By Andy Hale
America is changing. Depending on who you are and what change you do or do not want to see, the talk of change will either bring about great anxiety or excitement.
The change we are seeing is the result of an exhaustion to the all too frequent mass shootings, sexual harassment, and systematic racism. Again, that statement alone will either bring a response of resentment or amen.
One of the greatest displays of national change took place in the election and re-election of Barak Obama to the presidency. Starting at the grassroots level and eventually to the national conversation of this change was Michael Wear.
Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign and was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history.
In the White House, Michael lead evangelical outreach and helping manage the White House’s engagement on religious and values issues. This included adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.
This summer, we invited Michael to our annual General Assembly for a workshop and a podcast interview about his experience and his current work.
Upon leaving the White House, Wear founded the Public Square Strategies, a consulting firm that helps businesses, non-profits, foundations, and Christian organizations at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start speacialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy