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Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence

How does a church move from writing a check to healing relationships?

In this 150 page, practical book, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert walk us though the why and hows of creating a church benevolence policy and practice focused on changed lives.

Poverty is more than just a lack of material things, write Corbett and Fikkert. Poverty is broken relationships with God, self, others and creation and is best alleviated when we understand what poverty is and what the root causes are.

“If we misdiagnose the causes of their poverty or treat their symptoms rather than their underlying problems, we can do considerable harm to materially poor people in the very process of trying to help them.”

p. 18, Corbett and Fikkert

In this very practical and readable book the authors take the reader step by step to building a benevolence policy in the local church that focuses on transformation. They provide helpful tools and guidelines to put the policy into practice through intake procedures and action plans.

The reader is also guided through what is needed to build your church’s capacity for benevolence. This is not just a committee task but a whole church passion – to be ambassadors of reconciliation and change in the community. This is not a book to read alone, but with your whole leadership team.

  • Online Resources provided
  • 6 week online course available at The Chalmers Center
  • 147 pages
  • Price range $10-12 online
  • Moody Publishers ©2015

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