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While we are working toward the day every legislator knows and feels confident confiding in at least one Bible-believing pastor we realize, as a pastor, you already do a lot. If you want to influence the laws of our state but feel maxed out, we’re bridging the gap. The CAN Newsletter will educate you on legislation, encourage you in your faith and share practical tools for helping your congregation engage in the culture for God’s glory. 

When Moral Insanity Prevails
What do we do when moral insanity prevails? It is happening right now all around us to some degree, and in some places, to a great degree. Consider what is happening in California. Legislation has been passed that may cause a parent to lose a custody case if they do not affirm a child's gender transition
A Sorrowful Day
When Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization brought the issue of abortion back to the states on June 24, 2022, Wisconsin reverted to its pre-Roe abortion ban. Praise God that for over a year abortion facilities here couldn’t perform abortion on demand!
School's Back in Session--and So Are We!
Wisconsin is back to school! Many churches around Wisconsin launch back-to-school initiatives during the month of September. The Church Ambassador Network initiative of Wisconsin Family Council is excited to announce our Back to the Capitol initiative.
A Big Vision
How big is your vision? How big should it be? Good questions to ponder, right? At Wisconsin Family Council, our vision is “a Wisconsin where God is honored, life is cherished, families thrive and religious freedom flourishes.” By any standard, that’s a big vision. Some might argue it’s too big. But consider this: When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He told them they should pray that God’s Kingdom would come, and that God’s will would be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
Football Season Is Here!
Fall is one of the most exciting times of the year around our office. Between the Packers, Badgers, and high school football, we always have something to talk about. Last weekend, we saw the conclusion of the Packers pre-season. The Wisconsin Badgers launch the Fickell era with the college football season opener this Saturday. High school football is already in week three of action.
Learning From the Heartache
Like us, no doubt your heart is heavy and your shoulders droop when you get news of the moral failure of someone in ministry. Recently an acquaintance, formerly in ministry, was imprisoned for sexual assault of a minor. Even more recently an evangelical pastor in our state has been accused and charged with a similar crime. The families and ministries need our prayers, to be sure.
WI Government Update
The Capitol is normally quiet for the summer after the state budget is signed in late June. This year has been similar except for the Supreme Court. We don’t share the following update to be political, but to update you on what is happening and on how you can pray.
Would You Consider This?
We hope that you value the ministry of Wisconsin Family Council in our state. As it happens, there is no other statewide organization whose mission is strengthening, preserving, and promoting God's design for marriage and family, the sanctity of human life, and religious freedom. Our Church Ambassador Network initiative is the only ministry in Wisconsin directly connecting pastors and churches to governing authorities to advance God's kingdom as we minister to them as a person, a shepherd, and a community partner. Our LEAD Wisconsin teen ministry hosts the only camp in the state focused on equipping the next generation with a biblical worldview. Our feet are planted solidly on the truth of God's inspired, infallible, revealed Word on these matters.
Three Institutions
Last weekend, I (Daniel) led a trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum with my local church. The trip gave us an excellent opportunity to teach young adults the importance of Genesis 1-11.
Two Brief Updates
Yesterday Daniel and I visited the office of one of our state Democratic representatives. Sadly, the representative, with whom we have had several good meetings, was not able to attend. But his staffer met with us and the two Madison pastors who were with us, and we had a very good meeting.
LEAD WI is Underway
The week we’ve all been waiting for is here! Thank you for your prayers and support of our LEAD Wisconsin camp ministry. We’re excited to have 126 campers this week. Please join us in praying for these campers throughout the week. Last night we hosted our evangelistic service with Pastor Matt Friese. Today the campers are preparing for press conferences on the bills they are supporting and opposing. On Wednesday, we go to the Capitol for public hearings. Then on Thursday, we finish up with our worldview sessions with Carl Kerby with Reasons for Hope. We complete camp on Friday when the campers go to the Capitol to debate and vote on their bills.
Happy Independence Day!
We hope you have a great July 4! As we reflect on the freedoms we enjoy in America, let us not forget those who have paid the ultimate price to defend our liberties and those who even now are doing so.
Are Your Families Equipped?
We encourage you to join us for our “Lunch with a Purpose” webinar tomorrow featuring Daniel Weiss and Joshua Glaser. They recently wrote the book Treading Boldly Through a Pornographic World: A Field Guide for Parents.
It’s a Pornographic World
The problem of porn is very real and is not limited to the culture outside our churches. It is a problem inside our churches. New technologies have made access to porn incredibly easy for virtually anyone. While most who access it do so intentionally, it also has a way of showing up when people aren’t looking for it. And then they get hooked. Not even pastors are immune to the allure of porn. What are we to do?
The Elephant in the Room
Recently I (Daniel) attended the Sexuality Integrity Leadership Summit to find ways we can help equip churches like yours on issues of sexuality. One of the largest issues in our churches today is sexuality; however, many pastors and churches do not feel equipped to address it. Psychology Today claims “more than 90 percent of young men report watching porn videos with some regularity.” This is definitely "the elephant in the room" today.
What was that date again?
Oh yes, June 26, 2015. A day that will live in infamy. Our US Supreme court decided it knew better than dozens of states, a great deal of social science research, and God Himself, declaring that marriage between members of the same sex should be the law of the land.
Memorial Day Reflection
We hope you had an excellent time of rest and reflection during this Memorial Day weekend. While we are a day past Memorial Day, a brief review of the history of this national holiday is still instructive. Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day when General John Logan called for a National Day of Remembrance for fallen Civil War soldiers 155 years ago. After World War I the holiday transitioned to commemorate all military members who fell in battle. In 1950, President Truman issued the first proclamation calling on all Americans to observe Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. This practice continues today. You can read President Biden’s Proclamation on Prayer For Peace HERE.
Seeing Accurately
It isn’t always easy to see things accurately, but fear can be clarifying. Fear of death, for example, can help clarify priorities. Fear in the midst of natural or man-made disasters can teach us humility by reminding us how little control we ultimately have over our environment.
Capitol Update
Last week we hosted our Pastoral Advisory Committee in Madison. This spiritual advisory group has pastors from throughout Wisconsin representing multiple evangelical denominations and fellowships. These pastors serve us by speaking into the Church Ambassador Network initiative, giving insights into our biblical principles’ papers on issues such as life, education, and criminal justice and on how we can more effectively advance the gospel at the Capitol.
Why Do We Do This?
Perhaps it is good to pause for a minute periodically and ask ourselves an important question: Why do we do this? For example, most of the pastors we know are busy, hard-working individuals with many demands on their schedules and their gifting. So why do it, especially when there are days when the work seems so thankless?
First Anniversary
Today marks the first anniversary of the Dobbs decision leak. I (Daniel) remember sharing the news with my pastor minutes after Politico published the article. As you may know, our organization made national headlines just days later. On Mother's Day, May 8, 2022, our office was firebombed for our pro-life beliefs and work. Sadly, following our attack, over 100 other pro-life organizations and churches across the country have been attacked.

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