Some of the nation's top evangelical leaders will kick off a major three day pro-family summit Thursday evening to inform to empower Christian citizens to uphold conservative values.
Through the Family Impact Summit, conservative leaders hope to inform Christians about issues that will affect their ability to live out their values; ignite their passion to get involved by explaining the consequences if they don't; and train them on how to make an impact when they go home to their communities.
"Has there ever been a more critical time for Christian citizens to be informed and involved?" asked Terry Kemple, president of Community Issues Council, in a welcome video.
"The list of threats to our children, our families, even to our religious liberty has never been greater," he declared.
The Sept. 20-22 summit is presented by Community Issues Council, Family Research Council, Florida Family Policy Council and Salem Communications Tampa.
According to organizers, the most "critical issues facing our families today" include online predators, stem cell research, hate crimes, sex businesses, and homosexuality.
Pro-family speakers such as Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, founder of American Values; Dr. Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Bishop Harry Jackson, founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition; and Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family are among the more than 30 speakers participating in the event in Tampa Bay, Fla.
The summit features seven plenary sessions, nine unique panel presentations, debates featuring pro-con positions on critical contemporary issues faced by Christians today, practical grassroots workshops, and special praise and worship music.
Kemple describes the event as a "dynamic" weekend that can help concerned citizens make a "tremendous" impact on their communities.
"Together we can put Christian citizenship in action," he said.
Overall summit topics include religious freedom, life issues, racial reconciliation, Christian citizenship, education, community decency, homosexual agenda, and homosexuality and ministry.