Our Program Focus
Faith and Action accomplishes its mission through building personal relationships with individuals serving in government, engaging in private and public conversation and debate, distributing Scripture and informative materials and staging special events such as panel discussions, symposia, news conferences, seminars and prayer, worship and preaching services. We also use the media, electronic communications, the Internet and the pulpit to disseminate our message. Faith and Action believes in and works hard to build strong alliances with all like-minded individuals, groups, religious communities, churches, organizations and institutions.
The following are the “four pillars” of Faith and Action’s missionary outreach in the Nation’s Capital:
This unique conference is the ONLY pro-life prayer and preaching service held each year within the US Capitol Complex. Held on the anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on demand in America, the National Conference for the Pre-born gathers hundreds of religious and political leaders, pro-life activists, and people of faith into the US Capitol to let their voices be heard in support of the sanctity and dignity of human life.
A unique outreach in Washington, DC, the US Capitol Bible Reading Marathon brings together members of congress, civic and religious leaders, and people of faith from across the nation to read aloud the entirety of the Bible on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Each May, this celebration of God’s word begins on a Sunday evening and culminates on the National Day of Prayer.
As the sound of Holy Scripture reverberates around the Capitol Building, this powerful witness rests on the promise that God’s Word does not return to him void but accomplishes the purpose for which He sent it.
Every year on the National Day of Prayer, the missionary team at Faith and Action leads the ONLY public prayer service held on the grounds of the US Supreme Court. Historically, it was illegal to pray on the steps of the highest court in America, but Faith and Action Lead Missionary, Rob Schenck, along with Faith and Action ally, Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, challenged the prayer prohibition and prevailed.
Now, on the National Day of Prayer, pastors gather with Faith and Action to pray for the Justice. We ask that God’s grace and wisdom will guide them in their deliberations and the decisions they make.
Every November, Faith and Action stages the only Live Nativity scene to process in front of the US Supreme Court. Our purpose is two-fold: First, we want to publicly bear witness on Capitol Hill to the Truth that Christmas is the celebration of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ – God becoming flesh and dwelling among us; secondly, Operation Nativity serves to remind people of faith across that nation that if we can stage a creche or nativity scene in front of the highest court in the land, they can also stage nativities in front of government of public buildings in their own communities.
For too long, secularist organizations like the ACLU have bullied civic leaders into believing that ANY public display of faith is a violation of the concept of the separation of church and state. We are here to remind all that any private individual or organization, by securing the proper permits, can erect a Christmas display that will bear witness to Christ and the miracle of His birth.
In addition to our Four Pillars, Faith and Action also engages in our Congressional Easter and Christmas outreaches. Every year, Faith and Action presents all 535 members of Congress (435 representatives and 100 senators) with the Gospel message through a token gift, a Gospel tract, and a personal letter from Rob Schenck reminding our national leaders of their responsibility to God as well as to our nation.
Personal ministry visits with top government officials: Often, Faith and Action lead missionary Rob Schenck is often called upon to pray with or provide spiritual counsel to some of our nation’s leading public figures. Because of the need for complete trust and discretion in those relationships, we do not discuss them publicly. Please pray that God will continue to open the unprecedented doors of access and ministry opportunity we currently enjoy on Capitol Hill.
Other standing projects of Faith and Action include Keeping CHRIST-mas at the US Capitol; Rob Schenck’s ongoing pulpit ministry – motivating and mobilizing God’s people to pray for our nation and its elected and appointed leaders; and the National Prayer Network which includes distributing the Faith and Action Capital Prayer Guides across the nation.