Purpose & Mission
Our Threefold Purpose
1. Serve God. We aspire to a United States and a world in which citizens, particularly Christians, take their civic responsibilities seriously as a service to God, until the kingdom of God comes in its fullness.
From the beginning, God has called men and women to serve him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Yet we live in a broken, unjust world in which citizens, political leaders, governments, and nongovernmental institutions are marred by sin. In reconciling the world to God, Jesus Christ frees us from sin's bondage. Through faith in Christ, we are restored to God's service in all areas of life in families, churches, schools, the workplace, charitable organizations, and politics. Citizenship and government are not evils to be avoided but gifts of God for our good. The Center's foremost purpose is to serve God by obeying his call to do justice.
2. Advance Justice. We aspire to a United States and a world where governments carry out their high calling to do justice to all citizens, institutions and communities.
God's call to do justice extends to the whole world. To respond to that call, we must recognize the manifold and distinct responsibilities within human society. Justice requires giving to each its due. Different kinds of responsibilities belong to families, worship communities, schools, businesses, voluntary organizations, and governments. God has ordained government for the unique purpose of establishing public justice. The Center's aim is to advance justice by advocating the proper exercise of government's authority to uphold the common good.
3. Transform Public Life. We aspire to a United States and a world where citizens and leaders work together to shape public life for the good of all, both nationally and internationally.
God's call to do justice requires that we respond with concrete deeds of service. As Christians we are called to do more than accommodate the conventional approaches of conservatives, liberals, and pragmatists. Instead of merely supporting individual rights and brokering special interests, governments should recognize and protect all of society's diverse institutions. Many American laws and institutions are positive achievements. Yet much in our political system needs to be reformed. The Center's objective is to transform public life by working to:
- establish the proper relationship between government and nongovernmental responsibilities in society, and
- uphold equal access for and treatment of all faiths in the public square.
Equip Citizens. Through its publications, speeches, and programs, the Center inspires citizens with a Christian perspective and equips them with tools for civic responsibility.
Develop Leaders. Through its leadership development program, the Center encourages citizens with talents for public service, nurtures public officials, and honors model public servants.
Shape Policy. To help shape policy, the Center conducts research, crafts proposals, and advocates reforms. Staff members advise public officials, submit briefs in court cases, and educate the public about new policies.