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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
When a low-income person asks your church for help, what do you do next?
God is extraordinarily generous, and our churches should be, too. Because poverty is complex, however, helping low-income people often requires going beyond meeting their material needs to holistically addressing the roots of their poverty.
But on a practical level, how do you move forward in walking with someone who approaches your church for financial help?
From the authors of When Helping Hurts comes Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, a guidebook for church staff, deacons, or volunteers who work with low-income people.
Short and to the point, this tool provides foundational principles for poverty alleviation and then addresses practical matters, like:
- How to structure and focus your benevolence work
- How to respond to immediate needs while pursuing long-term solutions
- How to mobilize your church to walk with low-income people
With practical stories, forms, and tools for churches to use, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is an all-in-one guide for church leaders and laypeople who want to help the poor in ways that lead to lasting change.
DR. BRIAN FIKKERT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College, as well as a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.
mattparks35Joplin, MOAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Read For Everyone in Church LeadershipOctober 4, 2017mattparks35Joplin, MOAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is a must read for everyone in church leadership, especially deacons. This book is a practical guide for churches to create benevolence policies that not only help meet the physical needs of low-income people but also their spiritual and communal needs. Framing the issue of poverty as a lack of relationship between God, self, others, and creation rather than lack of material resources dramatically changes how a church should approach giving to those in need. The authors assert that godly stewardship requires that churches make wise decisions with their resources by giving people a hand up rather than always offering a hand out. This resource not only provides a theological framework, but it also contains many helpful forms as well as real-life examples. This book is required reading for every deacon at our church. It is a very helpful guide to truly help those in need. I received this book free from the publisher as part of a reviewing program in exchange for an honest review.
Joy5 Stars Out Of 5Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence: A Practical Gide to Walking with Low-Income PeopleOctober 28, 2016JoyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent book. As soon as I had read it, I shared it with a church member friend who is extremely active in helping everyone she comes in contact with and has just been elected to a position of leadership in the Women's Missionary Union in my church. I thought she would find it very useful in her service to the church and others.
Brianna5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Helping Without Hurting in Church BenevolenceSeptember 4, 2016BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I chose to read Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence because I am aware that there are specific skills and wisdom needed for effectively helping low-income people. Authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert did not disappoint in providing a concise but thorough guide for benevolence work.
Corbett and Fikkert open Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence by discussing the foundational forces that contribute to poverty: individual behaviors, abusive or exploitive people, oppressive systems, and demonic forces. I especially appreciated that Corbett and Fikkert addressed the role of demonic forces, as our society tends to avoid discussion about spiritual warfare and the power of demonic spirits. Corbett and Fikkert are also frank about the realities of frustration, weariness, and ongoing efforts of benevolence work, but recommend practices to reduce these symptoms of burn-out.
Readers learn the differences between relief, rehabilitation, and development and are encouraged to utilize two questions when determining the appropriate response to a request for assistance. Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence includes many resources, examples, and stories to illustrate principles. The last chapter in the book also includes training scenarios and questions that address several situations that might arise in church benevolence.
I think Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence provides a much needed guide to assist churches in developing a benevolence program that has long-term effectiveness and sustainability. I would suggest Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence to any churches or organizations that are starting a benevolence program, or persons who are receiving requests for assistance.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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