THE NEED IN LANSING
First, the majority of legislators in Lansing need a personal relationship with Jesus. Just like all other unsaved individuals, this is their greatest need. Therefore, our number one priority is to lead legislators and their staff to Christ. 121 Capitol Connection’s mission is to treat all unsaved legislators first as souls in need of a Savior and second as politicians.
Also, legislators and their staff are in extremely influential positions. Every day, unsaved legislators make important decisions without the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Being a moral, wise, Biblical leader starts with a relationship with Jesus. 121 Capitol Connection’s mission is to build godly leaders by introducing them to Jesus Christ.
Second, saved legislators need encouragement. Daily, these Christian men and women face Biblical issues that have been politicized and continual bombardment from evil voices in our culture. 121 Capitol Connection’s mission is to strengthen these Christian legislators to stand firm on God’s truth.
Not only do saved legislators need encouragement to stand on God’s truth, but also they need encouragement to have a ministry mindset. God has given them incredible positions of influence to be used for His glory. Several legislators have expressed to us that it is difficult to keep God first throughout their terms. 121 Capitol Connection’s mission is to encourage Christian legislators to stay focused on using their positions for God’s glory.
HOW IT WORKS
In I Tim 2:1-4, Paul tells Timothy to pray “first of all” for all men, specifically highlighting government officials, to the end that souls will be saved.
Investing in legislators’ lives by meeting to pray, share Scripture, and encourage. Legislators and staff respond very well to a kind, caring approach.
Dominic is in the capitol multiple session days each week, meeting with legislators and their staff for evangelism and discipleship.
121 Capitol Connection seeks to activate pastors to invest in their legislators for Christ. 121 has a long term goal of seeing one pastor from every district spiritually investing in their specific legislators.
“I've known Dominic Burkhard for a few years and know him to be a man of integrity, vision, and energy. He has a desire to see God's will accomplished and has worked diligently with his ministry, 121 Capitol Connection, ministering to our state political leaders. We need his ministry in Lansing! Please consider praying for and supporting his ministry!”
Pastor Chuck Vizthum
Whole Life Christian Fellowship; Family Research Council for Michigan
“Several years ago, God burdened my heart for those that serve in government. Because I am a Pastor it's hard to find the time necessary to minister in every area that is needed. I'm so thankful that God has raised up Dominic Burkard to minister in this vital area. Many people complain about government but few work to bring the gospel to the lawmakers of our state. I'm so thankful for the ministry of Brother Burkhard.”
Pastor Steve Smail
Lighthouse Baptist Church, Plainwell MI
“I met Pastor Dominic Burkhard at a Legislative Bible study in Lansing several years ago. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work with him multiple times, both in ministering to our state lawmakers and during a 121 Capitol Connection event. I appreciate Dominic’s passion and commitment to minister in this often overlooked mission field. Dominic represents our Lord and Savior very well and has a good reputation throughout the Capitol. I highly recommend supporting this ministry.”
Pastor Brian Ford
Living Word Church, Ludington MI
“I trust that you will consider supporting the 121 ministry of Dominic Burkhard. I first met Dom when he and his pastor came to Lansing with me. Dom is a natural when it comes to meeting and encouraging our elected officials and their office staff. You will be blessed to share in the ministry of 121, getting pastors connected with their elected officials.”
Dr. Tim Schmig
Director, Michigan Association of Christian Schools
“I am so proud to recommend to you my friend Dominic Burkhard. It did not take long for him to impress me with his eagerness and passion to serve the Lord by making sure Christians were engaged in and fulfilling our Matthew 5 salt and light obligation in this culture. He is an answer to my prayers and my vision nationally in creating 121 Capitol Connection in your state of Michigan. I am confident that Dom’s work in this arena will increase the level of righteousness in Michigan and raise the level of awareness for folks in our churches to get engaged instead of sitting on the sidelines as our culture deteriorates.”
President, Faith Wins; Former Director of Faith Engagement for the RNC
“I’ve known Dominic Burkhard for about six years. I found him to be a reliable, godly, diligent worker of God. He has a heart to reach elected officials with the gospel of Jesus Christ and has faithfully sought to do so since the time that I first knew him. I heartily recommend that you consider supporting him in this great ministry.”
Pastor Rusty Chatfield
Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church, Burt Lake, MI; President of the Michigan Pastor’s Alliance
The Burkhard Family
I was born in a small town in upstate New York and received Jesus Christ as Savior when I was seven years old. In high school, God impressed upon my heart the call to ministry. As God matured this call I discovered a passion for the gospel, a passion for America, and an impression that my future ministry would be somewhat unique. In May 2017, I graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Missions Ministry. That June, I accepted a position on staff as Missionary Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church where I directed 121 Capitol Connection, a ministry Cornerstone had recently created. In August of 2018 I married my wife, Jackie, who grew up in Arizona and also graduated from Pensacola Christian College. We have a one-and-a-half year old son and a daughter on the way.
In November of 2020, with the support and blessing of my home church, 121 Capitol Connection became its own 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. My family and I now operate within this organization as full time missionaries to the Michigan Capitol and are sent out of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Swartz Creek, MI. It has been fascinating to see God place me in a ministry that fits His call on my life so perfectly.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Pray for Us
Please pray for us as we minister to our legislators and their staff in Lansing. Pray specifically that God would give opportunities to share the gospel with them through our regular interactions.
Also pray for wisdom to best be an encouragement to our saved legislators.
SUPPORT OUR WORK
We are currently raising financial support so we can continue in this ministry full time as well as grow and expand it to be more effective for Christ.
If you would like to invest in your government leaders for the sake of the gospel, please consider donating to 121 Capitol Connection.
SCHEDULE A VISIT
If you are interested in supporting this ministry, I would thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to present our burden and vision for our Michigan legislators in your church.
Or, of you would like to begin personally investing in the lives of your legislators for the gospel, I would love to introduce you to them in Lansing and give you a tour of the capitol so you can see the need first hand.