CTV encourages churches to periodically (during the year) promote Citizenship Sundays to highlight the importance of Christian citizenship and to pray for those in authority.
Purpose of a Citizenship Sunday:
- It provides you something to build towards.
- It gives you a specific opportunity to remind your congregation to pray for our nation and leaders.
- It could lead into opportunities to educate your congregation regarding relevant issues.
- It also provides an opportunity for voter registration and distribution of absentee ballot applications (both of which are non-partisan).
While CTV suggests dates and themes below, we also encourage you to host a Citizenship Sunday on a day and with a theme that works best for your congregation. Get creative and craft a plan that energizes and serves your church family!
January: use the Sunday closest to the Roe v Wade Anniversary to highlight the sanctity of life.
May: use the Sunday closest to Memorial Day to honor our veterans and troops and sacrifice.
July: use the Sunday near July 4 to celebrate our Judeo-Christian heritage and freedom. In Election years you can also use it as an opportunity to remind people of the importance of voting in the August Primary Elections.
October: choose a Sunday prior to November to highlight the importance of being a responsible Christian citizen and voting in the General Election.
Check List for Citizenship Sunday:
Treat this Sunday as a huge effort because it is a great service to your church family! Once you have the pastor/Church leaders’ permission, start planning right away.
There are many ways to participate in Citizenship Sundays, including Church bulletin announcements or inserts, a sermon, special music, prayers and scripture reading.
- Start publicizing at least two weeks before the day of the event.
- Promote the Citizenship Sunday using different means, but it will be especially effective coming from the Pastor in the pulpit.
- Provide opportunities for peers to get engaged; suggest efforts they might be interested in; highlight resources for your church family to consider for further education.
- Use a theme (i.e. serving the community, patriotism, pro-life Sunday, etc.).
- Put up a table at the back of the church with the following information:
-Voter Registration forms
-Voter Absentee Ballot Applications
-Other helpful resources that you feel would be helpful to your congregation