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Can A Pastor Be an Effective Politician?

When I first started college I had dreams of serving in public life and possibly one day being a Senator.  That dream was quickly forgotten when I decided the best that I could do was trade my life to help people find their way back to God. What brought that to mind was the story on CBS channel 2 news about Rev. James Meeks (on right of picture) and Pastor Wilfredo DeJesus (on left of picture) who are both considering running for the mayor of Chicago. In the story they asked, “Can a pastor be effective as a mayor?”  I know both Meeks and DeJesus, have been in their churches and think highly of both of them.  They both have said that if elected they would continue to preach.  So, I’m curious what do you think – can a pastor be effective politician?

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Dave's role at Community is Lead pastor, which means he is responsible for providing the visionary leadership for both the church and NewThing, a network of reproducing churches. He loves working with the remarkable group of leaders and artists that make up his staff. He is married to an amazing woman and friend, Sue, and is crazy about his three kids - Amy, Josh & Caleb. With his extra time, he loves coaching the kids' sports teams, running, reading and writing.