Josh Butler is Imago’s Pastor of Global Outreach. He and his wife, Holly, have attended Imago since 2001. Josh graduated with a bachelor’s in International Studies and History from the University of Oregon, before earning an M.Div in Theological Studies from Multnomah Seminary. He has worked with communities around the world on matters like indigenous land-rights, the development of clean water supply, and cultural exchange between international churches. Josh enjoys reading, running, guitar, talking theology over coffee, and exploring creation with Holly and friends.
See Josh elsewhere:
• Twitter Account
• Imago Dei Community – Website
• Imago Dei – Twitter
How do I talk to my missionary relatives about valuing justice over evangelism?
“I wouldn’t have a whole lot of hope,” says Brian, a member of Josh Butler’s Panel at The Justice Conference 2012. But most missionaries that intend to pursue converts in the third world realize very quickly the dire need for justice and relief and jump in to serve. “They learn on their own. They can’t deny that lesson.” It can be difficult to persuade someone that evangelism alone is not a complete picture of true mission work; sometimes people simply have to learn that on their own.
How Do We Address Both Domestic And International Need?
“We are a part of this international body of Christ,” explains Josh Butler, Pastor of Mission at Imago Dei Community in Portland, “We have brothers and sisters who are stepping into some of the toughest cracks and margins of our world.” Imago Dei seeks to partner with those missionaries in that facet. We also had a season of repentance where we realized we were not recognizing what was happening in our own city.
More Josh Butler Videos
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Are there resources for U.S. churches to partner overseas?
Being a Christian in a Non-Believing Family
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