By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
With a culture seemingly by some as turning its eyes away from its creator more and more, they see a country also getting further away from its traditional values.
Many churches are making an effort to bring God back into everyday society, and one local church, along with three of its satellite campuses in Colorado, is looking to help people to do the same.
Church For All Nations’ Influence Colorado Culture Impact Team started as the brain child of Mark Cowart, the senior pastor at CFAN’s Northeast campus in Colorado Springs, to get more people involved in the political process.
“Get away from apathy and just thinking it’s somebody else’s job,” explained CFAN Liberal Pastor Darren Metcalf.
Metcalf said Cowart simply wanted people to just seek out and find positions in their local communities.
“Get involved with school boards, PTAs, parent teacher organizations, city council, county commissions,” Metcalf said.
He added America has seen what a culture of apathy leads to, and the nation is in need of a change.
While the group is called Influence Colorado, the meetings are broadcast to the Liberal campus as well, and Metcalf said the local church will likely have its own group as well.
“Influence Colorado is what it is,” he said. “It’s because they’re wanting to do it there locally. Ours can be Influence Kansas, Influence Seward County, whatever we would like to and as far as we would like to take it.”
Metcalf said what the group basically boils down to is getting involved physically in the political process and learning what can be done to support a campaign.
“You don’t necessarily have to run, but it’s also finding out how you can support candidates and just become more informed,” he said.
Monthly meetings take place each month live from the Northeast campus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mountain time, with the broadcast to the Liberal campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. June’s meeting will be taking place Tuesday, June 3.
“There’s no age limit,” Metcalf said. “This is the country that we have been given, and we need to take care of it.”
There will, however, be no online viewing available.
Metcalf said meetings will often times feature speakers that motivate and answer questions from those on hand. The speaker will likewise give scenarios about different issues that are being faced at all levels – local, state and nationwide.
“It gets into specific strategies where they’ll break apart into smaller groups to talk about the relevant topic that is discussed that night,” he said.
Metcalf said Liberal’s Culture Impact Team has yet to be given a specific name, but he said he is leaning toward Influence Kansas.
“We can do our part for Kansas,” he said.
Metcalf said the CIT groups are ongoing, and further dates will be announced.
“We usually have them a full month in advance, so you can be able to plan on those,” he said. “We can publish those and get those out to folks.”
Metcalf said in addition to Cowart, other speakers include state and U.S. representatives and lobbyists.
“It’s not just from a religious standpoint,” Metcalf said. “It’s equipping anyone who is wanting to get involved. The church is just hosting it.”
This month’s topic of discussion is family, and Metcalf said past subjects have included judicial and legislative branches of government.
“They’ve just really been trying to get a ground swell of people educated about the process and the need that’s out there for people to get involved in any level that they’d like,” he said.
The event itself is not just for members of CFAN, but all church goers and non-church goers alike.
“Anyone is welcome,” Metcalf said.
As for how big of an impact the CIT groups will have, Metcalf said the biggest influence will come from people getting involved and staying involved. This, he said, goes back to Cowart’s principal concept for the team – not leaving a problem for someone else to solve. Metcalf said in this way, solutions become a shared responsibility.
“It’s not our responsibility to do it all, but it’s our responsibility to do our part,” he said. “Some people have a more prevalent role, but all the parts are important.”
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