Want to be equipped to do something about injustice?  You’re passionate about the injustice you see.  You know God seeks restoration and shalom, but how can you be part of His work?  How can you help alleviate fear and provide practical direction in the face of injustice?

Introducing Restore 117, the building justice communities conference.

Restore 117 will equip you with tools and resources to immediately return home and take action.  Main stage speakers inform and inspire, while workshops equip you for action.  The conference takes place on June 8 from 8:30 to 5:00 at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.  Judson is situated at the intersection of Interstate 90 and State Route 31 only 27 miles from Chicago’s O’hare airport or by train on the Milwaukee District West Metra line.

We are all called to seek justice.   But often justice intersects with law and law requires expertise.   Rather than ignoring that truth, why not partner with lawyers and legal resources to deepen your impact!  Restore 117 provides practical guidance from the nation’s leading Christian legal aid lawyers.

Who should attend?

ADVOCATES can do something about injustice.

Maybe you are thinking about law or you have an interest in the law.  You know many of the underlying causes of injustice touch on the law.  Money or time may have prevented you from law school.  Maybe you work in the legal field, but feel hampered at work.  You want to see justice roll down like a river.  You want to help people through legal ministry.  Explore what it means to be a justice champion.  You don’t need a law degree.  We can equip you with tools to serve your community.  We can help you gather lawyers so together you can have significant impact.

PASTORS and CHURCH LEADERS can do something about injustice.

If your church closed tomorrow would you be missed?  Are you sharing the gospel in a way that connects with the needs of your community?  Do you want to demonstrate the kingdom?  Then get out of the walls of the church and meet community needs.  Let the community see your good works and glorify our Father in heaven. We can equip you to bring peace to immigrants, love to those struggling with family issues and grace to those coming out of prison.  We can help you connect with students, deepen an understanding of gospel justice in your church, and go deeper in your community impact.

LAWYERS can do something about injustice.

Why of all the people on earth, were you given a law degree?  Only 1/3 of 1% of people in the United States are lawyers.  Yet lawyers wield significant influence.   Why you?  Restore 117 is the conference to explore that question.  God provided your gifts.  God has a bigger purpose for them.  He is bigger than the fear of time and lack of subject matter expertise.  Learn how you can join other lawyers across the country who have stepped out by faith to experience great joy through a well-structured, time-limited, team-oriented legal ministry.    If you are licensed in Illinois many of the sessions are CLE approved.

STUDENTS can do something about injustice.

You know it is true.  You are never too young to make a difference.  But how?  Injustice is overwhelming and trying to do something about it is hard.  You know justice is important.  But how can YOU deliver justice for all?  Restore 117. Whether in high school or college exploring a career in law or public service, or a law student, receive practical guidance and meet seasoned practitioners.  Be inspired to pursue all God has for you now and in the future.  Be equipped with specific resources to take action now.

How will I be equipped to do something about injustice?

Workshops follow three tracks for exploring, growing or engaging the community.

The Explore track will help you do something about injustice.

This track is designed for those who are early in their study and understanding of legal justice issues. The track delivers practical resources while introducing simple ways to get involved in legal ministry.  Workshops include,

  • Living the Gospel through Compassion & Justice.  An actual session on Biblical justice from five session curriculum with video, quiz, questions, stories and teaching.  Each participant will receive a free copy;
  • Engaging Student Millennials through a Justice For All Program.  An actual session on immigration, part of extensive club/small group materials with ice breaker, video, quiz, teaching, discussion and action steps.  Each participant will receive free copy of materials covering a number of legal/justice topics;
  • Legal Ministry in Action.  Take part in a mock clinic to see the roles and understand the impact of legal ministry in a community.  Participants will receive free operational support ($5,000 value).

The Growth track will help you do something about injustice.

This track is designed for those actively engaged in legal ministry – and looking to grow their impact. While specific to legal ministry, some of the best practice guidance is applicable to any other service ministry.  Workshops include,

  • Multiplication through new site locations & growth grants.  Learn how to expand ministry impact through additional service locations including how to know when you are ready to grow.
  • Allowing a strategic plan to drive budget, fundraising, grant request & donor relations.  Learn how to create a strategic plan to drive growth through interactive workshop.  Helpful for any ministry looking to grow.  Guide to strategic planning provided each participant.
  • How to engage volunteers, supporters & the broader community through missional messaging.  Attend an actual session and receive materials for how to introduce your ministry in an engaging way.

The Community track will help you do something about injustice.

This track explores justice issues at a community/macro level. The track provides a helpful primer to those looking to understand and target specific community groups as part of a ministry.  Workshops include,

  • Creating Family Safety Plans for immigrant neighbors.  Attend an actual workshop you can do using the most comprehensive materials available to bring peace and assurance to immigrant families.  Receive a free copy and non-commercial license of the materials.
  • How to help, not hurt, those caught in the family court system.  Receive practical materials to help someone suffering domestic violence, struggling in family court, and wrestling with where is God in the midst of crisis.
  • How to help overcome obstacles faced by formerly incarcerated neighbors.  Learn common legal issues arising from arrest and incarceration including barriers to employment, housing, consumer, driver’s license and more. Useful resources for anyone working with ex-offenders.

How will I be inspired to do something about injustice?

Noel Castellanos

Noel Castellanos inspires us as he leads off the conference with an examination of ‘Where the Cross Meets the Street.  He is a passionate speaker addressing how the incarnation informs the work of justice.  We must follow Jesus into our neighborhoods as we live, love and share the hope of the gospel together.   As an author and CEO of Christian Community Development Association, Noel brings years of practical experience and insight to the stage.

Matthew Soerens

Matt Soerens has committed his life to engaging the church in gospel living as we welcome our refugee and immigrant neighbors.  He wrote the book.  Twice.  His work with Jenny Yang on Welcoming the Stranger has been a resource for churches all across the country.  His most recent work with Stephen Bauman and Issam Smeir titled Seeking Refuge is dispelling myths and providing tools to the global church.  Seek Refuge with Matt as he inspires us to see the opportunity we have as Christ followers to allow perfect love to cast out fear as we work alongside immigrants and refugees.

Bruce Strom

Bruce Strom closes the conference.  An inspirational speaker, Bruce combines his nearly three decades as a lawyer with his pastoral heart and Biblical understanding to help us see the opportunity of combining the gospel and justice.  Author of Gospel Justice, providing help and hope to those oppressed by legal injustice, Bruce provides a compelling call to action.  He encourages us to seize the opportunity to make a difference.  He challenges us not to be a busy priest or judgmental Levite, but to stop and serve the victim of injustice on the Jericho Road.  Will we have the courage to hear Jesus voice and ‘go and do likewise’.

Don’t miss this conference.  Bring a team to cover different workshops and discuss together action steps for restoring neighbors as we seek justice together.  Register today at www.restore117.com.

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