A referee ensures justice in a football game. We want justice; we need it. If the ref makes a bad call, the roar of the crowd signals they have suffered a great injustice. It’s easy to want justice in situations when it doesn’t cost us anything. The football game will end. Fans will get some pizza and get over it. But what happens when the injustices in the world are far greater than a bad call in a game, when the effect is more than lost points, and when the cost to make it right is more than crying out from the stands?
All mankind is guilty of injustice. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Our sin is an injustice against God. Jesus saw this and paid the unthinkable cost to become our justice: “All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).
The Justice Discipleship Training School is about knowing Jesus. It’s about learning to live justly in honor and thanksgiving to Him. The overflow of this is taking the transforming love, justice, and mercy of God to the oppressed, the victims, the suffering. We prepare for an outreach where we actively take part in the lives of those who need help.
The Justice DTS is for those who want to see God’s Kingdom come.
MEN: The world needs you. Your strength, stability and skills can transform lives! It’s stunning to see how the presence of a man of integrity influences people and gives them courage.
WOMEN: The world needs you. You are capable, strong and compassionate. Women around the world are cut off from society and devalued. You can change this!
JDTS Lecture Phase
The first half of the JDTS involves 12 weeks of dynamic speakers who share relevant and life-changing teaching. These teachings give us the tools to apply them into the world around us.
• The character and nature of God
• Worship and Intercession
• Kingdom of God
• Biblical Worldview
• God’s Word
• Father heart of God
• The Lordship of Jesus
• Holy Spirit
• Spiritual Warfare
• Calling and Identity
The schedule also contains a variety of activities to challenge and strengthen our relationship with God and with others, such as weekly small group interaction, classroom teaching, worship and intercession times, study time, community and base work duties, missions and outreach activities, as well as interaction with the local church and community.
We will be praying about the outreach locations, which vary from year-to-year, as the next school draws near. In the past we have gone to Cambodia, Thailand, Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, Israel and Palestine. Typically teams will focus on one area and serve alongside long-term workers, experiencing and learning more about how to bring change in spiritual and practical ways. It’s a challenging and rewarding time of stepping out in faith.
JDTS Debrief & Graduation
After outreach, teams return to New Zealand for teaching on Calling and Identity as students consider the next steps in their journey. We’ll also take a week to debrief what we’ve learned and then have a graduation and commissioning celebration at the end of the week!
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.