Christian leaders attended a Premiere showing of The Jesus Agenda DVD last night in London. Leaders of Christian churches and organizations were at the Soho Screening Rooms for a 90-minute showing presented by Joel Edwards of Micah Challenge.
Micah Challenge, Christian Aid and Compassion are releasing the 9-week DVD-based 'The Jesus Agenda' course to Christians across the world. The course explores a Biblical framework for advocacy through the lens of the Spirit's work in Jesus' ministry. It tackles advocacy by grappling with big themes and exploring the Proclamation, the Power and the Promise based on Luke 4:18-19.
Through a unique partnership, the organizers have produced a toolkit to enable churches to move beyond the outstanding work that growing and outstanding churches do on acts of kindness to embrace advocacy. The Jesus Agenda will instead also enable Churches and Christian to speak up and speak out on behalf of the poor - real Christian advocacy in action.
Christian Aid's Dionne Gravesende said: "This is an offering that we want to put out there in the Christian marketplace. We are connected with and united with others with a common vision to see an end to poverty. We need to be speaking up and out against injustice and wrong."
CEO of Compassion UK Ian Hamilton said: “Compassion UK is thrilled to be partnering with MCI and Christian Aid in the production of The Jesus Agenda. We wholeheartedly support and embrace Joel Edwards’ vision for this project and believe it to be an important tool to remind God’s people of Christ’s mandate for truth and justice and our responsibilities towards the poor and marginalized in our global society."
Micah International's Director Joel Edwards is now set to travel to Nigeria and other nations to inspire Christians about God's heart for the poor. He said: "God cares about the 950 million people going hungry every day and the 19 million under 5s who are at imminent risk of death from hunger. The Jesus Agenda aims to raise awareness of God's heart for the poor and how He wants His followers to seek justice for the oppressed."
Groups of churches in 6 countries including Norway, Nigeria, Canada, Hong Kong, UK and Germany will now be 'early-bird' users of the course.
The Jesus Agenda is part of Micah Challenge's wider plan to mobilize Christians to remind world politicians to keep their Millennium Development Goal promises made in 2000 to halve extreme poverty.
Micah Challenge, an initiative of the World Evangelical Alliance, is a global movement active in over 40 countries whose aim is to encourage Christians to be committed to the poor, and hold governments accountable to the Millennium Development Goals, signed by 189 countries in the year 2000 which committed to halving world poverty by the year 2015.