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.
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.
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.
Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, focuses on the power of the cross to transform individuals and communities.
This practical guide was written by the authors of When Helping Hurts to support churches addressing immediate needs while also seeking long-term solutions.
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.
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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