Groups We Track

The TAEP project exists to track American evangelical political group discussions of policy, politics, and current events.

What is an “evangelical political group”?  We vetted many groups.  In the end, we arrived at a list of groups that are either explicitly evangelical or are faith-based political groups closely followed by evangelicals.  We have groups with broad agendas and some with a narrow set of issues.  Some identify with the Christian Right.  Others are part of the emerging religious left.  Below is a hyperlinked list of the groups we are tracking, along with a brief description from the group’s Web site.

Albert Mohler Program “Weekly talk show devoted to engaging contemporary culture with the biblical truth … Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.”

Alliance Defense Fund “The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.”

American Center for Law and Justice “The ACLJ is specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center’s purpose is to educate, promulgate, conciliate, and where necessary, litigate, to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”

American Family Association “AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.”

Americans United for Life “Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts state by state since 1971.”

Center for a Just Society “Our mission is to advance and defend Judeo-Christian principles of human dignity and social justice in law, policy and the public square. We seek to improve the quality of life of our nation’s citizens through research, education and advocacy aimed at assisting lawmakers, the media and voters in building and sustaining a just society.”

Center for Moral Clarity “The Center for Moral Clarity (CMC) is a Christian grassroots organization that advocates for public policies based on biblical principles. Rod Parsley, senior pastor of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, founded CMC in July 2004 to carry on the great tradition of involvement of Christians in the public square.”

Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) “The mission of CBN and its affiliated organizations is to prepare the United States of America and the nations of the world for the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a time in history when ‘the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.’  In achieving [this] mission [the] chief method is the strategic use of all forms of mass communication and the conduct of education that will train the young and old to understand how the principles of the Kingdom of God relate to those spheres of human endeavor that play a dominant role in our world.”

Chuck Colson and BreakPoint “BreakPoint is the worldview ministry of Prison Fellowship Ministries. [Its] mission is to seek the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. BreakPoint provides a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends via radio, interactive media, and print.”

Concerned Women for America CWA is “the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 30-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens — first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.”

Democrats for Life “Democrats for Life of America exists to foster respect for life, from the beginning of life to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia. Democrats for Life of America is one of over 200 member organizations of Consistent Life: an international network for peace, justice and life.”

Ethics and Public Policy Center “Founded in 1976, the Ethics and Public Policy Center is Washington, D.C.’s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy. From the Cold War to the war on terrorism, from disputes over the role of religion in public life to battles over the nature of the family, EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend the great Western ethical imperatives — respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government.”

Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Richard Land “The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention that is dedicated to addressing social and moral concerns and their implications on public policy issues from City Hall to Congress. The SBC is the largest non-Catholic denomination in the country with over 16 million members.”

Evangelical Environmental Network “The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize Christians in their effort to care for God’s creation, to be faithful stewards of God’s provision, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment.”

Evangelicals for Social Action “Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) is a community of Christians committed to living out their walk with Christ holistically — that is, with the whole of their lives.”

Faith in Public Life “Faith in Public Life is a strategy center advancing faith in the public square as a positive and unifying force for justice, compassion and the common good. … Faith in Public Life identifies and creates moments of opportunity, builds and supports broad coalitions, and designs and implements innovative campaigns, bold initiatives and capacity-building tools.”

Family Research Council “Family Research Council (FRC) was founded in 1983 as an organization dedicated to the promotion of marriage and family and the sanctity of human life in national policy.”

Feminists for Life “Promotes a feminism with a pro-life stance emphasizing nonviolence.”

Focus on the Family Action “Focus on the Family Action is a cultural action organization that is completely separate from Focus on the Family, legally … It will provide a platform for informing, inspiring and rallying those who care deeply about the family to greater involvement in the moral, cultural and political issues that threaten our nation.”

Institute on Religion and Democracy “The Institute on Religion and Democracy is an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, to contribute to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.”

Liberty Counsel “Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.”

National Association of Evangelicals “The mission of the National Association of Evangelicals is to extend the kingdom of God through a fellowship of member denominations, churches, organizations, and individuals, demonstrating the unity of the body of Christ by standing for biblical truth, speaking with a representative voice, and serving the evangelical community through united action, cooperative ministry, and strategic planning.”

National Right to Life Committee “The National Right to Life Committee was founded in 1973 in response to a United States Supreme Court decision released on January 22 of that year, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy … The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide.”

Relevant’s “Reject Apathy” Campaign and Politics news.  A magazine covering “God. Life. Progressive Culture.”

Sojourners “Founded in 1971, [Sojourners’] mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.”

Traditional Values Coalition “Traditional Values Coalition is the largest non-denominational, grassroots church lobby in America. Founded in 1980, by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman, TVC has sought to empower people of faith through knowledge…With an emphasis on the restoration of the values needed to maintain strong, unified families, Traditional Values Coalition, focuses on such issues as religious liberties, marriage, the right to life, the homosexual agenda, pornography, family tax relief and education.”

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One Response

  1. Have you looked at the Center for Public Justice? This is a politically moderate evangelical “think tank” that has produced a lot of quality work:
    See http://www.cpjustice.org.

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