Churches may have closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the clergy have been very busy, however — especially a trio of evangelical pastors determined to rally the 25 million Christian voters who sat out the last presidential election. The Rev. Johnnie Moore, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and pastor Jentezen Franklin are co-chairs of “Our Church Votes,” a bold campaign to get out the faith vote for the presidential election on Nov. 3 as well as 100,000 other state and local elections.
“The strength of the effort is its simplicity,” says Mr. Moore, who was appointed Thursday by President Trump to serve on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
The new campaign offers ready-to-use online tools to help local pastors and their congregations mobilize “people in the pews,” get them registered to vote, and to the polls when the time comes. Their outreach includes “election prayer guides,” how-to plans for a “Voter Registration Sunday,” technology primers and promotional suggestions.
“We simply want to make it easier for churches to do what they know they should: tell their congregations to vote,” says Mr. Rodriguez, pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, California, and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference — a network of some 40,000 Hispanic churches in the U.S. and Latin America.