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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: Capitol Commission’s mission is to provide a pastoral presence in the capitol communities of our nation. In these communities we purpose to reach every person with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to disciple them, and prepare them for a lifetime of ministry in whatever arena God chooses to place them.

Results: Our state administrators (ministers) are active in 23 states and we are working with people in other states to establish ministries in their capitols. We have also attended conventions of major denominations, the Shepherd's Conference, ALEC, ERLC and other state meetings of citizens.

Target demographics: State legislators, their staffs, and lobbyists who work in state capitols.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of legislators, staffs, and lobbyists throughout 23 state capitols through Bible Teaching, Prayers, and ministering.

Geographic areas served: Twenty-three state capitol buildings

Programs: Bible studies for legislators, for staffs and lobbyists. Election Eve Prayer Walks. "Pastor's Commission to the Capitol."

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Having heard Don Gardner, leader of Capitol Commission recently, I am well convinced he is truly a serving man of God. I was so impressed when he shared how he stands at the doors of the galley during legislative sessions so he can be available day in and day out to minister, encourage and pray with our state leaders. This has been SO VALUABLE to our leaders as they testify about the terrible bullying and ugliness that can take place on the floor along with trying to convince immoral issue votes to be changed. God Bless Don and his sacrifice to this ministry and to our leaders.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of the Capitol Commission. Jim Young, the state ministers and all others involved truly have a heart for the Lord and count it a blessing to serve our nation's many capitol communities. My hope and prayer is that God will enable us to place ministers in all 50 states.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having known of Capitol Commission for several years, I would like to commend this nonprofit for the work they are doing in state capitols across the nation. The pressures and temptations of those in various leadership positions,as well as of their families, are immense. Capitol Commission chaplains come along side leaders to give spiritual support and encouragement. I have met many leaders who have been served by CC chaplains, and they are quite grateful for the chaplains' efforts in a culture of trust and confidentiality in this often lonely environment of public service. Having met many of those who serve in Capitol Commission, I am impressed by their integrity, knowledge and wisdom. I volunteer with the Indiana chaplain, however I have access to social media that serves leaders nationwide. These leaders state they are always grateful for any prayers and support they and their families receive. With very high respect for this nonprofit, I believe that the results of Capitol Commission's efforts will be evident for many generations to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, an Indiana legislator was our neighbor, and we enjoyed getting to know him and his wife as we helped with campaigns for the past 14 years. While in high school our oldest son served as a personal intern for another legislator during two legislative sessions at the Indiana Statehouse. As a family we took an active interest in state government and became acquainted with even more legislators and helped with various other campaigns. Instead of being intimidated by those in authority, we discovered that they are real people with many of the same challenges that we all face. Those in leadership often face additional pressures both professionally and personally from being in public positions. Capitol Commission chaplains provide a tremendous ministry to elected officials as they build a culture of trust, care, and confidentiality. We have seen Capitol Commission's work close-up in the ministry of Rev. Matthew Barnes at the Indiana Statehouse. Capitol Commission state directors/chaplains do invaluable nonpartisan work by being available and "on call" for leaders daily and in times of joy and sorrow. Capitol Commission directors have a special ministry to carry out the mandate of 1Timothy 2 both in prayer and in service to elected leaders locally and nationwide. They are becoming a very positive and visible ministry which calls our nation to serve and pray for elected officials.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First, I thank God for CC leadership and those that make it continue to minister to public officials in local, state and national leadership for our nation.
Second. I believe that all citizens must engage themselves in Prayers with their financial support to keep CC going. It could be CC is the only frame work God has provided to unite our politicians to make good decisions for nation.
I personally vote and pray for leaders in our nation regardless of their political stand. I also pray for international leaders of foreign nations-------whose decisions affect our national security.
It is my prayer that God will continue to give us men and women of good character. I and others travel to the nations of the third world to provide civic education to their citizens for the purpose to vote for issues that affect their daily lives. Third world leaders affect USA in our foreign policy.

David269

Donor

Rating: 5

Capitol Commission is fulfilling a strategically important role of providing pastoral support to public servants who are engaged in visible and high-pressured leadership roles that are often accompanied by ethical dilemmas, physical and financial hardships and stress on families. CC provides a context and avenue for prayer, wise counsel and encouragement for these politicians. Based on numerous firsthand testimonies I have heard, I believe investing in the ministry of CC makes a positive difference for these men and women.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just want to say thanks to Capitol Commission for all that they do for our country, I live in the GA and to know that our state Representatives believe in doing GOD's work keeps me praying for our state leaders every day. GOD Is in the center of everything, GOD's ways are not man's ways.. let's seek him first in all that we do. T.HALL

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As one who loves my country and shares a keen interest in politics, I am so blessed to serve alongside one of Capitol Commission's State Directors in Indiana. What I appreciate about Matthew Barnes and this organization as a whole is their vision to reach our country's leaders with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their emphasis is not political party or agenda but on ministering to the needs of public servants and encouraging believers to pray for them. The impact here in the Indiana Statehouse has been far-reaching! Through teaching weekly Bible studies, organizing statehouse chapel services, meeting one-on-one with our legislators, and calling on churches to pray, I have seen first-hand how this Gospel emphasis is changing lives. Capitol Commission is fulfilling one of the greatest needs in our country: taking Jesus Christ and the message of the cross into the heart of our nation's capitols. I whole-heartedly support their efforts and greatly appreciate they sacrifices they make to invest their lives in this calling.

2 Pamela45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Capitol Commission is a unique ministry because it is aimed at giving spiritual encouragement and support to politicians, whatever their party affiliation. Its work to generate prayer support for these dedicated people is growing exponentially, and gives people a positive, as opposed to the usual negative, way to be involved in the legislative process. As a naturalized citizen of the USA I am honored to be a part of this ministry and a part of my adopted land's democratic process.

Pam Russell

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate this organization who introduced me to an organized way to pray for my legislators. Because I receive notices on Facebook, I regularly pray for whichever legislator comes up for that day. THANK YOU Capitol Commission for keeping this on the forefront of my mind.

1 Anna51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My brother is following his call to serve his country by praying for our political leaders. I'm extremely proud of the man he is and I look up to him spiritually. I love you Matt!