“When Jesus sent the twelve out into the world, his instructions were simple. He told them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal (Luke 9:2), with the implication that to do either right was in effect to do both. Fortunately for the world in general and the church in particular, the ability to do them is not dependent on either moral character or IQ. To do them in the name of Christ is to be a minister. In the name of Christ, not to do them is to be a bad joke.” – FREDERICK BUECHNER
At Knox, we take serving seriously. To be a community of healing in our community and the world is to live out the call of Jesus who says, “Come, follow me.”
As you look at the many ways there are to serve at Knox – in the church, locally, globally and financially – consider where God might be calling you to join us in bringing hope to a world in need.
God Is Not Indifferent
The world is broken and disjointed in so many ways – poverty, racism, violence, homelessness, human trafficking – the list could go on. God is not indifferent to the pain of the world he created and will not leave it as it is. The good news of the Gospel is not about abandoning an old world in pain as we flee to heaven but about an old world made new by God’s goodness and power.
Seek to Bring His Shalom
As a community, we are called by Jesus to enter deeply into the world’s brokenness in order that hope would be rekindled for those who have lost hope. We invite you to join as ambassadors of God’s kingdom who seek to bring his shalom, his wholeness, to a world in need.
Some ways you can serve with us locally and globally are:
- Our Deacons – From the very beginning of its history 2,000 years ago, the church built care for the vulnerable and those in need into the very fabric of its existence (Acts 6:1-7). Our Knox Deacons continue that centuries-old tradition in our community through Local Missions work.
- Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti helps provide primary health care for those in need.
- Family Life Services in Ypsilanti helps care for women through a crisis pregnancy and the first two years after delivery.
- International Justice Mission seeks to address the problems of human trafficking, slavery and structural injustice.
- Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi, Africa, serves the third poorest nation on earth. Check out the blog of some of our Knox members who live and work there.
- Our Youth Ministry partners with Children’s Lifeline International in Haiti.
- World Relief is a Christian international relief and development agency.
“We could cope—the world could cope—with a Jesus who ultimately remains a wonderful idea inside his disciples’ minds and hearts. The world cannot cope with a Jesus who comes out of the tomb, who inaugurates God’s new creation right in the middle of the old one.” – N.T. WRIGHT
Resources on Living Justly
- Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Tim Keller
- Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World by Gary Haugen
- Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America by Ron Sider
- The Just Church: Becoming a Risk-Taking, Justice-Seeking, Disicple-Making Congregation by Jim Martin
- The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perserverance by Bethany Hoang & Kristen Johnson