Equipping Christian Leaders For Effective Public Service
The Statesmen Academy trains Christian men and women called to public service with the knowledge, skills and temperament necessary for successful policy-making. Christian legislators can feel alone in today’s hostile political environment, but through the Statesmen Academy, they are united in fellowship with likeminded legislators from across the nation dedicated to fulfilling God’s calling and focused on making an impact for generations to come.
At Family Policy Foundation (FPF) — the sister ministry of Family Policy Alliance — our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. The Statesmen Academy was established in 2016 to advance this vision by seeding the political system with well-trained Christian, pro-family legislators who will lead their states and our nation with integrity.
Today, elected officials with Judeo-Christian values face a combative media and political environment. Politicians who hold traditional moral values — especially those who aspire to higher positions — encounter tremendous pressure to compromise and shed their principles. As a result, many do — and many more tire from the pressure and leave public office.
We believe this can change.
There is a Better Way
“Politics as usual” will change when promising political leaders…
The Statesmen Academy provides pro-family legislators early in their career with the training, mentorship, support 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 FPF.
Family Policy Foundation-trained statesmen are equipped with Christian worldview and America’s founding principles, wisdom from experienced statesmen and public relations professionals, and in-depth knowledge of hot-button policy issues. They are educated in the political art of prudence and civility, unwavering principles and passionate, respectful advocacy.
Statesmen Academy Director, Amanda Banks, shares how she discovered the importance of the Statesmen Academy first hand.
“Through the Statesmen Academy, God is going to be honored and His will is going to be done.”
Director of Statesmen Academy
The Statesmen Academy Journey
QUALIFICATION & SELECTION
Statesmen Academy candidates are referred by allies, FPF staff, Statesmen Academy alumni or senior elected officials in their state. Legislators early in their career are identified based on their Christian witness and character, record of advancing pro-family policies, and potential for future leadership. Candidates apply to the Academy through a written application and references. The Statesmen Academy director conducts research and interviews prior to admission.Submit an Application
TRAINING & GRADUATION
The Statesmen Academy is held one week each summer at locations across the country. Participants receive training on our nation’s founding and Christian worldview, “profiles in courage” of proven statesmen and women, practical training from political leaders, current policy discussions and media training. Graduates become part of the Statesmen Alumni Community through which they receive ongoing training and resources including model legislation, talking points, research and polling, and media interview preparation.See Sample Academy Agenda
FELLOWSHIP & COMMUNITY
The Academy is designed to create graduates bonded in an enduring fellowship of mutual encouragement and accountability, spiritual strength, and political wisdom. The Statesmen Alumni Community provides an ongoing exchange of ideas, best practices and lessons learned. Alumni celebrate together and weep together; they cheer for each other and pray for one another. A private Facebook page, monthly e-newsletters, policy calls and periodic alumni events help facilitate this community.Learn More About Alumni
“I’ve been learning politics over the past year in the school of hard knocks. The Statesmen Academy was finally a place of Biblical training that I have been yearning for. Thank you so much for all you did and are doing in Christ’s name.”
REP. MARK JOHNSON, MINNESOTA
“My experience at the Statesmen Academy was transformative. I spent a week with fellow leaders from across the country, prayed with them and learned how to effectively communicate our shared beliefs. I was given practical advice on how to continue to walk in faith as I work in the State Legislature with dignity. I was given the tools to not only stand firm, but to be assured that I stand with many as we fight for our families and our faith. I will forever be grateful to have taken part and to be an alumna of the Statesmen Academy.”
REP. BARB WASINGER, KANSAS