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Your Kingdom Come FAQs

General Questions

Why was this partnership developed?

A partnership between FAIR and IJM Canada was developed for a number of reasons. These include:

  • A great desire to provide lift and encouragement to our regions and Fellowship churches by giving a Biblical perspective on justice issues
  • Like-mindedness in beliefs and practice
  • Familiarity with the staff and organization

It was determined that IJM Canada was best suited to provide practical training and offer the best opportunities of engagement practically.

Who is IJM?

International Justice Mission Canada is part of a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.

IJM Canada was established in 2002. In addition to advancing the global mission, it works across Canada to educate, empower and engage Canadians in its mission.

Why should we go through FAIR rather than to IJM Canada directly?

In order to keep Fellowship churches receiving the best connection and resources we ask that you direct all inquiries and funding through FAIR. Our partnership with IJM Canada includes a funding breakdown of administrative costs.

Who will we be dealing with at FAIR?

At FAIR your initial contact will be with the FAIR Department Administrative Assistant (fair@fellowship.ca) who will seek to address your inquiry through a direct response or connecting you with the indicated FAIR staff person.

Who will we be dealing with at IJM Canada?

At IJM Canada, your first level of contact will be with the Church Mobilization team (churches@ijm.ca). The team will work with you to supply resources or to book an IJM Canada speaker for your church.

The primary team of speakers available to present about justice in a biblical context are shown at https://www.ijm.ca/speakers.

Who handles donations and how?

FAIR/IJM Canada donations can be made by cheque, pre-authorized withdrawal, or credit card. Online donations can be made at www.fellowship.ca/makeADonation. Inquiries are handled by the Fellowship National Accounting Clerk, at rheaton@fellowship.ca or 519-821-4830 Ext 227. Donations can be mailed to Box 457, Guelph ON N1H 6K9

Who provides reports to churches, individuals and Fellowship regional offices?

The National Fellowship FAIR department will provide timely reports on IJM partner projects to all donors and Fellowship regions throughout the year.

Benefits to FEBCC

Why is FAIR not handling this internally?

FAIR recognizes the wisdom in accessing external expertise and resources in the field of social justice ministry. IJM Canada can provide components that are not available within the FAIR department. FAIR avoids a duplication of administrative cost to provide this unique ministry through accessing a partnership with IJM Canada.

What can IJM provide to the regions?

IJM Canada staff are available to speak at regional offices and conferences about biblical justice and IJM’s work in nearly 20 communities around the world. IJM Canada can also provide a wide variety of print and video resources on the issue of justice.

Contact IJM Canada’s Church Mobilization team at churches@ijm.ca, for a full list of resources and staff availability.

What can IJM Canada provide to the leadership and pastors?

For church leaders, IJM Canada can provide in-depth training on the topic of biblical justice. This training is delivered through staff visits and a combination of video and print resources. IJM Canada can also provide information for church leaders to distribute to members.

Contact IJM Canada’s Church Mobilization team at churches@ijm.ca, for a full list of resources and staff availability.

What can IJM Canada provide to Fellowship churches?

IJM Canada can help churches identify how to incorporate justice into their activities and introduce practical applications of biblical justice to engage youth and adults in church outreach. Through speakers, resources and exposure to IJM projects, a church community can explore and incorporate justice issues into the life of the church.

Contact IJM Canada’s Church Mobilization team at churches@ijm.ca, to discuss options.

IJM Canada

Why should we work with IJM Canada?
  • Expertise in specified field of ministry
  • Desire to provide biblical training on justice issues
What are the benefits to our churches from this partnership?
  • To educate and inform the Canadian Christian community about the issues of injustice and how this is affecting the poor worldwide
  • To provide pastors and church leaders in Canada with resources that will teach them about the issues of injustice
  • To provide pastors and church leaders in Canada with ways to confront injustice both within their own communities and worldwide
  • To provide biblically-based training that will allow pastors and church leaders to awaken their churches to Christian responsibility to seek justice
  • To provide speakers with expertise in justice issues to work with pastors, church leaders and churches who want to learn to do more
  • To foster specific actions that Canadian Christians can take to fight for justice for the poor, both within Canada and worldwide
  • To reach out to Christian youth in Canada with a message of justice and action that they can undertake within the church to bring justice to those who need it
  • To reach out to the unchurched and welcome them into our churches as they become attracted to the vision of justice being presented and lived out in their communities
Who do I contact at FAIR to discuss how this can help us?

To seek information or direction with regard to involvement in social justice ministry including the IJM Canada partnership please contact the Fellowship FAIR Director at fair@fellowship.ca.

Who to contact at IJM Canada

To book speakers

Church Mobilization team, IJM Canada.
churches@ijm.ca
519-679-5030

To make donations

Constituent Relations Coordinator, IJM Canada
giving@ijm.ca
519-679-5030

To ask questions or order materials

Church Mobilization team, IJM Canada.
churches@ijm.ca
519-679-5030

Scriptural Questions

How does ‘justice’ fit into God’s mission for the world?

God’s original plan for the world when he created it was that all of creation would live in right relationship with Him and each other. Similarly, we are told in scripture that at the end of time creation will be restored to a place where death, sorrow, and all forms of evil and oppression will be removed, and a new heaven and earth will be established. We currently live in the "in between” time where God’s people are called to pursue the goal of making all things right through Jesus (2 Cor.5:19). This includes a biblical requirement to "act justly” (Micah 6:8) in the hope and anticipation of the fulfillment of Christ’s return.

Why should we be concerned about justice issues?

In the scriptures we see that God has a particular concern for the widow, the orphan, and the poor. These individuals are often the most vulnerable to violence, oppression and abuse by more powerful members of society. Isaiah 1:17 is an example of many scriptures that tell us to "seek justice. Encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” The poor and the vulnerable do not simply need practical help with things like food and shelter, they also need advocates who will protect them from violence at the hands of individuals who see the poor as easy targets to be exploited, enslaved and violently assaulted.

How does justice become incorporated into discipleship?

When we read Matt. 25:31-46 it is very clear that if we want to meet Jesus or find him in this world we must look for him in those who are considered "the least”. The marginalized of our world are those with whom Jesus has decided to identify. If discipleship is to help us to grow more like Jesus, then it makes sense that we join him in the circumstances and with the people that he has declared he can be found in. Seeking justice is not simply about rescuing people who are victims of violence, it is first and foremost a place where we encounter Jesus and we join him in his work of setting the captives free (Luke 4:18,19).

Action Questions

How do I start the justice journey?

The beginning of the justice journey must start with the establishment of an understanding that justice matters deeply to God. A re-reading of the scriptures with our spiritual eyes and hearts open to see the weight of the biblical command to live just lives is essential. An excellent resource to read is "Good News About Injustice” by Gary Haugen (Founder and President of IJM). Living justly is not just a fad or hot issue of the year, it is one of the "weightier matters” (Matt. 23:23) to which Jesus commands us to pay attention. IJM Canada also has speakers who can speak at your church and provide that biblical foundation upon which a pastor can build.

What are the steps to becoming a ‘justice’ church?

The beginning of the justice journey must start with the establishment of an understanding that justice matters deeply to God. A re-reading of the scriptures with our spiritual eyes and hearts open to see the weight of the biblical command to live just lives is essential. An excellent resource to read is "Good News About Injustice” by Gary Haugen (Founder and President of IJM). Living justly is not just a fad or hot issue of the year, it is one of the "weightier matters” (Matt. 23:23) to which Jesus commands us to pay attention. IJM Canada also has speakers who can speak at your church and provide that biblical foundation upon which a pastor can build.

What am I committing to? What are the expectations?

If a church wants to utilize the experience and expertise that IJM has built over the past 18 years, IJM Canada would be glad to serve any church that wants to develop its justice footprint in the world. We have found that an effective partnership requires a minimum 3 year commitment, to educate the local church and help them engage in the practical application of biblical justice.

This time frame allows us to journey fully with the church community as they explore ways to incorporate justice into its structure. Moreover, the application of biblical justice, especially in our field offices, can take varying lengths of time to bear fruit. We believe it is extremely fulfilling for a church to see its investment in justice work deliver results, but it may take several years to see these results. It’s also important to us that people do not simply have a ‘spasm of passion’ but are equipped for the long endurance required to bring about real change for the poor and vulnerable.

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