The Vineyard Justice Network exists to empower Vineyard pastors and leaders to pursue and enact the justice of God’s kingdom. VJN focuses on the interconnectivity of freeing slaves, ending poverty, and tending creation. We believe that all Vineyard churches should have these values ingrained in their DNA.
Questions that guide our work:
- How is fighting human trafficking connected to ending poverty?
- How are root causes of poverty connected to caring for the environment?
- How does environmental stewardship prevent human trafficking?
- What does it look like and mean for the exploited to lead the way in ending exploitation?
By connecting the dots between these key issues of structural injustice and leadership, we will foster depth in our dialogue, ask better questions, and challenge ourselves to empower the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed to lead the way in our common struggle to participate in and enact the kingdom of God today. We hope to empower the trafficked to lead the way in ending trafficking, the homeless to lead the way to ending homelessness, the undocumented immigrant to lead the way in immigration reform.
VJN (which began as Vineyard Anti-Slavery Team) brings together the wisdom of our shared experience in serving and standing in solidarity with the poor and the least-of-these. We offer holistic wisdom to all our churches, along with many easily-accessed resources for getting started and growing with a missional, kingdom-centered approach.