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

by Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert. Moody Publishers, 2015.

If your church does intentional client-based ministry with the poor, how can that work be more transformative for the ones being helped? This guide offers a toolkit to make that possible. The first two chapters address the complexity of poverty issues beyond lack of money, such as broken relationships and oppressive systems. Differences in approaches to alleviate poverty - relief, rehabilitation, and development - are explained. Chapters 3 and 4 provide practical guides for developing a central philosophy of benevolence and creating policies that shape decisions. Particularly helpful is a guide for creating a strategic action plan for clients, to monitor progress toward mitigating their poverty factors. Chapter 5 focuses on areas where the church can develop and increase its benevolent effectiveness. Chapter 6 offers real-life poverty scenarios useful in training teams, including questions to consider for assessing needs. Following this, the author coaches with comments on how he would read the situation and react. Access to this resource and others mentioned in the book is available through an online portal (create an account at {{The Chalmers Center |}}.)