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Center for Christian Civics
Empowering the church to be lamps on stands across the political spectrum.

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Develop a new approach to the public square.

When Christians who live in the US today submit the political and civic dimensions of our lives to the authority and discipleship of Christ, we'll be able to see three clear indications of growth:

  • Inexplicable political diversity in our deepest relationships in the church.
  • Inspirational civic responsibility in our day-to-day lives.
  • Radical partisan de-escalation in our hearts and minds.

The Center for Christian Civics has developed a suite of workshops that provide the vision, skills and resources for these goals to become realities in your community. These events are a safe space for anyone looking to investigate what it means to practice politics faithfully as a Christian living in the US.

If you're interested in bringing one of these events to your church, Bible study group, ministry, retreat or office, please fill out the form on this page. We will work with you to tailor the content to your audience's specific needs, but to make planning easy, we offer three broad topics we can use as starting points.

"As a pastor, you can know the Bible, know your people, know politics—and still not be prepared to shepherd a politically divided church. This course fills in that gap. It's not going to teach you the 'right' answers to divisive questions. It's going to teach you how to foster a biblical, loving, united community in your church, even when people disagree about politics."

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Recommended Classes

If you're interested in bringing us in for a workshop but you aren't sure where to start, we recommend considering one of these two events:

How to Behave in Public

This interactive workshop is our flagship class and the best way to start a gracious, Spirit-filled, Christ-centered conversation about politics and civic life in your church or ministry community. Through teaching, discussion, and a range of prayer and conversation exercises, we'll cover a basic understanding of the structure of the US government, what the Bible's commands for rulers and those in authority mean for us as citizens, the attitudes and postures Christians should all demonstrate in the public square,  why Christians of the same faith might disagree about politics, and the why and how of building deep fellowship with people who disagree with you. 

Ministering in a Polarized Nation

What do I say when a congregant asks me who to vote for? What do I do when they tell me and I disagree?

This seminar provides pastors and ministry teams with an in-depth overview of how to navigate Christian leadership in our modern political climate. Topics include a survey of major trends in political theology, the relationship between missiology and political polarization, and how to handle practical challenges you are likely to face as you support your brothers and sisters. By the end of this seminar, you will have a game plan for how to help your congregants talk with one another about the public square—and it will be one you are actually excited about!

Appropriate for new and experienced pastors, as well as seminarians, church staff and key lay leaders. Contact us for more details.

"I wish this seminar was available in every seminary! I think it's crucial for the next generation of ministers to think biblically and gospel-centeredly when it comes to engaging politics and the public square."

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If your community is facing very specific questions or challenges, one of these two workshops might be a good starting point for a class or event:

Turning Down the Heat

Is your congregation, ministry or surrounding community experiencing particularly acute political division? This two-hour class focuses specifically on how to start repairing church relationships that have been strained and tested because of political division. 

Christianity & Living A Political Life

Working in politics or public service means dealing with a unique set of stressors and challenges, including balancing idealism against career goals, staving off cynicism, sharing a Bible study with professional opponents, or finding rest when you're not allowed to turn off your phone. But anyone who works in or around politics can learn to carry their faith into their work in ways that go beyond mere partisan fervor. Classes on Christianity and living a political life are generally aimed at helping people who are "in the trenches" of politics, government and advocacy live out their faith in very practical ways.

 

Upcoming Events

Don't miss these opportunities to take part in some of these upcoming public Christian Civics events or workshops.

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