One Story of Church-State Partnership:

For eight years the Church Ambassador Network has been building relationships between governing authorities and pastors of churches to build into each other as people, fellow shepherds of our state, and partners in meeting community needs.

In 2017, two children in Iowa’s foster-care system died from neglect. This brought the Iowa foster-care system into greater focus across the state, including Iowa churches.It also opened the door for the state government to consider help from outside organizations. Days after the two children’s deaths in the foster care system, Iowa pastors met with Gov. Kim Reynolds, who shared a burden for Iowa’s foster-care system. After this meeting the Church Ambassador Network began to move beyond prayer and seek ways to assist the state of Iowa.

In December 2017 the Church Ambassador Network connected with local leaders, who brought the need to launch a preventive foster-care ministry in central Iowa, establishing our first church-and-state partnership.

When needs face our communities today, people turn to two institutions: the Church and the State.

The FAMiLY Leader’s Church Ambassador Network builds partnerships between these two institutions, as they work to bring solutions to the deepest bondage facing our communities. As we learn of private-public partnerships in Iowa, we seek Church-State partnerships that can bring true transformation to a community.

Ultimately, the Church is better equipped to serve the whole person.

The Bible teaches that people are both physical and spiritual beings. While the State is limited to aiding the physical person, the Church can serve both.

Joseph and Pharaoh – Pastors and governing authorities

As we form these partnerships, we look to an incredible example in the Bible: the partnership between Joseph and Pharaoh, recorded in Genesis. In the Church Ambassador Network, we believe that today’s “pharaoh” needs wisdom and guidance from the Lord’s people, and the Lord’s people need “pharaoh” to carry their vision and strategies of breaking bondage in our communities to a much wider level.

We believe that for every issue facing our communities today, there is a church somewhere in our state with a vision from the Lord to uniquely meet those needs.

We need to take these individuals to the halls of “pharaoh” to share that vision and pray that God would grant us the same favor He gave Joseph to bring that vision to the masses. When He does, the people are not only blessed, but God’s name is also glorified.


“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.
You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders.
Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.'”

Genesis 41:39-40