– March 26–27, 2019 –

Woodlawn Baptist Church
4600 Manchaca Road • Austin, Texas


Advocacy Day is an opportunity to learn more about public policy, its impact on your community and ways you can be more involved in the process. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from workshops on issues like religious liberty, educational equity, immigration, criminal justice reform, and pro-life policy. We hope to see you in Austin! 

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Early Registration (through February 17) - $30 
Late Registration - $40 
Students (registration required) - Free





Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. Gerson serves as senior adviser at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser. He is the author of “Heroic Conservatism” (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs.

Workshop Speakers

Kathryn Freeman

Director of Public Policy,
Christian Life Commission

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Matt Soerens

U.S. Director of Church Mobilization,
World Relief

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Kelly Rosati

KMR Consulting

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Shirley Hoogstra

President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

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Dr. Andrea Ramirez

Former Head of Faith & Education,

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Mike Hogan

Regional Field Director,
ONE Campaign

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(Attendees Will Be Able to Choose 2)

Remember the Prisoner: Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform 

Led by Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission 

This workshop will examine the role of  Christians in the national conversation about criminal justice reform. Participants will learn about principles for reform and promising reform initiatives at local, state, and federal levels.

The Stranger Among Us: Pursuing Security and Compassion in Public Policy

Led by Matt Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization, World Relief

This workshop will examine the biblical principles around immigration, prioritizing both compassion and security when it comes to immigration policy. Participants will learn about current immigration policies and tools to advocate for reform consistent with biblical principles.

Our First Freedom: Protecting Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society 

Led by Shirley Hoogstra, President of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

This workshop will review current issues in religious liberty through the lens of faith-based organizations. Participants will learn the proper relationship between government and religious institutions and how they can be better advocates for religious freedom for all.

Why Pro-life is Whole Life: Babies, Moms and So Much More

Led by Kelly Rosati, Owner, KMR Consulting 

Participants will learn about the scriptural basis for a whole life ethic; multiple whole life issues in contemporary Christian life; and how a consistent whole life approach makes us better advocates for unborn children.

All God’s Children: Advocating for Educational Equity

Led by Andrea Ramirez, Former Head of Faith & Education for NHCLC

This workshop will focus on strengthening educational outcomes for all school-aged children. Participants will learn how public policy efforts improve education and how to advocate for educational equity. 

Faithful Advocacy
with ONE

Led by Mike Hogan, Regional Field Director

An overview of how the ONE Campaign tackles the issues of extreme poverty and preventable disease using advocacy in our current political climate, both inside and outside of the church.

Spanish Sessions

Formación de líderes que abogan por otros

Dirigido por Rolando Rodríguez, Director de la Oficina de la Obra Hispana de los Bautistas de Texas

En este taller se hablará de los pasos necesarios para equipar a líderes que abogan por otros. Los participantes aprenderán cómo la iglesia local puede crear un ambiente propicio y entrenamiento para líderes activistas.

La base bíblica de la inmigración

Dirigida por Marlon Ríos, Oficina de la Obra Hispana de los Bautistas de Texas

Los participantes aprenderán sobre asuntos relevantes que impactan a la iglesia local y serán equipados para compartir sus preocupaciones con legisladores.


March 26

10:00 am-10:45 am: Advocacy 101 Training

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Keynote 1

12:00 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm -2:45 pm: Workshops

3:00 pm-4:15 pm: Workshops

4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Keynote 2

March 27

7:30 am-9:00 am: Breakfast in Capitol Grille

9:30 am: Capitol Tour (Optional)

10:00 am-12:00 pm: Office visits



Hotels available for March 26

Home2suites by Hilton Austin Airport
1705 Airport Commerce Dr, Austin, TX 78741

La Quinta Suites Austin Airport
 7625 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

La Quinta Suites Southwest Austin
4424 S MoPac Expy, Austin, TX 78735

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Austin South
701 E Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745

Holiday Inn Express Austin Southwest Sunset Valley
4892 W US Hwy 290 Service Rd, Sunset Valley, TX 78735

Comfort Suites, South Austin
5001 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78744

Comfort Suites Austin Airport 
7501 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741