What We Do
We aim to encourage and strengthen pastors as we engage, equip, and empower them to impact the culture by mobilizing their congregation to active civic involvement.
Why We Do It
Just as the Apostle Paul instructed the leaders of the early Church to pay attention to their own spiritual condition and the spiritual condition of those they lead, we believe that when pastors are personally encouraged, they lead with greater confidence and boldness. The Body of Christ is called to the “salt and light” of our country. Our objective is to activate Christians in order that we might bring spiritual awakening to our nation. It takes only a small increase in people of faith becoming civically involved to make a measurable difference. If we continue to engage, equip, and empower pastors and their congregations to walk in grace and truth, we will have a profound impact on the critical issues of our country.
“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” (Proverbs 29:2)
We are committed to sharing uncompromising truth with unconditional grace. To encourage people to embrace biblical principles, we must also adhere to the same principles in the way we approach those in our sphere of influence. Please click here to see our full statement of faith and key emphasis. The Acts 20:28 Pastors Network is for churches that agree with these basic biblical truths.
Our empirical evidence shows that when a pastor becomes involved with Acts 20:28 Pastors and Vision America, the average voter turnout of their church is 55% higher than the average turnout of the local community.
John Graves is a husband, father, business owner, attorney, accountant, counselor, ordained pastor, and CEO of Vision America. He has served ministries for 30+ years; spoken to over 7,000 pastors, mobilized them to lead cultural transformation; and created church-approved voter guides micro-targeted to over 7 million Evangelicals.
After studying world religions and philosophy, John dedicated his life to Christ during his sophomore year of college. Ordained by Pastor Jack Hayford, he has served local churches and para-church ministries for over 30 years. These experiences broadened his passion to serve the younger generation, all denominations, and minority congregations with the unique challenges they face.
Once “anti-political,” John felt compelled to get involved in politics after the 9/11 attacks. As he witnessed the secular fundamentalist movement continue to erode religious freedom, he began to create many of the innovative ideas used by Vision America to reach people of faith. John is convinced that when Christians, especially pastors, lead others to become involved in community issues, they have the ability to make a massive impact on the culture.
John’s business background led him to apply business principles, empirical evidence, and measured return on investment to his efforts to activate both pastors and their congregations. This passion for serving people of faith led him to create church-approved voter guides for elections and cutting-edge technological methods that directly micro-target non-partisan voter guides to millions of Christians at no cost to them.
In addition to voter guides, John has used strategic systems and data to produce heat maps of both churches and social conservatives in each state that reinforce the stewardship of each dollar for maximum impact. John’s belief that Jesus gave leaders as a gift to the Church led him to develop Acts 20:28 Pastors, a ministry that offers breakthrough technology to help pastors mobilize their congregations.
Mr. Graves is a board member of Jack Hayford Ministries, an integrated auxiliary of Gateway Church and King’s Ransom Foundation, an organization focused on supporting widows, orphans and the poor. He is also a Strategic Advisory Board member of Turning Point USA (Charlie Kirk, President), a cutting-edge group that mobilizes high school and college students to combat leftist socialism. He serves on several task force committees as an expert on faith, family, church, government, and federalism efforts to protect the life of unborn, defend biblical marriage, and support other moral issues. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
John received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Tyler, his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, and he was selected to the National Order of Barristers. He and his wife, Nicole, reside in Texas with their five children and serve in their local church.