OK Ministry Wrap-Up | 2018
Thank you for being a part of our second year of Capitol Commission Oklahoma. As I reflect on this past year, there are three important missions we accomplished:
Presence of Peace
There is no question this past year was tumultuous as the state faced another budget shortfall and great unrest from those on the frontlines of providing state services. During the tensest moments, Capitol Commission plays a vital role in providing a public voice for civility and prayer for Oklahoma’s elected leaders, teachers, and public services.
“Pastor Harder brings a peaceful and encouraging presence to the state capitol. I’ve witnessed the difference Capitol Commission makes in how elected leaders are being prayed for and supported.”
Rep. Josh Cockroft
- Watch Pastor Harder’s address and prayer from the House Floor from James 3. Taming the Tongue.
- Read Pastor Harder’s Op-Ed in The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Minister: Perspective, Prayer and the Teacher Walkout
Proclaiming God’s Word
We held over 70 Bible studies with representatives, senators, and capitol staff. In 2018, Bible studies covered the book of Ephesians, 1, 2, and 3 John, Titus, 2 Thessalonians, Jude, Obadiah, Jonah, Haggai, Nahum.
“The presence of pastor Joel Harder and the Capitol Commission ministry at the Oklahoma Capitol enables legislators who are pressured from many different sides to gain from God’s Word the spiritual grounding they need to be salt and light during their time of public service. I am extremely grateful for this ministry.”
Rep. Travis Dunlap
Chaplain of the Hosue of Representatives
Speaker Charles McCall appointed Pastor Harder to serve as the official Chaplain of the House for the remainder of the 56th Legislature and in the upcoming 57th Legislature. Follow Pastor Harder’s weekly address from the Floor of the House by signing up for the Capitol Report eNewsletter.
“Pastor Harder is well respected by members of both political parties as he continues to serve the Oklahoma House of Representatives as chaplain.”
Speaker Charles McCall
In 2019, our ministry focus will be to put families first – working with House and Senate leadership to promote healthy homes and relationships – continued pastoral care among legislators, and launching new discipleship and prayer ministries through the offices of the incoming administration and constitutional officers.
I am honored to serve as the State Minister striving to impact the capitol community of the Sooner State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Elected members of the Oklahoma legislature and the staff members supporting them in their legislative task face unique challenges and extraordinary pressures. Regardless of political party, the most needed and meaningful help available is the power of God through the presence of the Holy Spirit and being exposed to the eternal truth of Holy Scripture. For this reason, the ministry of Capitol Commission in Oklahoma exists to provide a pastoral presence within the state capitol for elected leaders and their staff through weekly in-depth Bible studies and Spirit-filled encouragement through Biblical counsel and cultivating discipleship relationships.
My prayer is for God to cultivate a community of faith within the state capitol where spiritual needs are met, disciples are made, and lives are transformed through the renewing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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