Dr. James Dobson’s two-day interview with Ralph and Danielle Drollinger about Capitol Ministries’ mission to teach God’s Word to elected and appointed political leaders has been chosen as one of Family Talk’s “Best of 2018” radio programs.
“We received such a strong response from our listeners the first time we aired it that we are delighted to feature it once again,” a Family Talk spokesman told Capitol Ministries.
There’s a hunger and thirst among America’s political leaders for a “high-protein diet” of the Word of God, and Capitol Ministries is delivering that every week through in-depth, exegetical Bible studies in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries, told Dr. Dobson in the on-air interview.
“God is doing something here!” Dr. Dobson said.
In its 22 years, CM has begun ministries in 42 states and more than 24 foreign nations and lately, Drollinger said, there has been tremendous growth in foreign ministry plantings, most recently in several Latin America countries.
Dr. Dobson asked the Drollingers why Capitol Ministries’ mission was to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the political arena of the world rather than hammer home the once-popular Evangelical methodology of lobbying lawmakers for better laws.
“We can’t expect men and women in office to vote right if they reject the Author of the book that we live by,” explained Danielle, who once worked in the Public Policy department of Dobson’s Focus on the Family ministry.
“You just can’t, you have to start at the heart of the matter which is the heart of the man and the heart of the woman. Good laws come from good hearts, bad laws come from bad hearts.”
An historic Evangelical expositor, for one year Ralph has been teaching the book of James in three separate Bible studies that he leads every week in Washington, D.C. to Members of the White House Cabinet, U.S. Senators, and Representatives.
In addition, the Drollingers hand-deliver written Bible studies to people who have requested them in 150 offices on Capitol Hill.
World-wide, every week an estimated 50,000 people receive the written studies in five languages via email.
A long-time friend, Dr. Dobson threw a good-natured jab at Ralph, saying: “Now, assure me that you’re not giving what we call ‘thin soup’ to these people.”
Ralph assured Dr. Dobson that he was not and joked that repeated attacks by atheist groups and liberal press indicated he was teaching the whole counsel of God.
Ralph explained he learned “exegetical precision” at the seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree, and that he was taught to think in terms of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Exegesis is the critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially Scripture.
“Jesus says, ‘Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you,’ and Paul, in the book of Acts, addresses the Ephesian elders who come down to the port city of Miletus to visit him while he’s hurrying back to Jerusalem,” Drollinger said. “He started the Ephesian church, spent three years there. He says, ‘I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.’
“So those two passages really inform my ministry philosophy, that I need to be about the blocking and tackling every week of preparing a high-protein diet, Word of God, that’s not only exegetically drilled-down deep but has a custom application to the life of a public servant. And when you do those two things, there’s not a whole lot of stuff out there like it.”
“If you don’t have a good pastor, Bible teacher in the capitol community, these guys can be deflated within one session,” Drollinger said, explaining that the lives of political leaders are extremely stressful; they are away from their families, communities, church, and pastor for months at a time while they are being bombarded with constant pressures and temptations.
Fifty-two of the best among the hundreds of studies that Drollinger has written have recently been published in the four-part book, Oaks in Office: Biblical Essays for Political Leaders.
The essays are exegetically deep and have a custom application to the life of a public servant, investigate current events through a biblical lens, and help the believer grow in maturity and faith, among other topics.
“I’m hoping God will use these to make disciples in city government ministries throughout the nation which America sorely needs because most of the guys in D.C. come from state capitols, and most of the guys in state capitols come from local city government.
“There are 40,000 incorporated cities in America, and virtually none have outposts for Christ, so, we’re trying to utilize Oaks in Office as the fodder to develop disciples amongst the political people group as they emerge and start their career path.”
“And we hope that this becomes material that a local layman in his own city would use to disciple a couple of city council members.”
We invite you to tune in this week to hear about how political leaders are hungering for the Word of God and the progress Capitol Ministries is making in building sustainable, discipleship ministries for them in the United States and around the world.
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