Training Statesman for Action

August 5
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Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join Christian leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C. at the Statesman Academy™, a project of Family Policy Foundation. We heard from US House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), US Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN), as well as 14 other members of Congress as they shared their hearts and experiences with men and women who serve in elective office.

Often stated at this gathering is our definition of a statesman, “A statesman stands for what is right, regardless of the personal consequences.” Family Policy Foundation of New Jersey has had the privilege of sending future leaders from our state to the Statesmen Academy in prior years.  They learned to stand for a bedrock set of principles that will not be compromised for personal or political gain. Robert Arace, Statesman Academy alumni, is currently running for mayor in Manchester, NJ.

That same week in D.C., nearly forty independent policy councils came together simultaneously for our own conference. We had in-depth panels and group discussions regarding policy initiatives and different strategies in blue and red states, how to build meaningful Christ-centered relationships with elected officials, and how to engage young conservatives on the importance of the family unit.

I left greatly encouraged and hopeful for what God is going to do in New Jersey. We are not alone in restraining the absurd and dangerous policies that are being debated in state capitals throughout this nation. This national alliance of organizations is stronger than ever before. Together, we are building an America where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Would you consider a gift to Family Policy Foundation of New Jersey to assist us as we equip likeminded believers to engage their culture?

Protecting your family,

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director