The Mission of Advocacy – By Stephen Reeves and Katie Ferguson Murray
How do Christians follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbor in the political realm? How can the local church help form members for responsible Christian citizenship? Perhaps now more than ever, many Christians are recognizing the need to engage in advocacy work. If you feel called to lead your church or faith-based nonprofit toward the mission of advocacy, but don’t know where or how to begin, this toolkit is for you.
Based on a partnership between the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, this toolkit offers concrete examples and tips from veteran advocates for leading a church or nonprofit to deeper engagement in advocacy and public witness. By firmly grounding advocacy in the mission work of the church, this toolkit helps pastors and members recognize advocacy as a natural extension of church ministry and includes examples of predatory lending, immigration, and racial justice work.
Stephen K. Reeves serves as associate coordinator of partnerships and advocacy for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship where he works to encourage, educate and equip advocates. He has spent his career at the intersection of faith and public policy. Learn more about Reeves on his author page.
Murray served on staff Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, as the Christian advocacy specialist, and then worked at the BJC to help begin their associate director of mobilization position before transitioning to stay home with her children full time. Learn more about Murray on her author page.