This November the future of our nation and our freedoms are at stake. We need leaders like you to encourage your congregation to vote and become active citizens to make a difference in this critical election.
Churches and pastors often assume that they must remain neutral or silent in elections and on public policy issues. This simply isn’t true. There are many ways pastors and churches can make a difference, including holding voter registration drives, distributing voter guides, hosting election forums, and even advocating on specific public policy issues!
As with all not-for-profit organizations, there are a few important legal rules you as a pastor must know before launching a church election or policy drive. We have created a special resource page specifically for pastors and churches on this issue. Our new resource page also includes video resources to help inspire your congregation to get out to vote!
Did you know?
In 2016, over 1 million Florida voters cast their ballots early (absentee or early voting) in the Presidential Preference Primary and in the August Primary. In 2012, over 50% of Florida voters voted before election day! Early voting is a growing trend, so be sure to share your election sermons early!
In addition to the great resources above, we are excited to announce several upcoming events for pastors:
FFPC President John Stemberger will be speaking at “What’s at Stake in 2016? And Why We Should Care,” a gathering specifically for Florida pastors, church and business leaders at First Baptist Church in Plant City on Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm!
The future of the church in America is in the hands of Christian voters. We must be informed and ready to make our voices heard at the polls. Hear a strategy for winning in 2016! Join us for a targeted leadership meeting focused on the very real dangers we face and strategic plans for mobilizing Christian voters. For more information, click here or call (813) 752-4104 to register for the event.
You are invited to 94.9 FM & 950 AM WTLN’s 10th Annual Pastors Appreciation Brunch from 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The keynote speaker will be Pastor Rice Broocks. Dr. Broocks is the author of ‘God’s Not Dead’ & ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ and now ‘Man, Myth, Messiah’. Reserve your seat now to what will surely be a ‘standing room only’ event. The event is free for pastors. WTLN only asks that you place a deposit to reserve your place, which will be refunded when you check-in that morning. Click here to register!
An Honest Discussion about a Difficult Election
Tues, October 4 at 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. | Windermere
The Florida Family Policy Council and Lifebridge church (formerly Harvest Bible) will be hosting a Pastors Conference and Community forum in Windermere on Tues, October 4 entitled “An Honest Discussion about a Difficult Election.” The pastors conference will focus on how you can guide your congregation in the Christian duty to vote, and the forum will focus on how believers are to choose to vote when the choices aren’t clear. The pastors conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the community forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Email [email protected] or call (407) 251-5130 to register for the pastor’s conference and/or the community forum. Online registration link coming soon!
You are invited to Faith Talk 570/910 WTBN’s 2016 Pastors Appreciation Day brunch from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the A La Cart Event Pavilion (4050 Dana Shores Blvd, Tampa, FL 33634). The guest speaker will be Bob Lepine, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife and co-host of FamilyLife Today. Worship will be led by Shalyah Fearing, from Season 10 of “The Voice.” Various seminars will be provided. Admission is free for Pastors, but you must RSVP in advance to secure your seat! Click here to register.