I’ve been waiting to share this with you, and now I finally can! A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to read The Just Church, a new book by Jim Martin from the International Justice Mission. It’s about becoming a risk-taking, justice-seeking, disciple-making congregation. And whether you’re a part of church leadership or a member who has a passion for justice and wants to see your church get involved on a deeper level, this book is a tremendous resource. In the beginning, Martin shares about how the way to really grow in your faith is by taking risks and allowing yourself to fail. He shares practical ways for churches to move from apathy and insulation to caring about the oppressed and doing something about it. My favorite part of the book, though, came at the end.
He shared several stories of churches that were following God’s mandate to seek justice. One of the churches is within three miles of my home. In fact, just a few days before reading this, I attended a service there with a friend. In 2009, an IJM field office director from India came to Martin and shared with him that there was a huge lack of and need for aftercare. Martin contacted Discovery Church and asked them if they would be willing to fund the staffing for the home. In one weekend, they raised $150,000, enough to staff the home for three years.
But that’s not all that there is to the story. It involved a partnership between a ministry in Canada, a church here in Orlando, a church in India, and IJM staff in India. But to get that whole story, you’re going to have to read the book for yourself. Trust me, it’s not something that you want to miss. This book will change you and your church for the good. Because God’s plan for justice is the church. You can get started on that here. And be sure to let me know what you think!