When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself

by Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert. Moody Publishers, 2014.


This resource provides a frank analysis of poverty from a social science and community development perspective, offering a biblical perspective on poverty while offering helpful suggestions.


biblical overview of poverty, micro-development, conversation starters, planning exercises, additional reading opportunities

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Develop programs that address local poverty issues by consulting this resource throughout the process to gain a better grasp on the topic and solutions such as micro-development.
  • Spark a conversation revolving around the topic of poverty by using the conversation starters found in the book.

About the Contributor

Brian Witwer

Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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