Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God's Shalom

Adam L. Gustine (Author) Dennis Edwards (Foreword by)


Stop outsourcing justice Many local churches don't know what to do about justice. We tend to compartmentalize it as merely a strategy for outreach, and we often outsource it to parachurch justice ministries. While these organizations do good work, individual congregations are left disconnected from God's just purposes in the world. Adam Gustine calls the local church to be just and do justice. He provides a theological vision for our identity as a just people, where God's character and the pursuit of shalom infuses every aspect of our congregational DNA. As we grow in becoming just, the church becomes a prophetic alternative to the broken systems of the world and a parable of God's intentions for human flourishing and societal transformation. This renewed vision for the church leads us into cultivating a just life together--in community, discipleship, worship, and more--extending justice out into the world in concrete ways. Let's hold being and doing together, so we can become just, compassionate communities that restore shalom and bring hope to the world.

Product Details

IVP Books
Publish Date
February 12, 2019
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Adam L. Gustine leads CovEnterprises, a social enterprise initiative of Love Mercy Do Justice, for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is also the founder of Jubilee Ventures, an enterprise incubator in South Bend, Indiana dedicated to extending opportunity, restoration and ownership to the margins. He has pastored multiple churches in a wide variety of contexts and has a doctor of ministry degree from Missio Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ann, are raising three kids to seek the shalom of their city South Bend.
Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards is associate professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. He was a church planter in Brooklyn, New York, as well as Washington, DC, and has been in urban ministry for nearly three decades. He earned an MDiv in urban ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as MA and PhD degrees in biblical studies from Catholic University of America. Dennis has been an instructor of Bible and New Testament Greek at several schools, including Bethel Seminary and St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.