Statesmen Academy

The Statesmen Academy trains and equips elected leaders for effective public service to advance godly values in our states and nation.

What is the Statesmen Academy?

The Statesmen Academy was established by Family Policy Foundation in 2016 to seed the political system with well-trained Christian legislators to advance our vision of a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. Through your support, we accomplish this by providing pro-family legislators early in their career with the training, mentorship, and coordination necessary for effective, Christ-centered public service. It begins with a rigorous one-week training program and continues with a vibrant alumni community and ongoing partnership with Family Policy Foundation.

The stakes are high

Family Policy Foundation-trained statesmen are educated in the political art of prudence, civility, unwavering principles, and passionate, respectful advocacy.

Statesmen Academy graduates are trained & equipped to:

Promote legislation that protects life, defends the nuclear family and parental rights, and safeguards religious liberty

Stand effectively for your values in the media and public square

Push back against radical groups like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign

These results are dependent on the generosity of ministry partners like you. Your support is crucial to providing the Statesmen Academy each year and continually equipping alumni for success.


Transforming our government from the inside

How does the Statesmen Academy affect you?

Governors elected in your state set the course for you, your family, your religious liberty and your future opportunity.

State legislators introduce bills and resolutions and propose amendments that affect you, your family, your religious liberty and your future opportunity.

U.S. Senators elected in your state determine the federal judges confirmed to the courts, who then rule on laws that affect you, your family, your religious liberty and your future opportunity.

The Statesmen Academy equips these men and women—who will determine the future of our states and nation for decades, if not generations—to stand up for your family and your values.


Amanda Banks

Attended Statesmen Academy 2016, former Indiana state Senator, and current Director of Statesmen Academy

A word from our Statesmen Academy Director

“We live in a very divisive time, a very politically charged time, one in which our Christian values and traditional morality is being dumbed down or ignored all together.

“Men and women serving in elected office who have a Christian worldview are few and far between—and that can be a lonely place.

“When I served in the Indiana Statehouse, I remember wanting to speak out, knowing what was right on a policy topic, but feeling less sure of how to articulate it well.

“That’s where our Statesmen Academy comes in. We’re that resource that so many of these legislators are looking for—that they didn’t even know was available.

“Statesman Academy is not just a one-week training. Our Statesmen are continually resourced with the tools they need to be successful. They are given model legislation, talking points, media training, statistics and research—real things they can use in their offices to advance the goals and the values we all agree on.

“If [the graduates of the Statesmen Academy] are all pursuing these Biblical values through the work that they do, I think, ultimately, God is going to be honored and His will is going to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

“It is our aim that through the Statesmen Academy, God will be honored and His will done.”

Amanda Banks, Director of Statesmen Academy

Your support is crucial

The Statesmen Academy is held annually, and the number of men and women who want to participate continues to grow.

Your generous financial support will train up a vibrant community of statesmen equipped to transform our government from the inside! Gifts to Family Policy Foundation are tax-deductible.


Watch more of Amanda's story here.