Pray & Petition Beacon Hill
Dear Pastor and Faith-Based Leader,
We understand the challenges of leading faith-based organizations in today’s world. Know you are not alone. That is why Massachusetts Family Institute has launched the 200 for 200 initiative, so we can serve as a trusted partner, supporting and encouraging you with real tools and resources and inspiring stories as you work to make a difference in your communities and circles of influence.
We are instructed by the Apostle Paul to pray and petition all in authority:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for king and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”1 Timothy 2: 1-2
Learn how your church can be the Salt and Light and fulfill our God-given calling to engage in the public square.
About 200 for 200
Mission, Vision, Values
Across the country, we’ve found when God’s people engage with governing officials with the intent to simply serve them, truly good public policy can result. MFI’s 200 for 200 initiative exists to gather, inspire, educate, and equip the leaders of God’s people in Massachusetts to lovingly engage with the leaders of Massachusetts government for the sake of the common good.
To build a strong network of relationships between leaders of faith communities and leaders of local and state governments in Massachusetts.
That every Massachusetts community of faith rooted in orthodox Judeo-Christian values would actively engage in cultivating friendly relationships with local governing authorities.
Some ways to do this include:
- Acknowledging the challenges our lawmakers face and offering our support.
- The deliberate & regular inclusion of government officials in the prayers of the congregation, using the prayer vocabulary of that tradition.
- Friendly engagement with government officials by faith community leaders through acts such as invitations to coffee, lunch, community & family events, and spiritual wellness check-ups.
- Honor: We honor and respect governing authorities as ministers of governing institutions established by God (Rom. 13.1, 1 Peter 2. 13-14), regardless of the authorities’ political persuasions. We honor the reality that every government official is an individual on his or her own journey as it relates to knowing the Creator (John 17.3).
- The Kingdom: We believe the space created in friendship is a “Kingdom space” where God can move in the hearts and minds of elected officials, both to help them positively address societal problems and also to persuade them as to the goodness of God’s principles.
- Scripture: Trusting in the authority of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures and in the God whom they reveal, we believe that God’s people have the privilege and responsibility of modeling for all citizens both the character of God (His compassion) and His righteousness (His clarity) when engaging with issues facing society.
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