Over the past several months, the Fellowship Foundation (also referred to, inappropriately, as "The Family"), its leadership, and its activities have come under intense scrutiny in the press. That these good people have any agenda of theocratic control of the U.S. Congress, the military or the entire government, as alleged in some recent news reports, is preposterous.

They are not a secretive organization—such as a Christian Mafia—with a plan to do anything other than help people follow Jesus.

As a non-profit organization, the Fellowship Foundation serves as an administrative umbrella for more than 200 ministries in the United States and around the world. The broader "fellowship" is an association of friends who have a commitment to follow Jesus and stay relationally connected, whether or not they are formally connected through a ministry organization. The essence of their teaching is to encourage love for God and others, always in keeping with biblical principles. Some of the ministries focus on student leadership development, others on helping the poor in Africa or Haiti, and others on widows and orphans.

The ministry to Members of Congress through the Congressional Prayer Groups, understandably, often receives a disproportionate amount of attention. Another ministry administers the National Prayer Breakfast. This annual event started during the Eisenhower Administration, when the House and Senate Prayer Groups joined together to invite the President for breakfast and prayer. Since that time it has evolved to include other national and international legislative prayer groups, heads of state, and leaders from all walks of life. The Fellowship Foundation administers this event on behalf ...

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