ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
August 12, 2019
This is a letter to our friends –
Some practical politics for churches
A few years back, we lived in a small town with small churches. We had races for Congress, State Assembly, and State Senate. Our church sent invitations to each of the candidates.
“Dear Candidate – Our Sunday worship service begins at 10:00 AM. Please introduce yourself to an usher. At the close of the service, you will be invited forward to introduce yourself to the congregation, answer their questions, and ask for their support.”
A few candidates took advantage of the opportunity.
Another project for our small church was a “Candidates’ Debate Evening”. We set aside a weeknight with three one-hour panels. Assembly, State Senate, Congress. We told the candidates they would be seated on stage with their opponents, else represented by an empty chair with their name on it. The panelists (candidates) would spend the first half hour questioning one another. The second half hour they would respond to questions from the floor. The panel was moderated by an impartial citizen.
All the candidates turned out! Our church offered the videotapes to the local cable networks and they were played publicly numerous times on the air. This is a great way for the church to serve the needs of their congregation and community.
This is a job for the laymen. The church staff has enough to do! Spring primaries are important! Best begin making plans now to avoid last minute glitches. Call me to discuss it if you wish.
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