December 3, 2009
Capitol Commission recently completed its first annual training and planning session in Raleigh, NC (Nov.16-18). The session consisted of three full and wonderful days of fellowship, encouragement, instruction, and vision casting. On Tuesday morning Pastor Carey Hardy shared a devotional from Psalm 3 entitled “How to respond in hard places.” On Wednesday morning Pastor Jim Harmeling led us in a study of James 1:13-18. The emphasis was upon how to resist temptation to sin when encountering hardships. What a blessing to have these gifted pastors and friends teach the Word of God to us. Both of these men are pastors of churches that support the North Carolina ministry, and Jim Harmeling is a member of Capitol Commission’s national Board of Directors.
As I write this update it has been a mere seven weeks since the birth of Capitol Commission. It would surely be a challenge to thank all the people who have brought us to where we are. However, I especially want to thank two good friends who have helped me with a multitude of tasks. Dick Harris is treasurer, secretary, and chairman of the national Board of Directors. He faithfully identifies the details I often miss. David Dagwell has served well in his role as assistant state director for North Carolina. Currently, he has been asked to complete nearly everything I cannot complete, and he does a better job than me. He accepted nearly all the responsibility for coordinating our planning and training session and deserves much thanks.
The pictures below were taken at the North Carolina state legislative building. There are sixteen present state directors pictured and one new state director, in addition to a few of their assistants.
Prayer with NC Senator Neal Hunt.
State Directors. Bottom row, left to right: Don Garner (Texas), David Reidenouer (Pennsylvania Assistant), Jeff Lingerfelt (South Carolina), David Andersen (Virginia), Paul Meinsen (Missouri), Shaun Lewis (Illinois). Second row, left to right: Ron Bigalke (Georgia), Larry Mason (Virginia Assistant), Jim Young (North Carolina), Aaron Dogotch (Minnesota), Jason Palermo (Arkansas), Dave DePue (Kansas). Third row, left to right: Matthew Barnes (Indiana), Tim Pauley West Virginia), Jonn Paul (North Dakota), Brent Alderman (Maryland), Frank Erb (California). Top row. left to right: Bob Lewis (Pennsylvania), David Cleveland (Arkansas Assistant, Dan File (Colorado and Wyoming). Missing: Dave Dagwell (North Carolina Assistant).
I realize most of you receiving this update are especially interested in what the ministry in NC is accomplishing. With all that has occurred over the last seven weeks, I ask humbly for your patience through this transition. Even though I have the new responsibility, as President, to guide our national ministry, we intend to maintain a continued effective presence in our state, Please faithfully pray for us, as the opposition will be strong. Moreover, please consider giving financially to the NC ministry, and a special “thank you” if you are already doing that. You can donate online at our new website at www.capitolcom.org, or you can send a check to Capitol Commission, P.O. Box 63118, Charlotte, NC 28263-3118. For help with praying for your NC legislators, please visit our prayer website at www.ncprays.com.
For those of you interested in how the national ministry will appear, and how it may be different from the ministry with which you were familiar, the following brief summary may be helpful.
The session we just had together was an important time for us to ask some questions of ourselves. It was a time to set the course for the present and the future of this new ministry. Although all of the present state directors have been ministering in their Capitol communities for between 2 and 10 years, there was not a unanimous answer to the question, “who are we?” And even more importantly, “Who would others say we are?” I shared my thoughts as to what I believe the answer to those questions ought to be. I suggested that who we say we are should be the same as how others perceive us. What we perceive ourselves to be should be who we truly are. I believe Paul provided the answer to these questions in his letter to the Corinthians: Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). We are to be servants of Christ and trustworthy stewards of the mysteries of God (gospel). Earlier in his letter, we observe Paul's teaching with regard to how we are to present ourselves and our message: And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).
As we watch our nation and its churches progressively abandoning the truths found in Scripture, and our legislators making laws contrary to biblical values, we must focus our attention, our energy and our resources on proclaiming Jesus Christ and His gospel to the decision-makers of our nation. Those who represent Capitol Commission are committed servants of Christ and proclaimers of Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We faithfully teach the Bible, making disciples of those whom God has called to Himself. In His timing, through the power of the Holy Spirit, men and women will become new creations in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). If God chooses to once again bless this nation, it will be because its leaders are honoring Jesus Christ and His word.
Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers and financial support.