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Vendor: CLC Publications
Publication Date: 2014
Bob4 Stars Out Of 5One of the least of theseFebruary 25, 2015BobQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A good model for involving the congregation in diaconal/mercy outreach to those seeking help and offering such assistance in the name of and for the glory of Jesus Christ, using deeds of mercy to build bridges to Christ. The author's own life story show how genuine care and friendship in times of being overwhelmed by circumstances can have such lasting effects.
Dale5 Stars Out Of 5I'll read it againOctober 31, 2014DaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been waiting for this. David Apple has put into print a welcome one-two punch: his account of his own walk with Christ, especially in mercy ministry, and his distilled wisdom for churches to engage in the same kind of ministry. Apple shows that the Christian life is not only hard, it's very, very good. He also demonstrates that only the local church, not autonomous Christian individuals, can carry out mercy ministry well. Dr. Apple's book is clearly written and practical, with principles that will guide every congregation into greater, more joyful faithfulness. "Not Just a Soup Kitchen" belongs on the same short shelf as "When Helping Hurts", "Toxic Charity", and "Ministries of Mercy".
Author: David S. Apple
Located in: Philadelphia, PA
Submitted: March 20, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and attended Eastside High, the school made famous in the film, Lean on Me. From an early age I was taught the principles of justice and reconciliation. In 1963 and 1964, I participated in civil rights marches and spoke at youth rallies in support of my rabbi and other "Freedom Riders." As a college freshman, I came to salvation in Christ through the ministry of an inner city church plant in Paterson. I worked in crisis intervention and public advocacy for many years, and then managed a printing business before injuries from an auto accident put me on disability. I have since earned a Masters of Theology and a Doctorate in "Transformation of the Church for Mission." In addition to these earned degrees, I have learned much in "Jesus's School of Life": From paralysis and loss of an eye from a skull fracture early in life, childhood sexual abuse, single parenthood, and loss of job-income-health after being hit by a drunk driver. All of this is to show that "His power is made known in my weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9).
What was your motivation behind this project? Whenever I consult with church leaders, I hear such questions as, What do I do here? How much do I give and when do I stop? How do I love difficult people? How do I avoid burn out? I wanted to address these questions and needs. This book addresses the needs of these ordained servants and others who are actively involved in ministries of mercy and compassion. This book is for churches who are desperately seeking answers on how to do effective diaconal ministry. It is also for anyone who works with people ordinarily stigmatized and who, because of that, are not welcomed in churches. The book deals with the fears many have of coming alongside those in need, and chronicles stories about homeless and addicted men and women, nursing home residents, prison inmates, and others, while providing a user-friendly guide to establishing relationships.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I pray that my biblical and user-friendly teaching will give God's people the confidence and ability to develop new ministries. I hope that learning from my experience they will be obedient in using their time and talent in serving others. My vision is that God will build up and strengthen his Church to be a well-equipped and mobilized force in works of both evangelism and mercy ministry.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This book is a "God-thing." It is only through the Holy Spirit's power that I could gather the themes, thoughts, and experiential memories, and then be able to create and write this. God brought me again and again to the foot of the cross for help and encouragement. All told, He breathed these words in me. It is all of Him and for His glory.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My major influencers are men and women who have served with the poor, the lame, the broken and brokenhearted, the homeless and hopeless. Among these are John Perkins, Henri Nouwen, Diane Langberg, and Michael Cassidy.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have a passion for training deacons and equipping churches for ministry. My greatest pleasure is seeing Christians joyfully serving others and sharing the good news of Christ at the same time. I enjoy Sunday crossword puzzles and baseball. I am a life-time Brooklyn Dodgers fan.
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