Biblical Worldview

General Assembly Pages And Interns Needed

General Assembly session is quickly approaching, which means The Family Foundation is in the midst of important preparations. One of the critical elements of our preparations includes finding student interns and pages to assist our legislative team in our advocacy work in our Richmond office. Both our intern and page programs offer students a valuable opportunity to experience the activities of a General Assembly session firsthand. There will be unique opportunities to observe legislative committee meetings, floor sessions of the House of Delegates and Senate, and much more. Candidates for the intern and page positions must have a pro-life, pro-family perspective on social issues and a Biblical worldview of the roles of politics, government and the church. The Family Foundation's 2013 General Assembly team will begin session work Monday, January 7 and conclude Friday, February 22. Those desiring more information, or those interested in serving, should contact Jessica Cochrane by phone at 804-343-0010 or by e-mail at Jessica@familyfoundation.org.

Intern Program (College)

Interns assist staff in actively monitoring legislation, attending General Assembly committee meetings, research and writing, assisting with our Virginia Stands for Life prayer walk and rally, and helping with social media and video projects. Candidates for this position should be available at least two full days per week, but preferably more. The optimal candidate for this position would be organized and self-motivated, able to work without constant supervision, and have some skill in research and writing. Both credit and non-credit internships are welcome. Parking is provided and housing can be arranged if necessary.

Page Program (High School)

Pages are responsible for the efficient maintenance of information within The Family Foundation's General Assembly Operations Room and information exchange between The Family Foundation and the members of the General Assembly. Pages assist Family Foundation legislative staff in the accomplishment of their daily tasks, delivery of information to the General Assembly building, and administrative responsibilities in the development department. Pages are encouraged to work at least two (half or full) days per week. The more days a page is in the office, the more he or she will learn and experience.

You Prayed. You Voted. Now What?

We have received several phone calls in our office from individuals wanting to know what they can do in the aftermath of the election because they want to make a difference, but don't know where to start. As the results of last week's elections continue to sink in, I know many of you are beyond disappointed. The sense that we "did everything we could" but didn't taste victory is discouraging. But I'd like to say that you and I have nothing for which to be ashamed.  Our principles are the only hope for our nation.

If we want to see real change in this nation, it begins with transforming hearts and minds. And that's up to us. This is not an overnight process — it begins with you talking to your friend, who talks to another friend, who talks to another friend. Change begins here, right in our backyard. One man cannot singlehandedly accomplish the renewal of our nation; rather, change begins locally. When you start talking to those around you, I think you'll be surprised to learn how many in the pews next to you or in the homes next door to you did not vote on Election Day according to what God values. This goes back to changing hearts and minds, one by one. Would you be willing to join us in this effort?

If so, the following is a list of action items (some small and easily achievable, others more challenging, but will produce visible change) that you can take to get involved to change hearts and minds:

  • Pray for Your Legislators: Commit to praying daily for your local, state and federal elected officials. Send them a letter telling them that you will be holding them up in prayer and petitioning God for wisdom for them as they serve the people.
  • Visit Your Pastor: Set up a meeting with your pastor and talk to him about the importance of teaching Biblical worldview and civic responsibility. Challenge your pastor to considering bulletin inserts about the sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, the role of government, religious liberty, or why Christians should get involved in government. Additionally, introduce The Family Foundation to your pastor so we can be sure to provide him with free, available resources from our pastor network.
  • Meet your legislator: Now's the time — before they get to Richmond — to go and meet your state delegate and senator. If you don't know who they are click here to find out, and meet them. They want to hear from constituents! And they work for you.
  • Host a Dessert: Invite 10-20 of your friends/neighbors to your house for dessert and a Family Foundation representative will come and share about The Family Foundation and how to get involved and make a difference in government. Help us change hearts and minds one person at a time. Call The Family Foundation about details of how to arrange this (804-343-0010).
  • Sign up for E-mails: Forward this link to your friends and/or share it with them on your social media networks, and ask them to sign up for our e-mail alerts. During the General Assembly we will keep you up to date on legislation that seeks to advance our values that needs immediate action (conveniently connecting you to your legislators asking them to vote correctly). It is the quickest, most direct way to learn about legislation that is about to be voted on in the fast paced General Assembly legislative calendar. You can't rely on the Mainstream Media to inform you! In past years, we've seen just one e-mail or phone call make a difference in how legislators vote — don't underestimate your influence as a voter!
  • Capitol Event on January 9: Mark January 9, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on your calendar to join us for a special day at the Capitol. Commit to bringing 10 friends with you. This event will serve to educate you on the battles facing us right here in Virginia as well as provide you with specific action items for how you can get involved.
  • Volunteer: The Family Foundation always has projects we need help with. Contact Marie (804-343-0010 or Marie@FamilyFoundation.org) for more information.

Thanks for considering how you can get involved and make a difference for our future.

TFF "Fans" Show Need To Stay On The Ready To Defend Culture Of Life

Every now and then we get some hate mail — believe it or not. People and organizations that stand for truth often take heat. That comes with the territory when active and visible in the public square. It's a sign of success. Secular and progressive opponents don't pay attention to people who aren't defeating them or advancing Biblical worldview principles. So, while the digital age is great in that it gives people the extraordinary ability to disseminate information to a wide audience instantly and frequently with relatively little effort, it also allows opponents to see what you do and reply in kind — and often with venom. But it is instructive to see the other side in hysterics. It shows that no level is too low for them and that they will stop at nothing to maintain a culture of death. It shows what we're up against and that we must constantly be ready to redouble our efforts. If you haven't liked us on Facebook (see our new Timeline page) or follow us on Twitter, please do. If you have, spread the word. Share our blog links and Facebook updates, and retweet our tweets. You're not only getting others to follow us, but promulgating needed and useful information to combat the bias we see in the Mainstream Media and the misinformation from our opponents that it willingly swallows.

So, while not as bad as what some legislators receive, you can see an example of the vile directed at us in the tweet below, complete with abbreviations best left unexpounded upon. It isa screenshot from one of our Twitter "followers" who tweeted it last week (click here's to see the original). As you can see, the pro-abortion left reserves unto themselves the right to be crude to its opponents, but whenever we engage in legitimate debate on the issues, we're "waging war on women."

 

Upcoming Pastor Briefings

Pastors For Family Values invites you to be . . .

Salt and Light in the Public Square

Should Christians influence their government for good?

Does a Biblical worldview lead to a conservative or liberal position?

Why should it matter to me as a pastor anyway?

The Family Foundation and Pastors For Family Values will present several Pastor Briefings across the state this summer and fall to address these and many more questions about the role of the church and civil government. We are excited to present Dr. Wayne Grudem, Research Professor at Phoenix Seminary and author of Politics According to the Bible and Lt. General Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army, Ret.), ordained minister, former commander of the U.S. Army Delta Force and author of Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey To The Crossroads Of Faith And Freedom, as they present information that will both inspire and motivate you to make a difference in the culture around you.

These events are free to pastors and breakfast or lunch will be provided. Please mark your calendars and save the date for the location nearest you. Contact Roger Pogge at 804-343-0010 or roger@familyfoundation.org for details or to RSVP.

» Tuesday, August 30, Dr. Grudem, Norfolk/Virginia Beach (location TBD), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Registration and breakfast 8:00 a.m.

» Wednesday, August 31, Dr. Grudem, Newport News, World Outreach Worship Center, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Registration and breakfast 8:00 a.m.

» Thursday, September 1, Dr. Grudem, Roanoke, First Baptist Church, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Registration and breakfast 8:00 a.m.

» Thursday, September 22, Gen. Boykin, Martinsville, (location TBD), registration 8:00- 8:30 a.m., briefing 8:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast provided.

» Thursday, September 22, Gen. Boykin, Danville, (location TBD), registration 11:00- 11:30 a.m., briefing 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch provided.

If you are not a pastor, and your pastor is not aware of Pastors For Family Values or these events, or think your pastor would be interested in one of these briefings, please forward this link to him. As a preview of what you can expect, click here to see an interview with General Boykin with CBN News, about his career, which included commanding the ill-fated Iranian hostage rescue, Desert One.

Family Foundation Seeking Interns And Pages For 2011 General Assembly Session

The Family Foundation is preparing for the upcoming General Assembly session, which means we currently are in search of student interns and pages who can assist our legislative team in our advocacy work at the capitol. Both our intern and page programs offer students a valuable opportunity to experience the activities of a General Assembly session firsthand. There will be unique opportunities to observe legislative committee meetings, floor sessions of the House of Delegates and Senate, and much more. Candidates for the intern and page positions must have a pro-life, pro-family perspective on social issues and a Biblical worldview of the roles of politics, government and the church. The Family Foundation's 2011 General Assembly team will begin session work Monday, January 10 and conclude Friday, February 25. Students desiring more information or those interested in serving as interns or pages should contact Jessica Tseng by phone at 804-343-0010 or by e-mail at Jessica@familyfoundation.org. Here's more information about each position:

Intern Program (college students)

Interns assist staff in actively monitoring legislation, attending General Assembly committee meetings, research and writing, assisting with our annual Lobby Day, and development projects as needed. Candidates for this position should be available at least 2 full days per week, but preferably more. The optimal candidate for this position would be organized and self-motivated, able to work without constant supervision, and have some skill in research and writing. Both credit and non-credit internships are welcome. Parking is provided and housing can be arranged if necessary.

Page Program (high school)

Pages are responsible for the efficient maintenance of information within The Family Foundation's General Assembly Operations Room and information exchange between The Family Foundation and the members of the General Assembly. Pages assist Family Foundation legislative staff in the accomplishment of their daily tasks, delivery of information to the General Assembly Building, and administrative responsibilities in the development department. Pages are encouraged to work at least two (half or full) days a week. The more days a page is in the office, the more he or she will learn and experience.

Next Truth Project November 6 In Newport News

The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, is pleased to offer our next The Truth Project® group leader training Saturday, November 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Newport News at the World Outreach Worship Center, 1233 Shields Road. The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. This dynamic training event will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders.

Click on the image to register today using our secure form.

Truth Project

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So, don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and is only $50 for students who present a valid student ID at the door. The cost includes entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. For more information about The Truth Project®, visit www.TheTruthProject.org.

If you would like to bring a Truth Project training to your area, please  contact Roger Pogge at 804-343-0010 or e-mail at roger@familyfoundation.org.

Last Truth Project Training Dates Approaching

Here's a reminder of the two remaining Truth Project training seminars: One is in Fredericksburg on Saturday, September 11 and one in is Newport News on Saturday, November 12. You do not have to live in the immediate areas to attend. In fact, people often travel from out of state for these engaging and intelligent workshops, and there are nearby accommodations if you need to stay overnight. As these will be the last Truth Project seminars anywhere in Virginia for quite some time, we hope you'll consider attending to the one nearest you, or to the one on the more convenient date.

Truth Project

The seminars are dynamic training sessions that prepare people to lead the Truth Project's innovative small group curriculum, which imparts a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. It has been called "Dynamic, "Inspiring" and "Transformational." The events are open to everyone, especially pastors, small group ministers and church leaders.  

For more information, please click here.

New Truth Project Training Dates Set

The Family Foundation is putting together two more group leader training sessions for Focus on the Family's The Truth Project®. The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. This dynamic training prepares people to lead the innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. It has been called "Dynamic," "Inspiring" and "Transformational." The events are open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders. The next session is in Fredericksburg on September 11. Following that is one in Newport News on November 6.

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life. We hope you sign up today (click here). Here are the details:

Saturday, September 11

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by Calvary Christian Church

2222 Jefferson Davis Highway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Saturday, November 6

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by World Outreach Worship Center

1233 Shields Road

Newport News, VA 23608-2062

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and only $50.00 for students with valid student identification at door. The cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. Registration is available online using our secure form (click here). For more information, visit TheTruthProject.org or call 804-343-0010.

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Truth Project Coming To Richmond Area

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The Family Foundation's on-going series of Truth Project group leader training events around the state makes its next stop in Richmond on Saturday, June 5. We've held similar sessions in the western and eastern parts of the state already, but if you missed them, and are interested, make plans to come to Richmond and join Christians from around the capital area. The event is hosted by Hope Church, at 12445 Patterson Avenue, in the west end of Henrico County. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 12:30 p.m.

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. This dynamic training event will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders.

Truth Project

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study, so don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple and only $50 for students (present a valid student id at door). The cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD.

You can register online using our secure form (click here) or call 804-343-0010 for more information. Walk-up registration also is welcome if it comes down to a last-minute decision, so feel free to register at the door, which opens at 8:00 a.m. For more information about The Truth Project®, visit TheTruthProject.org.

Truth Project Coming To Martinsville

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We previously announced a Truth Project group leader training event, in association with Focus on the Family, in Roanoke on March 20. Now we are able to announce one for the Martinsville area we well. It will be on:

Saturday, April 10

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by First Baptist Church of Collinsville

3339 Virginia Avenue in Collinsville

For more information about this training event, click here (times, etc., apply to both events). For more information about The Truth Project itself, click here. To register online using our secure form, click here.

The Truth Project small group training event is a dynamic experience. It will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. It is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders. Please take the time to read about The Truth Project and event particulars. We are sure you will find the event, as so many others have, inspiring and transformational.

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The Truth Project: Do You Really Believe That What You Believe Is Really Real?

That's a loaded question. But it's one The Truth Project wants you to be able to answer. So, you’re invited to experience this dynamic, inspiring and transformational event — not a random description, by the way, but one used repeatedly to convey what The Truth Project is.

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project® is a DVD-based small group study that practically and personally introduces viewers to the truth claims of God. Now, The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, is pleased to offer another The Truth Project® group leader training. 

This dynamic training event will prepare you to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders. We invite you to sign up today:

Saturday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by RENEWANATION at Parkway House of Prayer

3230 King Street, Roanoke

Truth Project

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple; only $50 for students (present a valid student id at door). The cost includes entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD.

Walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Even if it’s last minute, you are welcome to just come!

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So, don’t miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Click here to register online using our secure form.

Share this exciting event with a friend. Click here for a print-ready flyer.

For more information about The Truth Project®, click here to visit its Web site.

In God We Trust Conference This Saturday Features David Barton, Standout Speakers

While we battle here at the General Assembly to ensure that our commonwealth's public policy reflects the eternal values our forefathers enshrined in the constitution, a Richmond church will host a conference to remind folks of exactly that history. This Saturday, February 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., you have the opportunity to attend the In God We Trust Conference at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. The conference's speakers include:

» David Barton, Founder and President of Wallbuilders

» Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist's Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

» Steven McDowell, co-founder of the Providence Foundation and President of its Biblical Worldview University

» Craig Parshall, the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for National Religious Broadcasters

Rarely are all of these great leaders in one place and this conference is not simply to remind you of the Biblical worldview of our Founding Fathers, but also to address the issues facing the church today. To help with this goal, we invite attendees to learn more about The Family Foundation and how to put their worldview to work for their family and their faith. Join us Saturday by purchasing your ticket, then stop by our table and say hello.

Group Leader Training For The Truth Project

Dynamic. Inspiring. Transformational. These are just some of the comments from those who have experienced Focus on the Family's The Truth Project®, a DVD-based small group study that practically, and personally, introduces viewers to the truth claims of God.

The Family Foundation, in association with Focus on the Family, is pleased to offer The Truth Project® group leader training in Virginia Beach.

This dynamic event will prepare participants to lead this innovative small group curriculum, imparting a Biblical worldview into the lives of others. The event is open to everyone, especially small group ministers and leaders — and you're invited as well!

Truth Project

For more information about The Truth Project®, click here.

So, sign up today and share this exciting information with a friend! It takes place Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach. 

To regisgter online, click here.

You can only get The Truth Project® DVDs by attending a training event or by completing the 13-week study. So don't miss this great opportunity. It may very well be the most transformational four hours of your life.

Registration is $99.00 per individual or couple. Cost includes the entire 8-disc DVD curriculum with Leader Training DVD. Group discounts are available. Walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m. So even if it's a "game time decision" you are welcome to attend!

One Step Toward Making A Difference

The Christian life is a calling to make a difference. This is true during placid times. It is especially true during challenging days. We live during an age when our culture needs revitalization. As we have traveled the commonwealth in recent weeks, speaking to groups of pastors all across Virginia, there has been one point on which everyone has agreed — people in our churches do not have a strong Biblical worldview. In other words, not enough of those attending church are grounded in God's Word enough that it makes a difference in their lives. God principles are not being applied in every area, including political decisions. 

For real change to take place in our culture, real change has to take place in the church — one transformed life at a time. Unfortunately, because most members of evangelical churches are not well versed in God's truth principles, many are easily misled by charismatic leaders — whether religious or political. The impact on our culture is devastating, and the church is complicit. In a postmodern culture where moral absolutes are scoffed at and dismissed, defending God's truth is a full-time battle. The issues we work on at The Family Foundation — sacredness of human life, marriage, religious liberty and the rest — cannot be understood without a comprehensive Biblical worldview.      

Into that void has come "The Truth Project" from Focus on the Family. This incredible 12 week DVD small-group study is sweeping the nation and providing foundational truth principles in an interactive, enjoyable, educational format. People who have experienced this series testify to its life changing power. Now, Focus on the Family is trying to make it easier for people to become trained so they can teach this great program in their community. It has scheduled a live Truth Project simulcast training event for Saturday, September 27. Normally, training seminars require travel and an entire weekend. Through the simulcast, however, you can find a local church that is carrying the feed and participate close to home in only one day. Or, perhaps, ask your church if it would be willing to host a simulcast.

We urge attendence at this training; the more who do, the more who can teach The Truth Project in homes and churches. This truly is a program that can transform lives — and thereby change our culture for the better.

Here is a list of the numerous churches in Virginia that are hosting the simulcast. You can click on the links in each box for more information about those specific workshops as well as click here for more general information:

Abingdon: Abingdon Bible Church Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Abingdon Bible Church
Chesterfield: Southside Nazarene Church Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Southside Nazarene Church
Glen Allen: Mt. Vernon Baptist Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Mt. Vernon Baptist
Manassas: Manassas St. Thomas Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Manassas St. Thomas
Richmond: Grove Avenue Baptist Church Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Grove Avenue Baptist Church
Stafford: Ebenezer United Methodist Church Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Ebenezer United Methodist Church
Stafford: Stafford County Christian Church Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Stafford County Christian Church
Virginia Beach: New Life Providence Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 New Life Providence
Williamsburg: Williamsburg Community Chapel Find Tickets Now!
Saturday, 9/27/2008 Williamsburg Community Chapel

The Truth Project

In a world where relativism reigns, defending God's truth is a full-time battle.  Unfortunately, even most members of evangelical churches are not well versed in God's truth principles. A widely publicized Barna Research study found that less than 10 percent of evangelicals have a Biblical Worldview.Into that void has come Focus on the Family's "The Truth Project." This incredible 12-week DVD study is sweeping the nation and providing foundational truth principles in an interactive, enjoyable, educational format.  Now, Focus on the Family is trying to make it easier for people to become trained so they can teach this great program in their community. So it has scheduled a live Truth Project Simulcast Training Event, Saturday, September 27. Normally training seminars are out of town and require an entire weekend. However, because this seminar is conducted through a simulcast, you can find a local church that is carrying the feed and participate closer to home. Perhaps your church might even be willing to host a simulcast.

Super early-bird registration is $99 for an individual or $149 for a couple through June 30. The regular cost is $119 individuals. Special bulk pricing also is available.

We like to bring to your attention special, worthwhile events, whether they are directly affiliated with us or not, such as the free screening of the movie Bella and the How Would Jesus Vote Tour, when they come to our attention. This certainly is one of those. It truly is a program that can transform lives. This training will allow you to teach The Truth Project in your home or church. 

For more information, click here for The Truth Project Web site. To view a six minute trailer about The Truth Project, click here. We hope there are those out there who will take advantage of this great opportunity.