advertisements.
Governor Rick Perry’s appeal attracted hundreds of ministry leader applicants and is still attracting candidates. As a result, ministries to local leaders have been established in communities in California, Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Delaware, and Missouri.
CapMin is committed to working with local churches to establish discipleship ministries to the 500,000 local leaders in the 40,000 incorporated neighborhoods across the United States as well as in communities throughout the world.
Torrey Lewis and Keith Hill are two of the seven regional directors CapMin has appointed who will help recruit, vet, and mentor newly minted LGM Bible teachers.
We ask our prayer partners and supporters to join with us in prayer for God’s will in this effort, that the LGM concept will ignite a flame, and that a desire to minister to public servants would grow in the hearts of church leaders.