Approximately 1,500 pastors and other Christian leaders are in the nation's capital this week to connect with lawmakers and focus on spiritual revival and patriotic renewal.
The fifth annual Capitol Connection, sponsored by Awake America Ministries, features pastors and legislators joining together to pray and be encouraged.
Dr. Paul Chappell, senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church in California and president of West Coast Baptist College, is one of the key note speakers for the three-day event that kicked off Monday. He is challenging pastors to be the faith leaders that God has called them to be even though the world may deem that foolish.
"And despite the fact that we're going to be deemed as fools and there's going to be difficult days," he says, "that's where leaders have to step up and encourage God's people to follow Him in faith."
Chappell says the pastors and other Christians are also spending time with their elected representatives.
"We want the Christian elected official to be encouraged that we're praying," the pastor tells OneNewsNow. "And we want those that are not Christians to know that we exist - that we do pray for them, and that we actually still believe in the infallible truths of the Bible. And as weird as that may seem to some of them, it's who we are."