That means that in order to win, we have to do more to identify, educate and mobilize others who think like we do. And to make the best use of our time and leverage our existing relationships, it makes sense to spend some time focusing on organizing in churches.
Importance of Political Organization in Churches
1) Churches are where the conservatives are
The statistics don’t lie. Conservatives are more likely to attend church than liberals. Very conservative individuals attend more frequently.
If you want to look at it from a partisan standpoint, all you need to know is that Romney beat Obama by 20 points among those who attend church at least once a week.
Again, it’s a matter of hunting where the ducks are.
There are hundreds of thousands of churches all across the country that bring their members together every Sunday, and they can have a tremendous impact when they are informed and motivated.
Sadly, people in most churches are little better than others when it comes to the basics of citizenship, such as registering and actually voting on Election Day. On average, only about half are actually registered, and about half of those that are will cast a ballot in most elections. Not a recipe for political success.
Given that the average race is usually won or lost by about five percent, the possibilities are obvious.
2) Organize with “Church Contacts”
In order to organize something, somebody has to be in charge, or else not much gets done. That’s where a church contact comes in. A church contact is simply someone whose job it is to serve as a point of contact between their church and outside conservative political groups and activity.
The three primary goals of church contacts are:
- To identify fellow conservatives
- Make sure they are registered to vote
- Keep fellow church members informed.
Since politics is cyclical, the activities that a church contact would focus on will vary from season to season. But whether it’s preparing for an election, or educating people on how to lobby those who have been elected, there’s always something to do.
Once somebody is actually in charge, things are more likely to get done – and people in the church know who to go to in order to stay informed or get involved.
3) Know what churches can and cannot do in politics
As I’ve mentioned before, there’s always a lot of confusion over what churches can and cannot do in politics. Of course a lot of this confusion is generated by liberals who don’t want to see churches dominated by conservatives get more politically involved. (Go figure)
The thing to know is that there is a LOT that they can do that most of them currently don’t do. Most of what pastors and church members hear about it being legally “taboo” is garbage.
Lack of knowledge leads to fear…and that leads to inactivity and ineffectiveness.
That said, it’s important to get informed and know the rules. So click here for the full list of What churches can and cannot do in politics.
Remember, politics is all about math, and our job is to focus on addition and multiplication. That means getting more conservatives involved – and churches are full of them.
Have any other thoughts or experiences with political organization in churches? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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