7 Resources for Smart Charity

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Whether you're just starting to ask questions about your ministry models or whether you're a seasoned "smart charity" practitioner, resources are always valuable. Maybe you've already read Toxic Charity or When Helping Hurts. We've put together a list of some more favorite books and resources we hope will benefit you as you seek to offer compassion and dignity to the poor.  

#1 - Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right

This proven handbook from John M. Perkins is a great resource full of encouragement and wisdom for those working to a establish a community development strategy for their community.

#2 - From Dependence to Dignity: How To Alleviate Poverty through Church-Centered Microfinance

If we consider the international Church, many of our Christian brothers and sisters are suffering crushing poverty. This book considers how the global body of Christ might engage to eliminate poverty in the majority world.

#3 - Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center 

Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, focuses on the power of the cross to transform individuals and communities.

#4 - Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence: A Practical Guide to Walking with Low-Income People

This practical guide was written by the authors of When Helping Hurts to support churches addressing immediate needs while also seeking long-term solutions.

#5 - Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Poverty is shifting. It is no longer relegated to only urban and rural communities. This book unpacks the challenges and offers workable recommendations for addressing growing suburban poverty.

#6 - The Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center is a research and training organization that equips churches around the world to empower people who are poor. Check out their website for videos and more resources.

#7 - Stop Calling It "Short Term Missions." Here's What You Should Call It Instead.

With summer fast upon us, this article helps provide language for our various combinations of service and travel that fill our summer calendars.

This is a list to get you started. We've got more ideas, but we'd love to hear yours, too!

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