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Did you miss the gathering of more than 600 Iowans in Mt. Pleasant to hear speakers Kelly Shackelford, Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rick Santorum, and more?

We’d hate for you to miss out on these fantastic speeches.
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The FAMiLY LEADER Announces July 18 Date for The 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The FAMiLY LEADER Announces New Date for The 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit

Pollster Frank Luntz to Host Interactive Discussions with Iowans

Urbandale, IOWA – The FAMiLY LEADER’s 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, July 18th at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA. The original date was August 15th, but due to several other conservative events scheduled for August, The FAMiLY LEADER has moved their Summit to July 18th.

Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER said, “For the fourth year in a row, The FAMiLY LEADER is excited to offer its annual Family Leadership Summit for Iowans who are eager to learn more about and hear from conservative leaders. Between the Family Leadership Summit, the Iowa Straw Poll, and the first RNC debate, these important events will inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives on the leading issues facing America. A midsummer event on July 18th will be a great opportunity for Iowans to hear directly from – and directly engage with – an extraordinary group of conservative leaders.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is pleased to announce a partnership with Frank Luntz and his team at Luntz Global Partners, Frank will host individual town-hall forums, along with potential focus groups, to add a unique opportunity for Iowans.

Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, and one of the “hottest pollsters” in America according to the Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was a winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for his accuracy as a pundit. His focus groups have become so influential that as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama commented, “When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is also pleased to announce that the National Organization for Marriage is their first national partner for the Summit, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage said, “It’s an honor to continue our partnership with The FAMiLY LEADER at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit to advance pro-family, pro-conservative, and pro-freedom conservative values. Iowans play a critical role in presidential politics and it’s a privilege to work with them at this most important Summit.”

The purpose of The FAMiLY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to engage with national conservative leaders and hear their leadership vision on the issues that matter most to the future of America.

Last year’s Summit held in Ames, Iowa, was an extraordinary success, with more than 1,200 attendees and 100 members of the media. Many of the conservative movement’s most prominent leaders joined the Summit last year, such as Dr. Alveda King, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, Joel Rosenberg, Ken Cuccinelli, and many others. Press releases will be sent as speakers are confirmed.

For more information about The FAMiLY LEADER to go, or learn about last year’s amazing Summit, visit

Contact: Dave Barnett; 515-263-3495, ext. 21 (office), 515-314-2732 (cell)


Is this the Tipping Point?

Why this forum is unique? In the coming weeks, there will be many forums, debates, and townhall meetings between all the U.S. Senate candidates.  However, this forum will be completely unique from all the others.  Most forums and debates revolve around “issues” and the positions the candidates hold.  While positions are good to know, it is better to know a candidate’s worldview.

Why is worldview better?  When you know their worldview you can trust that, no matter what comes up, you have a good idea where that candidate is going to land.  Therefore, we are going to ask those foundational, fundamental questions that go to the heart of each candidate and reveal what they truly believe in their core.

Watch this video where I explain the unique elements of this forum (2 min.).

Quick Facts About the U.S. Senate Family Forum:

  • The forum is on Friday evening, April 25th from 6:30-8:30 PM.
  • Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, and Senator Charles Grassley are co-hosts (Lt. Governor Reynolds and Senator Grassley will offer remarks).
  • Erick Erickson, Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief, will moderate the forum.
  • You’ll find out why the candidates believe the way they do (worldview).
  • Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Mark Jacobs, and Matt Whitaker are featured candidates.
  • It will be held at the Nettleton Center on the campus of Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny.  Click here for map.
  • Tickets are $14.00.  Click here to register.
  •  Ice cream will be served after the forum.

This forum could be the tipping point and turning point for the decisions of many June 3rd primary voters!  Please join us for an exciting evening of vetting and examining the belief systems and positions for those running for U.S. Senate in Iowa!

See you there!

Bob Vander Plaats

Campaign Academy 2014


Presented by The FAMiLY LEADER

February 21 & 22

Become a better candidate for office with our Campaign Academy!

Do values matter in modern-day politics?   More and more political leaders and parties are choosing to sacrifice culture-defining issues such as life, liberty, marriage and the family on the altar of political expediency, mistakenly believing that values no longer matter to voters.


Voters today are yearning for principled candidates committed to standing strong for the timeless values upon which our country was founded, and who will stand strong against the politics-as-usual establishment working to undermine those values.  Instructed by Congressman Bill Redmond of CitizenLink – A Focus on the Family affiliate, the Campaign Academy shows candidates, campaign staff, and grassroots activists how to run winning campaigns without compromising their values and governing with a Biblical worldview.

  •     Meaning – Why Christians should be involved in government at all levels.
  •     Mechanics – How to campaign smartly and effectively.
  •     Message – How to shape and communicate the message you believe.
  •     Money – How to raise all the money you need to win, even if  you’ve never raised money before



For more information, download the complete brochure and mail-in registration form, or register online.





11:30am : Registration

Noon : Seminar begins
6:00pm : Day one ends


8:00am : Day two begins
2:00pm : Seminar ends


Fellowship Baptist Church
1503 Southeast 6th St.
Des Moines, IA 50315

Cost: $75


Getting to the Core of the Problem

Our kids’ education is tremendously important, and that’s why you need to know about Common Core.  In fact, it’s so important that we have created a special session before our Celebrate the Family dinner to hear David Barton reveal what Common Core is, what impact it will have on our kids, and what we can do to stop it.

Image credit: Utah Eagle Vision

You need to hurry!  Seating is limited to 200, and you must have a ticket to the Celebrate the Family dinner to register for the early Common Core session from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Tickets are moving quickly, and we project to sell out in the next few days.  The “Celebrate the Family” dinner is Saturday, November 23rd at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel from 5:30 -7:30 PM.

To register for Celebrate the Family and the special session on Common Core, click the button below!

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Want to learn more about Common Core?

Below are just a few videos and articles we think do a good job of giving you a preview of the dangers of Common Core:

1.  David Barton on TheBlaze sharing just a few major problems of Common Core.

This video moves quickly, but is 44 minutes long.  Prepare to be shocked.


2. If you want the condensed version, watch this:

This is only 15 minutes long.

3.  Now do you feel like a kook for opposing Common Core?

Well, you shouldn’t.  This article by the Cato Institute shows why.

catoinstituteYou Aren’t a Total Kook if You Oppose Common Core



To register for the Special Session, select the number of tickets you want below, then indicate your attendance at the bottom of the registration form.

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Barton on Separation of Church and State


Purchase tickets here!

The FAMiLY LEADER will host its “Celebrate the Family” fundraising dinner on Saturday evening, November 23, at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, 800 50th St., West Des Moines, IA.

dbartonspeakDr. David Barton, president of Wallbuilders (, will be the keynote speaker at the “Celebrate the Family” dinner. Dr. Barton is a master historian who eloquently presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues. He has been labeled as “America’s historian,” and Time Magazine called him “a hero to millions” and named him as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals.

See David Barton discuss the historical context of “Separation of Church and State.” (2:37)



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If you are not able to attend the “Celebrate the Family” dinner, I encourage you to sponsor a table anyway. We’ll be happy to fill it with pastors, church leaders and key volunteers who would not otherwise be able to attend.

The sponsorship levels are:

Host Sponsor – $10,000 Level – premium seating for table of 8, four copies of The Founder’s Bible, eight copies of If 7:14.

Launch Sponsor – $5,000 Level – priority seating for table of 8, one copy of The Founder’s Bible, four copies of If 7:14.

Patriot Sponsor – $1,500 Level – reserved seating for table of 8, and one copy of If 7:14.


Please help us get the word out about this dinner:

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Are we there yet?

Dr. Del Tackett ~ Author of The Truth Project asks is America there yet?
Video Clip=30sec #FLS2013

Pastor Rafael Cruz – A Short Message for Pastors

Has your pastor heard this?

Stephen Baldwin: Where change begins…

Stephen Baldwin : Where does the change begin?

Click to view video:
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FLS2013 Clip of the Day: Senator Rick Santorum

Beyond the political front – Who is winning America? Who is raising our children? – Aristotle said…

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Summit Review: in Pictures

Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa was reverberating with nearly 2000 Summit goers. Speakers from Stephen Baldwin, to Dr. Del Tackett, to Rick Santorum, to Senator Ted Cruz, to Donald Trump and many other prominent national and regional leaders took to the stage and energized the Social Conservative Base.

As a visual review, pictures of all the speakers have been posted on our FaceBook page. Here are direct links to each of the three albums. Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3.


Otherwise, visit our FaceBook page to see all our posts and catch up on the latest… TFL FaceBook >>

Look for video clips and more pictures to be posted in the days and weeks ahead. There is a mountain of excellent leadership examples from The Family Leadership Summit 2013 currently being harvested for you!

In the Summit’s Wake…

All the staff here at The FAMiLY LEADER are catching our breath from another very successful Summit. As we sift through all the great comments and stories coming into the office, a few will be shared as well as pictures, video and quotes. We will be posting those in the days and weeks ahead.

In the meantime, here are a few media reports that do a good job capturing some of the happenings at the Family Leadership Summit 2013. Look for more of these in the future too.


Steve Deace
Steve’s Take on the Summit

The Iowa Republican
Donald Trump Chats with The Iowa Republican

Cruz Garnering Excitement Across Republican Factions

Summit Fires up Conservatives

Caffeinated Thoughts
Ted-Cruz, Rick Santorum and Iowa Evangelicals

Des Moines Register’s Jennifer Jacobs…

on Ted Cruz:

on Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds:

on Dr. Del Tackett:

on Senator Grassley:

on Steve King: