Jesus camps: Pastoren rüsten für den Glaubenskrieg – churchandstate
Umschulung in Jesus camps: Pastoren rüsten für den Glaubenskrieg – churchandstate
Some 300 evangelical pastors convened in Orlando, Florida, Friday with a single goal in mind: To learn how to adapt their preaching and outreach skills for the pursuit of political office. Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, himself an ordained Southern Baptist minister, was slated to the give the keynote address.
The event, part of a national workshop series, is an effort to encourage and mobilize at least 1,000 evangelical Christian pastors to seek government office in 2016 in order to promote conservative ideals and traditional biblical values.
Founded by activist David Lane, who describes himself as an evangelical „political operative,“ the workshops are called Issachar Trainings, named after an Israelite tribe described in the Bible as one comprising men „who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.“ The trainings are just one prong of Lane’s American Renewal Project, which aims to inject American politics with a dose of conservatism through various routes.
„Somebody’s values are going to reign supreme“ in the United States, Lane told National Public Radio. „We want people with our values to represent our values and interests in the public square, be elected to office, and represent our issues.“
Lane, who is tight-lipped about who funds his initiatives, added in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network that the „skills of a successful politician are the same skills of a successful pastor.“ The workshops help translate those skills by offering practical tools and tips for entering the political sphere. ……