Community Impact

We believe the Christian has a biblical responsibility to both society and our fellow man – seeking not only a government that treats others with justice and mercy, but also the opportunity to actively love our neighbors, all according to Scripture’s principles and precepts. We support, therefore, a variety of policies and initiatives that bear tangible impact on our neighbors, communities, and culture.

The FAMiLY Leader celebrates 25 years!

On Saturday, Oct. 30, The FAMiLY Leader celebrated 25 years of ministry! Over 500 pastors, friends, and supporters – as well as current and former ... read more ›

Iowa Legislature's special session has special, life-saving goal

On Oct. 5, the Iowa Legislature will reconvene in special session to work on redrawing the district lines for Iowa elections … and to save ... read more ›

WATCH: Iowa National Day of Prayer proves powerfully moving

“Powerful, today was so powerful,” said a woman who traveled from Mason City to Des Moines for the Iowa National Day of Prayer at the ... read more ›
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We believe that parents are entrusted by God with directing the upbringing and education of their children. We believe that parents from all socio-economic backgrounds should be able to choose the type of education, whether public or private, religious or home schooling, that reflects their values and the needs of their children.

TFL's Capitol Connection, Week 16: TFL exposes Iowa schools, makes national news

The FAMiLY Leader has had a busy week – delivering an announcement about the FAMiLY Leadership Summit that made national news, and exposing an Iowa ... read more ›

Iowa school votes to 'transition' students, hide it from parents

Marion, IOWA – On April 25, the Linn-Mar School Board (Linn County, Iowa) voted 5-2 to allow men in women’s restrooms, allow male and female ... read more ›

TFL’s Capitol Connection, Week 15: Explosive video reveals Iowa schools flaunting indoctrination law

Just as Iowa lawmakers were in tense negotiations over school choice, an explosive, undercover video revealed Iowa schools proudly confessing to breaking Iowa’s anti-indoctrination law. ... read more ›
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SPECIAL EDITION: 2022 Iowa Primary Elections net pro-family victories

June 7, 2022, marked national news-making victories for Iowa’s pro-family, pro-life, and pro-school-choice candidates! The FAMiLY Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats sits down with one of ... read more ›

An urgent election message for Tuesday, June 7

The FAMiLY Leader invites you to watch this brief message from our president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats. Who we get to vote for in ... read more ›

TFL’s Capitol Connection, Week 20: Session’s over – how did we do?

After a long, dragged out battle at the Capitol, the 2022 legislative session has come to a close. The FAMiLY Leader’s Chuck Hurley and Daniel ... read more ›
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We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significance from conception to natural death. This reverence for the sanctity of life obligates us to actively support public policy that protects innocent life, including opposition to abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

Dr. Bill Lile wows 2022 FAMiLY Leadership Summit with pro-life address

Des Moines, IOWA – “A patient is a person, no matter how small,” said Dr. Bill Lile at the 2022 FAMiLY Leadership Summit. “[And] when ... read more ›

Debunking myths, lies, and what's next for abortion

The Dobbs v. Jackson case overturning Roe v. Wade may be the biggest news in 50 years! But what does it really mean? In this ... read more ›

VIDEO: Bob Vander Plaats on the end of Roe v Wade, what it means for Iowa

Urbandale, IOWA – On Friday, June 24, 2022, in its Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and returned to ... read more ›
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Marriage & Sexuality

We believe human sexuality to be God’s gift to us, designed and intended for our good within the bond of a committed, lifelong marriage between a man and woman. We support public policy that benefits families and encourages individuals toward healthy, biblical marriages; and we oppose policy that encourages individuals to pursue alternate means of sexual expression or fulfillment, including, but not limited to fornication, pornography, prostitution, adultery, homosexuality, and transgenderism.

VIDEO: Thank you for standing for marriage!

Many of you heard the call to stand up for marriage and religious liberty by opposing the federal (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act. Thank you! Thanks ... read more ›

Bob connects the dots on marriage for U.S. Senate Republicans

The following commentary by The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats first appeared on the Sept. 7, 2022, edition of The Blaze. Someone ... read more ›

Bob speaks out on pending Senate vote: GOP should stand for, not betray, marriage

On the Aug. 29, 2022, episode of BlazeTV’s Steve Deace Show, The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats warned U.S. Senate Republicans – ... read more ›
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Religious Liberty

We believe every individual is responsible before God in matters of faith and conscience, and thus we affirm a God-given right to free exercise of religion, both for individuals and organizations. We support policy that ensures faith can be freely exercised and acted upon without fear of unjust government interference, not only within personal or church life, but also in the public sphere.

Name of Jesus, value of life resound in Iowa Capitol

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Capitol resounded today with the name of Jesus and the sounds of praise, worship, and prayer, as part of ... read more ›

WATCH: Iowa National Day of Prayer proves powerfully moving

“Powerful, today was so powerful,” said a woman who traveled from Mason City to Des Moines for the Iowa National Day of Prayer at the ... read more ›

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 14: Success! TFL protects its donors

In this week’s update from the Iowa Capitol, the FAMiLY Leader’s Chuck Hurley and Daniel Carroll break down the latest from the Iowa Legislature, including ... read more ›
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Restoring Civility

We believe every person – regardless of their physical traits or political or personal opinion – is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated as such, with courtesy, respect, and dignity. We endeavor, therefore, to exemplify the biblical mandate that Christians “speak the truth in love”; we resist bitter, partisan division, seeking instead ways to work toward God-honoring policy regardless of political party; and we encourage mutually honoring discussion between people of diverse and even opposing viewpoints.

Queen Elizabeth II: An inspiring example that must carry on

Commentary by Greg Baker I have long admired the British monarchy and was so sad to hear the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth ... read more ›

VIDEO: Bob Vander Plaats denounces lawmaker's obscene gesture

Des Moines, IOWA – The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats took to Twitter Wednesday to denounce Iowa State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann’s obscene ... read more ›

The tragedy, and the hope, of Jan. 6

The following is a statement from Bob Vander Plaats and The FAMiLY Leader on the protests, turned riots, at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. ... read more ›
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