One thing I love to see is Christians coming together as one body to claim a nation for Jesus. Of course, this doesn’t have to be hardcore evangelism and Bible bashing. There is a lot to be said for social action. In fact, I would say that a significant majority of people are introduced to Christianity through social action rather than traditional soap box bible bashing. And it can therefore be assumed that many people come to know Jesus as a result of Christian social action.
And for that reason, I’ve decided to draw your attention to a great idea which is in the form of a website. JustMap is a brilliant website which aims to bring all Christians together who value social action. JustMap have hit the nail on the head when it comes to the obstacle that Christians who are involved with social action face; there isn’t a lot of networking, support and/or encouragement. As a result, the projects that many are so faithfully serving aren’t reaping the full harvest…
Thousands of Churches & Christian groups across the UK are carrying out worthwhile and effective social action projects supporting people disadvantaged by poverty, sickness, addictions and abuse. These projects are for the most part run by volunteers who care greatly for the people they are trying to help, but sadly these projects often fail to reach their full potential. We believe that they are often hampered by isolation, insufficient volunteers and the lack of an appropriate environment to learn from others’ experience. It is our experience that without support, advice and encouragement many worthwhile projects will peter out, removing the support that clients so desperately need. The site will combat this isolation by helping groups see the “big picture” and providing a place for them to interact with others working in the same field with the same motivation.
JustMap aims to map and connect all the Christian social action taking place across the country. The project’s purpose is to demonstrate the relevance and value of Christian social action to a “post-Christian” society and to become a tool to help projects learn, share and find volunteers. Of course, this is greatly needed in our increasingly postmodern, secularist, new atheist preaching society. JustMap, in my opinion, will be a way of bringing a visible Kingdom breakthrough in the UK. It’s a means to bridge the gap between different churches and organisations.
They have rightly stated that just because Jesus says “You will always have the poor among you”, it doesn’t mean we should sit back and relax! I believe that JustMap can become a launching pad for the Church in the UK to become united in serving the most disadvantaged people in our communities, as they do, if we get on board with this idea. With this aim of becoming a launching pad for the UK Church, they also have the aims to…
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At the moment JustMap is in its infancy. However there are about 400 projects on the map so far. Doesn’t this show what a valuable tool that this can be, potentially? I agree with them in that if the Church is going to “be one” then a resource like this will exist.
I would encourage churches, especially pastors and anyone in leadership roles within the church context to get on board and catch the vision of JustMap. Its high time the Church starts acting as one in terms of basing our foundation on Jesus, and working together to see mission in action, bringing a real presence of Christ’s Kingdom to the UK.
For more information, you can visit their website at http://justmap.org.uk or download the resource flyer:
JustMap Resource Flyer
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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