At a recent conference, I was discussing best practices in pastor outreach with some colleagues. It soon became clear that their best success came from small Hispanic and Asian churches. “Why?” I asked.
They responded flatly. “The bigger, whiter, Evangelical churches don’t want to be political.”
It’s not hard to understand why it is such a challenge to bring pastors into the political process. Pastors are on-call 24/7. They are simultaneously counselors, teachers, mentors, discipliners, chief executives, and fundraisers. That’s a full plate.
Furthermore, the intersection of Christianity and politics can be a messy place. It is hard to stay up-to-speed on local and national issues, to say nothing of deeply understanding those issues and discerning whether and how biblical principles come to bear upon them.
And, of course, there is also a lot of misunderstanding about what pastors and churches may legally say and do.
I admit, part of me likes the idea that smaller, minority churches are our best partners. Isn’t that just the way Jesus worked? With the unlikeliest, least powerful people in the community?
Still, without taking for granted a single ally, we will attempt to connect with every church in Kansas. Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is not asking pastors to do things for us; we want to serve them. Our desire is to build relationships with church leaders, listen to their needs, and then meet them. My colleague, Robyn Essex, is devoted full-time to this important task.
How can we serve your church? If there’s a way, please point us in the right direction. Email Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.