Over 100 Pastors from many parts of Texas attended the 2017 Texas Pastor Policy Conference held Thursday, February 9 in Austin and were informed, inspired and challenged by all they heard from the great lineup of speakers. The program started off with Houston pastors who stood so strongly and led God’s victory over the ungodly agenda to destroy His design of marriage, family and even sex/gender and a showing of the trailer for “A Time to Stand” documentary. Lt. Governor Patrick was outstanding and unequivocal in his commitment to protecting women and children equally across Texas through SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act. Senators Lois Kohlkorst (SD 18) Paul Bettencourt (SD 7) and Bob Hall (SD 2) as well as State Rep. Mike Schofield (HD 132) addressed issues such as local ballot measure reform, protecting Texas’ electrical grid from terrorism and limiting HOA’s regulations over religious signs and symbols on homeowners’ properties.
Rev. Rafael Cruz, Dr. Rick Scarborough of Vision America and TXPC president Rev. Dave Welch charged the pastors on the scope of what we must to do in each of our communities around the state to turn up the light, and as necessary the heat, from the grassroots level into the Capitol. Attorney General Ken Paxton gave an overview of his actions to defend religious freedom in Texas and Allan Parker of the Justice Foundation provided excellent information about School Choice legislation (Education Savings Accounts, SB 3) to bring reform and redemption to the government school monopoly.
“I realize we pulled the proverbial “three pounds of sausage in a one pound wrapper” and somewhat like drinking from a fire hydrant, but we really only scratched the surface of what is going on at the Capitol so tried to give pastors as much as we could in a brief amount of time,” said Rev. Welch.
Pastors were encouraged to go back to their communities and launch a local Pastor Council to better organize to provide critical grassroots support not only on key legislative issues but to have a greater Biblical impact on local issues as well.