Monday, July 23, 2007

How to Go Deeper in Social Justice Ministry?

Kara Powell, the executive director for Fuller Seminary's Center for Youth and Family Ministry, wrote a thought provoking article called "Toward Deeper Justice for All: The Urban Social Justice Report". Since Serve Our Youth Network is all about social justice in our mentoring children of prisoners and with our work with the juvenile justice system I read this article with great interest. This is great conversation starter for those in churches to see how they can have a deeper justice ministry within their congregation. Powell asks some specific questions for youthworkers:
In the midst of the waves of attention devoted to helping the poor, perhaps you’ve even stuck a toe in the social justice waters yourself. But how do you know if your justice work is making a deep impact or just adding a few drops to a leaky bucket? As a leader, do you know what separates good justice work from truly great justice ministry?
This article also includes an assessment that a youth ministry or church can go through. As you read this article, come back here and tell me what you thought. I have been encouraged to see how evangelicals are starting to carry the torch of justice ministry. It is not mutually exclusive with evangelism. I have always believed that the two just run hand in hand. Anyway, what do you think?

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