We officially launched Isiphambano just 8 months ago and despite starting with nothing more than deep convictions, prayer and passion, Isiphambano has flourished. It has increasingly become clear to all involved with Isiphambano just how much of a desire and need there is for a deeply cross-centred and contextual theology and practice of justice within the South African context.
Valued Evangelical Voice:
Isiphambano is increasingly being recognised as a valued evangelical voice in theological and practical reflection on issues of racial and economic injustice. Besides running a number of our own events (such as The Justice and Theology forums, and the Land and Restitution Forum) we have appeared on numerous panels, podcasts, conferences, radio and even television.
Our workshops and experiential learning opportunities have been particularly well received and have opened up a number of opportunities to consult and train with church leaders across Cape Town. Our podcast, Julle Mense, now has over 650 listens and our website receives on average 500 visitors each month accessing our resources.
Our Study Cohort has been particularly encouraging. At the beginning of the year we were praying for 5 people with whom we could run a pilot cohort, aimed at those wanting a more in-depth programme of theological and practical reflection in understanding and applying cross-centred, contextual justice to the South African context. The interest was such that we ended up running two separate cohorts with twenty people across the two cohorts. We are hoping to expand the cohorts even further in 2019.
In Need of Increased Funding:
There is great potential for increased resource development, collaboration, consulting and training in 2019. But we need your help to make it happen. Whilst our financial base of support has grown encouragingly since the beginning of the year, we still remain well short of budget. We are in urgent need of increased funding, both regular monthly donations, as well as once off donations. We need to raise R60 000 to see us through the end of the year and into the new year.
Whilst these figures do appear daunting the power of collaborative giving makes this task far more achievable. For instance, if every person currently signed up to our email list (365) gave just a once off gift of R200 we would easily reach and possibly even exceed our target. It would likewise take only 600 people each giving R100; or 120 people or churches each giving R500; 60 people giving R1000 or 30 people giving R2000 for us to reach our goal.
I think our track record, even in such a short space of time shows that this is an initiative worth investing in. If you have found the work of Isiphambano in any way valuable or if you resonate at all with the vision of equipping the church with a cross centred response to racial and economic injustice in the South African context, please would you consider making a donation to Isiphambano.
If you wish to make a once-off donation, please could you use the reference GIFT followed by your name.
If you wish to become a regular monthly giver, please use the reference MONTHLY followed by your name.
Account Name: Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 070629609
Branch: Victoria Road Service Centre
Branch Code: 020909
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Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Bank Address: 230 Victoria Road, Woodstock, South Africa, 7925
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“As Christians, we are called to be responsible, compassionate, law-abiding citizens who speak out against all forms of evil, including injustices in the world. Isiphambano, a Christ-centred, contextual, evangelical ministry has shown already that it is of great value to the Church in South Africa on issues of social justice, as they do research and make representation, helping the Church think and work through these matters.”
Rev. Dr Siegfried Ngubane,
National Director, SIM South Africa
I’ve been blessed by the work of Isiphambano in three specific areas: (1) The Cohort has introduced me to work of remarkable, Southern Hemisphere-based evangelical leaders and the prescribed readings are engaging and challenging and help to sharpen my theological perspectives on justice. (2) The Podcasts engage Biblical, theological, contextual issues and current affairs in an accessible way, making weighty matters simple to process, and inspiring ongoing conversation within a Biblical framework. (3) The founder: I admire the faith, courage and humility of John Scheepers, a white, male, South African, who is willing to start conversations about the hardest social realities in this country, issues that many other white Christians have chosen to overlook or remain silent on.
International Lead Team and South Africa Country Leader, J-Life Africa
It is with pleasure and enthusiasm that I endorse the vision for Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice. I believe Isiphambano are going to make a tangible contribution to stimulating the evangelical response to injustice in South Africa based upon a sound biblical theology. I am particularly encouraged by their commitment to engaging in theological dialogue within the South African context that will not simply be a “talk-shop” but result in practical and effective evangelism. I believe their approach will provide a strong foundation for kingdom-oriented mission that brings in the fullness and beauty of the Gospel.
Dr Tim Tucker, CEO The Message Trust.
“The Church in South Africa desperately needs tools to help in working out a Biblical and practical response to the deep divisions in our country caused by apartheid. Isiphambano provides a number of seminars and discussions which help churches to do this. I would encourage Church leaders to consider using Isiphambano as a valuable resource.”
Bishop Alan Noble, REACH SA
“The Isiphambano Cohort is a phenomenal space to grapple and grow Theologically with the issue of Justice. The yearlong cohort has helped me fill in some of the blinds spots I have around this critical issue in our time, and it has also informed the way I do theology. I would encourage anyone seeking to grapple and develop a contextual ministry philosophy to be a part of this.”
Grant Porthen, Eden Network Coordinator
“Isiphambano aims to bring the gospel and matters of social justice together. They are prepared to step into this contentious space and stick with the difficult conversations so that Jesus and the Bible are bought to bear on the complicated issues of transformation, restitution, and equal access within our society. This organisation is unique in the South African context and is helping Christians and churches to develop cross-centered contextual understanding and practice of justice.”
Rev. Grant Peers,
East Claremont Congregational Church
It is with real delight that I commend the Isiphambano Study Cohort, which I had the opportunity to partake in this year. I have so appreciated being exposed to outstanding scholarship regarding the history and mission of the church and learning about perspectives of significant evangelical leaders in the ‘two thirds’ world. What was even more valuable was engaging with this material in a diverse group of men and women from different churches across the city. These monthly learning moments were facilitated with skill and grace and the opportunity to reflect on what my theology and practice is in relation to the biblical call for cross-centered and contextual justice has been invaluable.
Leigh Burg, Jubilee Community Church
We had the privilege of hosting Isiphambano for a three-day event at our church in Hermanus and the effect was three-fold. Most valuable to our little diversifying congregation were the stories that our fellow church members were able to share because of the freedom offered by the content. In the area of Biblical Justice where most biblically faithful churches are decidedly grey, “A History of Inequality” was eye opening to what we miss as churches and church leaders. Lastly, the Centre was able to unite a handful of churches in working toward a more faithful outworking of our faith in our which is at odds with itself.
Ps. Wade McComas, Mountain View Church, Hermanus