Local TNPN Leaders Look Forward to Partnering with Pastors Around the Country to ‘Stand in the Gap for Truth’
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square, is welcoming a new state pastors network to its growing organization.
This week, APN will launch the Tennessee Pastors Network (TNPN, www.tnpastors.net); a carefully selected group of pastors in Tennessee who are joining together to “Stand in the Gap for Truth.”
“We are thrilled that the American Pastors Network is growing through the new Tennessee Pastors Network,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, who is also President of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastors.net). “We know that pastors there will be an invaluable support to one another as they engage their congregations to stand for truth and freedom and effect true change in the culture.”
Leading the Tennessee network as its president will be Pastor Dale Walker. He and his wife serve a small church in rural Tennessee and have a heart for servant leadership, missions, helping struggling families and are active in jail ministry. Walker is also outspoken regarding the role of Christians in today’s world.
“Pastors around our state are already excited and energized to be a part of the American Pastors Network,” Walker said. “We look forward to partnering with APN to ‘stand in the gap for truth,’ especially in light of the biblical and constitutional principles that have been compromised over the past few weeks. There has never been a more important time for churches and pastors to engage in the culture and truly serve as salt and light.”
Walker accepted the call to salvation at the age of 9 during a revival meeting in Tennessee at the church his grandfather founded and pastored. He was blessed to grow up in a Christian home dedicated to biblical truths and under the ministry and mentoring of his grandfather.
This foundation of leadership, values and a strong work ethic led him to embark on an entrepreneurial business career that allowed him to creatively use his gifts to provide for his family, and have the freedom to minister to the needs of others. Walker enjoys the flexibility of being a bi-vocational pastor.
He is passionate about challenging the church to examine their lives and live as light and salt in a sinful world. Walker feels very strongly that the church should be congruent in every aspect of its ministry and finances and he has taken a strong stance that the church should not be “halfway holy” in such a critical time and provide things honest in the sight of all men.
In 2014, APN announced a more concerted effort to grow its state pastors’ network initiative through a plan to welcome pastors in all 50 states who will serve as State Network Organizing Representatives. The ultimate goal is to develop free-standing state chapters of pastors and leaders in each state by the end of 2016.
These state networks will focus on their particular states and carry out the mission and purpose of the American Pastors Network, which include:
Identifying, encouraging, equipping and educating pastors and church members to “Stand in the Gap for Truth;”
Being a voice for truth and an advocate for pastors in the public square by providing Bible-based and constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy; and
Strengthening the biblical relationship between pastors and elected officials through various private and public meetings for prayer, study and policy discussion.
Current chapters are already doing the important work of providing timely, in-state leadership on issues impacting local families and congregations. Examples of their efforts include speaking out in the defense of marriage and standing up for religious liberty.
TNPN and APN offers pastors numerous online resources that help clergy choose sermon topics and find information for other church ministries. With some free and some paid resources, topics include marriage, abortion, apologetics, creation, the culture war, economics, education, the environment, history, homosexuality and Islam, along with many others.
The Tennessee Pastors Network encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on TPN, visit its Facebook page or call 931-260-5301.
TNPN is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a non-partisan basis.
The American Pastors Network is the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of scripture; who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy; who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders; and who are mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process on a non-partisan basis. For more information on APN, visit www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net, its Facebook page or follow APN’s Twitter feed, @AmericanPastors. Those interested in forming a chapter in their state may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Pastors Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide). APN’s daily short radio feature, “Stand in the Gap,” airs on more than 40 stations, and the American Family Radio Network airs the one-hour “Stand in the Gap Weekend” on 140 additional stations nationwide. A live one-hour program launched in 2015, “Stand in the Gap Today,” airs on several Pennsylvania radio stations.
To interview Pastor Dale Walker from the Tennessee Pastors Network or a representative of the American Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.
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