American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer to Offer Prayer at ‘The Gathering’; Event Unites Across Racial, Denominational, Generational Lines

To view Sam Rohrer’s prayer, please click HERE.

Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network, will be a part of the National Solemn Assembly event, “The Gathering,” in Southlake, Texas, on Sept. 21. He will join a host of internationally known leaders who will come together for corporate prayer for the country’s leaders, families, churches and communities, as well as to encourage repentance and the pursuit of God throughout America.

According to the event website, “The Gathering is the body of Christ coming together one day to unite across racial, denominational and generational lines, lifting up the name of Jesus and taking responsibility for the condition of our nation. No personality, denomination or organization will be promoted.”

“People who are diverse yet have much in common are coming together for The Gathering in an effort to unite our country in prayer,” Rohrer said. “As a pastors network, we are directly in the middle of the most important issues across the country. We encourage pastors to pray for the nation from the pulpit and lead the members of their congregations to be godly in their commitment to their communities.”

The Gathering consists of two separate events: the National Solemn Assembly Leaders’ Event from noon to 3 p.m. CT Sept. 21, and the National Solemn Assembly that evening from 7 to 9 p.m. CT. Guests can attend one or both events in person for free at Gateway Church, 700 Blessed Way, Southlake, Texas, or via live-stream online.

Rohrer will be featured in the 1:20 to 2:05 p.m. CT session, titled “Repentance & Pursuit of God in Four Spheres,” where four pairs of speakers will address four topics from Psalm 128. Rohrer will leader a congregational prayer focusing on community.

Besides Rohrer, speakers include: David and Jason Benham, bestselling authors and speakers; Dr. Tony Evans, evangelical leader and speaker; Dr. Jack Graham, pastor and author; Richard Land, evangelical leader and president of Southern Evangelical Seminary; Anne Graham Lotz, evangelist and daughter of Billy Graham; Max Lucado, pastor and author; Winfred Neely, minister and professor at Moody Bible Institute; Les Steckel, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and Lysa TerKeurst, author and head of Proverbs 31 Ministries for women; among others.

The Gathering is also offering several online resources, which include a 21-day devotional, facilitator’s kit and a document on prayer and fasting in the life of the pastor. Learn more at

To watch a video on The Gathering, click HERE.

Kentucky Pastors Network Joins American Pastors Network; Commits to Stand for Biblical Truth in All Pulpits

The American Pastors Network, the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square, is welcoming a new state pastors network to its growing organization.

This week, APN is launching the Kentucky Pastors Network (KYPN,, a carefully selected group of pastors in Kentucky who are joining together to “Stand in the Gap for Truth.”

“The American Pastors Network has been standing in the gap for truth around America and is growing again through the new Kentucky Pastors Network,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, who is also president of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, “We know that pastors there will be an invaluable support to one another as they engage their congregations to stand for truth and freedom and effect true change in the culture.”

Leading the Kentucky network as its president will be Pastor Randy Smith, who grew up in the Bluegrass State and was called to ministry at an early age. He has served in prison ministries, traveled on mission trips to Haiti, prayed in front of the White House and championed the position of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for her religious liberties. Smith also ran for State Representative for the 99th District in 2016, losing by just 176 votes.

“I now feel God has moved me to a point in time to rally the Christians in Kentucky to continue to stand, and be ready to stand when the time comes to fight against the ungodliness of overreaching activist judges and politicians,” Smith wrote on the KYPN website. “I look forward to reaching out to pastors and Christians all across the state, of all denominations, to join myself, Pastor Steve Hickerson and Pastor Tom Redman as we lead Kentucky to ‘Stand in the Gap for Truth.’”

Hickerson will serve as KYPN’s vice president, and Redman will serve as secretary/treasurer.

APN focuses on a concerted effort to grow its state pastors’ network initiative through a plan to welcome pastors in all 50 states who will serve as State Network Organizing Representatives. The ultimate goal is to develop free-standing state chapters of pastors and leaders in each state. These state networks will focus on their particular states and carry out the mission and purpose of the American Pastors Network, which include:

  1. Identifying, encouraging, equipping and educating pastors and church members to “Stand in the Gap for Truth”;
  2. Being a voice for truth and an advocate for pastors in the public square by providing Bible-based and constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy; and
  3. Strengthening the biblical relationship between pastors and elected officials through various private and public meetings for prayer, study and policy discussion.

Current chapters are already doing the important work of providing timely, in-state leadership on issues impacting local families and congregations. Examples of their efforts include speaking out in the defense of marriage and standing up for religious liberty.

With Election Three Months Away, Be Armed with a ‘Voter Integrity Checklist’ at the Polls

In this presidential election, perhaps more than any other, voters are making up their minds about the candidates based on a wide variety of issues—some social, some spiritual.

But regardless of which matters ultimately help voters decide, the how is abundantly important.

This headline-making election season has been a frequent topic of discussion on “Stand in the Gap Today,” the daily news and commentary radio program from the American Pastors Network and PA Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer says it’s imperative that Christians not only vote, but vote with a biblically based checklist in mind on Nov. 8.

“Voting truly does have a lifetime of accountability,” Rohrer said. “The faithful cannot simply choose a name on a whim or go along with what the polls are dictating. Rather, voting must be a carefully considered, prayerful and serious decision. Our prayer is that every Christian will base their voting decisions on biblical principles and wisdom, rather than emotion or what the polls might say.”

Decades ago, Rohrer created his “Voting Integrity Checklist,” a series of questions he developed for himself to use during nearly 20 years in office. It helps not only to ensure votes of integrity, but to also permit voters to have confidence in how candidates may conduct themselves while in office. Ultimately, a number of Rohrer’s fellow legislators adopted this simple checklist, with the application to evaluate potential candidates on how they measure up to a carefully prioritized list of considerations.

“The more a candidate’s views and positions mirror this list,” Rohrer said, “the more constitutional and moral their decisions in office will be.”

According to Rohrer, questions to ask when progressing through the “Voter Integrity Checklist” include:

  1. Is it moral?
  2. Is it constitutional?
  3. Does it preserve individual freedom and responsibility (vs. strengthening government control)?
  4. Does it preserve and strengthen the traditional family?
  5. Is it in the best interest of the general public (vs. only special interests)?
  6. Is it necessary?
  7. Should it be done on the federal level?
  8. Is this an effective and efficient way to do it?
  9. Do we have the money to pay for it?

Rohrer’s “Voting Integrity Checklist” stemmed from his teenage years, when a pastor shared with him a five-point checklist for making tough decisions. Rohrer carried and used that checklist through high school and college, through 15 years in business, and onto the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he modified it to meet the demands of legislative votes.

Fearful or Fearless?

Planned Parenthood, the leftist, pro-murder organization founded by radical racist Margret Sanger, endorsed Hillary Clinton during the primary season–the first time they’ve ever done so during a primary election.

Now, they’ve announced that they plan to have voter registration drives at their abortion service locations.  It is NOT illegal to conduct such drives, provided they are done in a non-partisan manner. So, I have no problem with their decision to engage in the electoral process.

What IS troubling to me is the hesitation, or refusal, of pastors/churches to conduct non-partisan voter registration drives at their churches. Fear of violating the IRS “ban” on political activity, fear of negative congregational response, or fear of being labeled “political” will cause many pastors to stay on the sidelines during this most critical election cycle ever. 

May I humbly urge all Bible-believing pastors to “pitch” your fears, educate yourself on the legality, yea necessity, of voter registration drives, and encourage congregational participation in what I believe to be our civic and Biblical duty–voting.

As my dad used to say, “If you fail (or refuse) to engage in the process, you’ve forfeited your right to utter a single complaint, when you view with disdain the leftward trek of the nation.” With that, I couldn’t agree more!

Dave Kistler

President, HOPE Ministries International/HOPE To The Hill

President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)

Co-host, Stand In The Gap Radio

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APN Weighs in on NBA Punishing NC for Bathroom Law

( – Family and faith advocates are responding to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) decision last week to move its 2017 All-Star Game from the planned venue in Charlotte, North Carolina because of the state’s law requiring people to use public bathrooms and lockers that match their biological sex.

Despite this and other attacks on the state, Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest have not backed down. Also, several other states are putting protections in place following President Barack Obama’s mandate from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that transgender people should be able to use facilities based on their “gender identity,” and that not allowing them to do so could violate federal civil rights law.

“After weathering the storm — and picking up millions of allies — North Carolina isn’t about to flinch just because a sports league beholden to the Left’s cultural bullies is picking up their ball and leaving town,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, in a statement.

“If losing the NBA All-Star Game is what it costs to keep the Tar Heels safe, so be it,” Perkins said. “It’s a small price to pay for even one child’s innocence.”

“And here’s the irony: the state legislature firmly supports businesses like the NBA making their own decisions – which anyone who reads the law knows H.B. 2 is all about,” Perkins said. “North Carolina, like most states, doesn’t believe the government should be telling executives how to run their businesses, especially on policies that carry as much liability as this one.”

Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, said the NBA’s move is an “assault on common sense.”

“The NBA’s decision to punish the state of North Carolina simply because it protects the privacy of its citizens in bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities is an assault on common sense and strong families,” Reed said in at statement. “The NBA should focus on basketball, not left-wing and special interest politics.”

“Unless and until the NBA allows men to enter WNBA locker rooms, it should leave bathroom policy to state legislatures,” Reed said.

The American Pastors Network has also spoken out against the NBA decision, noting that the move may prove more harmful to the sports organization than the state of North Carolina.

‘For so many years, the NBA has been the framework to showcase athletic professionalism and excellence,” Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network, said in a statement. “For NBA leadership to stoop to political correctness and to permit their focus to be hijacked not only tarnishes the NBA image but diminishes the ability to focus on athletic excellence and professional conduct.”

“The very notion that the NBA feels its mission is to ‘punish’ a legislature, a governor and citizens of such a fine state as North Carolina for acting in accordance with the wishes of the people and the biblical and moral definition of human sexuality is a demonstration of a serious hijacking of historic principle and purpose,” Rohrer said.

“Whereas the NBA may believe its actions will punish North Carolina, I believe this action will prove to be an undoing of the organization,” he said.

“Since the successful passage of HB2, the state of North Carolina has already begun to experience positive economic outcomes,” said Dave Kistler, president of the North Carolina Pastors Network. “Most importantly, our state is in the middle of several spiritual awakenings.”

“I believe these to be nothing less than the smile of God on the courageous actions of our N.C. legislature and governor,” Kistler said.

In a statement released last week announcing the decision, the NBA said the “climate” in the state of North Carolina was not right for its event.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans,” the NBA statement said. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

***This article was originally posted by CNS News.

Tipping Point Summit for Pastors and Church Leaders! Coming September 10th!

Michael Anthony, lead pastor of Grace Fellowship of York, Pa., in partnership with the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, a state chapter of American Pastors Network (APN), is planning the Tipping Point Summit, a half-day event in York that will mobilize, energize and equip pastors and church leaders to address the most critical issues of the day from the pulpit.

The September 10 Tipping Point Summit is free to attend, either in York, PA, or via live-stream. The event seeks to create a grassroots effort among a non-denominational and diverse group of Bible believers who are coming together in unity to deal with the urgency of the times and helping to demonstrate how pastors can step up as cultural leaders, especially in this critical election year.

“As we watch headlines unfold about violence, terror and policies that break down the family and the church, there is perhaps no more crucial time for pastors and church leaders across the nation to truly step up and take an active role in serving as a catalyst for culture change,” said Gary Dull, PPN executive director, who will serve as the moderator for the event. “Here in Pennsylvania, the Tipping Point Summit on September 10 in York will do just that. This intense half-day of energy, motivation and empowerment will have pastors leaving ready to change their way of preaching, their churches, their communities and the world.”

WHO: Pennsylvania Pastors Network and Grace Fellowship of York
WHAT: Tipping Point Summit
WHERE: 1405 Seven Valleys Road, York, Pa. 17408
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. September 10, 2016
WHY: To awaken pastors, church leaders, elders and deacons to what’s happening in the country in advance of the November election
HOW: For more information or to register, visit

The morning will include three presentations, as well as three diverse Q&A panels. Speakers are:

Pastor Michael Anthony

Hon. Sam Rohrer

Pastor Jamie Mitchell

Pastor Michael Anthony: “The Role of Pastors & Christian Leaders in America: Humble Courage & Biblical Unity”

Anthony, who has appeared on CNN and in The New York Times, Politico and, will discuss the church’s role in culture. He is also founder of the National Week of Repentance (, founder and president of, and lead pastor of Grace Fellowship of York (

The Hon. Sam Rohrer: “The Reality of Persecution & How We Can Prepare;” Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, of which PPN is a state chapter, and a former Pennsylvania legislator for nearly 20 years.

Pastor Jamie Mitchell: “A Biblical Roadmap for Perseverance & Action;”

Mitchell is senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Lancaster, Pa.

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Why America Is Under Attack

By Sam Rohrer, American Pastors Network President

This article was originally published by Lifezette.

One of the questions being discussed by most media in the United States right now is, “What caused the Orlando Night Club shootings?”

It’s an interesting question, but more important than “Why?” is the question of “What will we do about it?”

It may not seem possible to do anything directly but follow the news with sadness. But there are multiple things those of us who are alive can do. First, we need to mourn and grieve over those who were killed. Through the action of a lone gunman with seething anger in his heart and a wrong worldview and belief system, we are reminded of the devastation to individuals and families one horrific sinful action can bring.

Secondly, we should pray for our country and our world, recognizing that true evil exists, and its adherents have dedicated themselves to our destruction, both as a nation and as individuals.

As the Bible reminds us in Mark 7:21-23, “from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts,” including the kinds of anger that lead to murder.

Third, we must repent of personal sin and turn to faith in Jesus Christ, lest we, too, think wrongly and eventually find ourselves committing things that law forbids — actions that are harmful to our fellow man and actions that will be judged by God.

Finally, we must acknowledge the factors that set up Americans for continued attacks, such as the one seen in Orlando. The majority of Americans, Christians included, are confused; they are paralyzed, and in many cases, becoming more and more angry because the America that we love is being destroyed — primarily from within. Anger and frustration are being intentionally built, in part, but they are occurring, and I think they are the underpinning of the significant response we’ve seen to Donald Trump’s sentiments. He hasn’t created it, but he is a benefactor of it.

For well over a generation, those who have been given to evil of all kinds — from killing the unborn to sexual promiscuity and family redefinition to allowing the borders of our sovereign nation to be destroyed — have been carefully deconstructing our Constitution.

They’ve been defying the rule of law, redefining our history, reprogramming our youth in K-12 public schools and colleges through Marxist professors teaching against American exceptionalism and compartmentalizing biblical faith as a subject not fit for public discourse.

They have found their way to become gatekeepers, as I call them, in positions of authority, whether they are in office or elsewhere: in the media, in civil government, colleges, Hollywood, and more. In essence, these entities have been destroying the very foundations of our republic. They’ve been systematic, they’ve acted with intent, and we have knowingly or unknowingly permitted it.

For well over a generation, many good-meaning people across the country have spent billions of dollars —and millions of hours of quality, concerted time — doing a lot of really good things, but not the best things. Meaning, we have been far more concerned about “shaping symptoms” than we have been about trying to address the root problems.

The result is that things have not improved. In fact, they’ve continued to deteriorate. Even in our pulpits and across the entire societal spectrum, we’ve not been going after evil. We’ve been following red herrings and addressing symptoms of decay—rather than employing the biblical wisdom as recognized by our founders and generations after them to truly solve our nation’s problems.

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” &endash; Deuteronomy 29:29 (ESV)

The American Pastors Network calls on all pastors and the people who sit in the pews to join us in grieving with families and individuals who have suffered catastrophic, life-changing loss in Orlando, and as we call our nation back to God through personal repentance and a return to knowing and living the truths found in the Bible through lives of individual righteousness.

The Hon. Sam Rohrer, who is working on a new book, “Making Sense of Nonsense,” is president of the American Pastors Network. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years and a candidate for governor in 2010, and is co-host of the Stand in the Gap Today radio program.

Will Pastors Lead?


Despite the darkness that seems to be increasingly enveloping our nation, there are signs that indicate the possibility of another genuine “awakening” on the horizon.

Over the last 25 years, I have made revival a central study, even having visited some of the locations where real revival occurred (Wales, Northhampton, Mass., and others).  The history of America’s past revivals, yea all prior “awakenings,” reveals 5 stages thru which a nation passes.

Stage 1–Culturally accepted immorality and spiritual indifference
Stage 2–Faithful leaders and fervent intercessors
Stage 3–Empowered words and broken hearts
Stage 4–Joyful zeal and spiritual refreshment
Stage 5–Cultural transformation and worldwide evangelism

Nationally, we have definitely passed Stage 1, and have entered into Stage 2. Stage 3 requires that God’s preachers “deliver the goods” with respect to what is preached from the pulpit. Weak, anemic, and passionless preaching has NEVER facilitated an awakening! And, preachers who are fearful of bold declaration and courageous leadership have NEVER been God’s instruments of renewal!

This past Thursday (July 7), George Barna was a guest on our daily radio program (). His most recent research reveals some disturbing trends relative to what pastors plan to do/say and lead in preparation for November’s elections. If those trends become reality, then America will have a catastrophic continuation of precisely what we’ve had for the last eight years.

In other words, if God’s men don’t stand tall and speak clearly, then America, a once great nation, will be relegated to the dustbin of history. If God’s spokesmen do step up and fearlessly engage in Biblical leadership (including direct application as to what kind of leaders we must have), then there is hope for the fulfillment of Stages 4 and 5.

I know many pastors whose hearts are broken over the violence, immorality, rejection of God and His truth, that is so prevalent within our land. But, will they speak those “empowered words,” without fearing the kick back that may come? Or, will they become one of the Barna statistics?

Having had the blessing of ministering with some of America’s finest pastors/preachers, I believe I can say with the writer of Hebrews, “Brethren, I am persuaded better things of you!”  I pray I am not disappointed.

Dave Kistler
President, HOPE Ministries International/HOPE To The Hill
President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)
Co-host, Stand In The Gap Radio

Not “Share” — but “Declare!”

It’s been a great day! I arrived home from Columbus, GA at approximately 4:15 AM. Thankfully, the Lord kept me awake thru the drive home and then gave me sweet sleep for several hours. I praise the Lord for the wonderful concluding service of the pastor’s conference and for an altar full of God’s men begging and crying for God to use them/us in greater ways than we’ve ever known. God is up to something across the nation.

Almost daily, I’m asked two questions. (1) What is happening in our nation, and (2) Are pastors waking up? What is happening is the unleashing of pure evil (same sex marriage, LGBT agenda, rejection of all Biblical values, etc.) across the world. Are pastors waking up? Yes, and no! Some still don’t see the encroaching evil. Others, who do, are still unwilling to speak courageously–calling sin what it is–an affront to the Holy God of heaven and an abomination in His sight.

However, some (and the number is growing all the time) are awakened and engaged, declaring “Thus saith the Lord,” without fear! It is my honor to preach for/labor with some of the nation’s finest pastors. In love, but directly, they are proclaiming God’s truth, applying it powerfully to the multiplicity of issues we now face. While loving and proclaiming the gospel, they understand their responsibility to preach “the whole council of God,” including those topics that are politically incorrect, the declaration of which may bring to them before unknown consequences. Yet, they are willing to hazard their lives for the clarion proclamation of God’s truth.

If you have this kind of pastor, stand unequivocally with him and by him. Encourage him to continue his faithful stand. If you don’t have this kind of pastor, lovingly challenge your preacher to take this kind of committed stance. All of us, who are called to pulpit ministry, will one day stand before the One Who placed us into the ministry, giving an account of how we conducted and fulfilled our calling. In all candor, I live in light of this daily. Because I want to please my soon coming Savior, and hear Him say of me, “Well done,” I am unwaveringly committed to the clear, consistent, courageous declaration of God’s truth. It is not a “sharing” of truth. It is a “declaring” of truth. While “sharing” suggests timidity, “declaring” denotes authority. It is proclamation like that of Jesus, of Whom it was said, “He teaches as One having authority, and not as the scribes.”

So, men of God, stand tall, plant your feet, clear your throat, and courageously DECLARE the unchanging, authoritative, life-altering, Word of the Living God. People want it! They need it! And, you and I are privileged to proclaim it!

Dave Kistler
President, HOPE Ministries International/HOPE To The Hill
President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)
Co-host, Stand In The Gap Radio