The Institute for Justice Formation
The Institute for Justice Formation @ The John Leland Center for Theological Studies (IJF) exists: (1) to investigate and promote the transformational character of biblical justice for leaders and communities, and (2) to advocate—across all vocations—for leaders and lay persons in public marketplaces and private domains to do what is right and just intrinsically, to be a ‘profile in courage.’ Employing the multi-pronged investigative approach of worship, education, advocacy, and evaluation (plus systemic feedback) pursuant to its vision and mission, IJF will accomplish relevant and evolving goals and objectives through the synthesis or convergence of these approaches.
What Distinguishes IJF
The Vision of The Institute for Justice Formation is to embody authentic truth as well as serve as a catalyst for Biblical Justice in our world. However, our three-pronged approach of worship, education, and advocacy, premised upon God’s revelation of His righteousness and justice manifested as proactive support for the deconstruction of injustice in His world, sets us apart. The call to follow Christ is not all; rather, it is the genesis of everything IJF encompasses—worship, education, and advocacy intended to promote restoration of the oppressed and redemption for the oppressors.
IJF is further distinguished recognizing and embracing other professionals as either called ministers and stewards of God’s justice, or unwitting conduits through which God is accomplishing righteousness and justice. IJF will afford students, professors, pastors, and public servant’s opportunities to engage, learn from, advocate and worship with proponents of what is right and just across all professions, denominations, and cultures.
This perspective will ignite introspective inquiry about the difference between church theology, authentic Christianity, authentic justice, and cultural norms. More profoundly, this information will transform, equip, and energize students to proclaim and perform Kingdom theology.