For over a decade, WallBuilders has brought ministers from across the nation to Washington, D. C., for exclusive briefing sessions with some of the top Christian Senators and Representatives now serving in Congress. The Members brief pastors on a variety of issues related to Biblical values and share their hearts regarding their personal faith and its application in public office. Additionally, the Members impart practical information for pastors to carry home and implement in their communities and congregations.
In conjunction with the Briefings, participants enjoy a private, evening Spiritual Heritage Tour of the United States Capitol with David Barton, hosted by a Member of Congress. Attendees are inspired by the many Godly heroes honored throughout the building as David brings new life and perspective to the rich, spiritual history represented throughout this great building, covering artifacts and rooms usually not seen on public tours of the Capitol.These events are truly inspiring and you will be blessed!
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no charge for the Briefing; however, all attendees are responsible for arranging and booking their own travel and accommodations.
The Briefing will kick off on Tuesday evening with the Capitol Tour from 6PM-9PM. Events on Wednesday will run from 8AM-5PM. See the Travel Tips page for flight itinerary suggestions.
While we offer All-Inclusive Briefings to pastors and ministers from a variety of denominations, we also periodically offer specific Briefings, including our African American Pastors Briefing, Student Leadership Briefing, and Military Chaplains Briefing. 2015 dates have been posted.
The briefings for 2017 are being held on September 12-13, 2017.
This is a unique educational and informative opportunity for ministers to hear from the hearts of some of the top Christian congressional leaders in the country. Our hope is that you will return home encouraged and educated about the issues of the day that affect faith and family and that you will be inspired to share with your congregations what they may do to take a more active role in the political process.
We invite spouses to participate with the pastor; however, due to limited space and the nature of this event, children and additional family members are not encouraged to attend.
Business casual for Tuesday evening (no tie) and business dress for Wednesday (suit/tie).
Please allow plenty of time for travel on Tuesday so that you can check into your hotel before the Capitol Tour as there is not a place to store luggage during the Tour.
WallBuilders will provide lunch on Wednesday.
Due to the layout of Washington, DC, much, much walking is to be expected. All of the buildings are wheelchair accessible, but if you have a question regarding you ability to participate, please let us know.
WallBuilders Briefing policy prevents attendees from distributing gifts or flagging down the speakers before or after their presentation during the Briefing. Direct contact with the speakers needs to be arranged with that speaker’s office prior to your visit. (This means no “pictures in the hall”!)
While photos are welcomed and encouraged for both the Capitol Tour and Briefing session, please remember that our policy does not allow for personal photos with any of the speakers. Arrangements for personal photos must be prearranged and confirmed through that individual speakers office and may not take place during the WallBuilders Briefing session.
Due to the sensitive nature of the Briefing session, audio/video recording is not permitted. However, snapshot cameras are welcome.
You are welcome to bring your video recorder along for the Capitol Tour; however, WallBuilders offers an identical 2 hour Spiritual Heritage of the United States Capitol video/DVD for sale and you will most likely enjoy the Tour and the experience inside the Capitol if you are not peering through a viewfinder!
We hope that this information is helpful! However, if you have additional questions, please contact Misty Huddleston.
“I wanted to thank you for inviting us to the Congressional Pastors’ Briefing in Washington D.C. It was wonderful! What a thrill to meet so many men and women of faith serving in Congress . And what a treat to get that behind the scenes tour with David and his wife. It was something that we will not forget. It was informative, inspiring, and motivating. Thank for blessing us!”
“Thanks for the ‘over the top’ presentation of the Pastors’ Briefing and the Spiritual Heritage Tour of the Capitol. I came to Washington frustrated and depressed over 2012 politics. I left energized, refreshed, and ready to take up the cause, in His name! I was revived in spirit to meet political leaders who have the same core beliefs and passions for this great nation.”
“Thank you for the efforts and commitment to bring pastors to Washington D.C. Both my son and I walked away changed from the experience. If there is one powerful moment that I had, it was when the Holy Spirit spoke to me about becoming that Ezra to help Nehemiah to rebuild the wall. As a pastor, superintendent of schools, and board member of several organizations, I’m committed to bring the revelation of the Godly heritage we have as citizens of the United State of America.”
“We came home encouraged to the max and also challenged to live our faith and communicate God’s Word to our people in a way that is effective.”
“It was jammed pack with powerful speakers, great information, and much more than we ever expected. Powerful, powerful event.”
“Thank you all so much for our most blessed evening tour and informative day! I can not say enough about how excellently the whole two days are run.”
“The spirit of excellence in which the Briefing was done surely evident! We are inspired and will take the gained wisdom back to our communities and watch God show Himself strong.”
“It was a tremendous spiritual blessing for me to hear David and gain new appreciation for our Godly heritage. As I walked the halls of the Capitol building again, my heart was flooded with joy and thanksgiving to God who has kept our nation these many years. I just want you to know how meaningful the tour was.”
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Washington Reagan National (DCA) is the closest airport, located about 15 minutes from Capitol Hill.
Baltimore Washington International (BWI) and Washington Dulles International (IAD) are each about 45-50 minutes away. Depending on the cost of airfare, it may be cost-effective to fly into BWI or IAD and take a cab to DC. (Factor in a cab fare of about $50 each way.)
*Note: If departing Washington on Wednesday evening, make sure that plane reservations are not scheduled for earlier than 7:00PM to avoid missing the conclusion of the Briefing.
Cabs, cabs, cabs!!! If you are flying in, we strongly recommend that you do not rent a car. Parking on Capitol Hill is unreliable and can be a nightmare. Fortunately, taxis are in abundance and the drivers are familiar with the buildings you will be visiting. These provide a very economical and stress free way to get around.
However, if you are driving into the District, we recommend that you park at Union Station and take the Metro down to the Capitol South stop (there is virtually no parking around the Capitol). When you exit at Capitol South, you will be directly behind the Cannon House Office Building and across the street from the Capitol.
Metro is a fantastic mode of transportation and highly recommended. The Capitol South stop will deposit travellers at the appropriate location for then walking over to the House Office Buildings.
It is very, very important to book hotels early as area hotels fill quickly, forcing you outside the city. If possible, stay close to Capitol Hill; we will be gathering early on Wednesday morning and this will ensure that you are not delayed as a result of rush hour traffic.
Most of our meetings are on the South or East side of the Capitol. If you are planning on staying further out and riding the Metro, the Capitol South Metro stop is on the Orange and Blue Line.
The following are hotels on or near Capitol Hill; Capitol South Metro stop is a great resource for finding information on hotels in the area: