Christians have a responsibility to promote cultural and spiritual transformation, University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley told pastors and church leaders at a UMobile Center for Leadership conference in Montgomery, Ala.
“We (the church) must consider change. The influence of the culture of Jesus Christ in the affairs of our nation is declining rapidly. We need to address the character of our nation that is more identified with greed and self-entitlement than with the character of Christ,” Foley said.
“There’s a risk involved, but there is a nation at stake. Church as usual is losing this nation,” he added.
Church and community leaders gathered in Montgomery April 30 for the conference “Pastors, the Pulpit, & The Moral Crisis of Our Time.” The conference aimed to promote the spiritual and cultural restoration of America through providing practical information designed to empower congregations to become more engaged in the difficult issues facing society.
Dr. Joe Savage, director of the UMobile Center for Leadership, said, “This will be an ongoing effort of engaging church leaders and encouraging them to be the leaders in their communities, as well as in their churches.”
During the keynote address, Foley spoke about the Christian’s responsibility to promote cultural and spiritual transformation.
“If nothing changes, the idea that Christianity once influenced the affairs of this nation will be a rapidly receding and quaint memory in 50 years,” Foley said.
Church leaders were also encouraged to embrace their God-given assignment to reach their communities with the gospel and character of Jesus Christ in order to promote cultural and spiritual transformation of the nation.
Savage and church, business and civic leaders spoke on a variety of topics regarding the church’s role in promoting the health of our nation. Topics included the foundational tenants of a God-honoring government, voting according to Christian values, a Christian perspective on the separation of church and state, education reform and the role of grassroots organizations.
The conference concluded with a time of prayer led by Savage.
“This nation won’t change until we pray,” said Savage. “This nation needs to find true freedom, and true freedom comes from God.”
The Twelve23 Movement and the UMobile Center for Leadership exist to revitalize Christian faith and character in America by the year 2020. The Twelve23 Movement is working to bring national attention to the goal of helping leaders in a variety of professions fulfill their responsibility to God as American citizens.
For more information about the University of Mobile Center for Leadership or the Twelve23 Movement, visit www.twelve23.org
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