The FAMiLY LEADER announces four U.S. senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Tim Scott of South Carolina – have confirmed they will address the 8th annual Family Leadership Summit at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, July 12.
In addition, Sens. Lankford and Scott will present a discussion on their unique approach to personal, racial reconciliation, which they’ve dubbed “Solution Sundays.” The idea is to intentionally invite families of other races to their homes to share a meal.
“Just to have normal conversation, it breaks down barriers, it sets a good example for your children and quite frankly develops relationships that can only happen around a table,” Lankford told CBN News. “It doesn’t have to all be about race. It can just be about friendship.”
“We have benefitted from just being able to break bread with someone who’s not quite like you,” Scott agreed. “I have benefitted from having diversity as a part of my everyday life, which I think is a blessing from God. I think He made us all differently so that as a body of Christ, we fit together and we provide something that the other part could not have provided.”
Cotton, Lankford, Sasse, and Scott join four other, confirmed speakers for the Summit thus far: actor and comedian Brad Stine, BlazeTV personality Steve Deace, Rob Roozeboom of Rise Ministries, and Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER.
The list of additional invitees includes U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, author and youth evangelist Nick Hall, Pastor Tony Evans, and U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley.
Earlier this year, The FAMiLY LEADER made national headlines by inviting the top seven Democrats (by poll standing) seeking the presidential nomination to the Summit. All seven Democrats, however, declined the invitation.
Further announcements will be made when invited speakers confirm their attendance.
The annual Family Leadership Summit brings to the Midwest prominent, national leaders from a variety of fields to encourage Christians to engage in Christ-centered cultural transformation that “thinks bigger” than politics and elections to impact not just government, but also churches, families, and individual lives.