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

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

by Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett and Katie Casselberry

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… Read more…

Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give

Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give

by Brian Fikkert, Michael Rhodes, Robby Holt and Christopher Wright

The church in the West is rediscovering the fact that God cares deeply for the poor. More and more, churches and individual Christians are looking for ways to practice economic discipleship, but it's hard to make progress when we are blind to our own entanglement in our culture's idolatrous economic beliefs and practices. Practicing the King's Ec… Read more…

Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream

Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream

by Kelly M. Kapic and Brian Fikkert

Western Civilization is wealthier, but it isn’t happier.We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth, but according to research, we aren’t becoming happier. Families and communities are increasingly fragmented, loneliness is skyrocketing, and physical and mental health are on the decline. Our unprecedented wealth doesn’t … Read more…

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

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

by David Platt, Brian Fikkert, John Perkins and Steve Corbett

With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation.Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexiti… Read more…

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy

by Mike McKinley, Mez McConnell and Brian Fikkert

It is impossible to alleviate poverty—in its fullest sense—apart from the local church.In recent years, Christians have shown an increased commitment to helping the poor. But this renewed interest in poverty alleviation is doomed to fail if it is not rooted in the local church—God’s established means of drawing downtrodden people into a transformativ… Read more…

A Field Guide to Becoming Whole: Principles for Poverty Alleviation Ministries

A Field Guide to Becoming Whole: Principles for Poverty Alleviation Ministries

by Kelly M. Kapic and Brian Fikkert

This is not a how-to manual… (it’s a field guide)We all want to know, "How can I help without hurting in this specific situation?" But there’s no one answer, and there’s definitely no short cuts, but there are key principles—or ministry design principles. Think of these like the rules an improvising actor learns&mda… Read more…

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

by Peter Greer, Brian Fikkert and Anna Haggard

Charity and Service Have a Dark SideYou want to live out the Gospel by serving others, and you're willing to sacrifice your time, money, and perhaps even your safety. But do you realize the spiritual dangers you face as you serve? Peter Greer, the CEO of a Christian nonprofit, found that serving others and seeking justice actually did him harm. He shares… Read more…

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

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

by Brian Fikkert, John Perkins and Steve Corbett

Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves.  When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications.  The result is an effe… Read more…

When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience: An Online Video-Based Study on Alleviating Poverty

When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience: An Online Video-Based Study on Alleviating Poverty

by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

Good intentions are not enough.When Helping Hurts offers a different framework for thinking about poverty and its alleviation. Rather than simply defining it as a lack of material things, the book addresses the roots of the issue: broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. Online videos included.Join together as a class or sma… Read more…

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Participant's Guide

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Participant's Guide

by Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett and Katie Casselberry

When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation with over 300,000 copies in print. This stand-alone resource applies the principles of  that book specifically to short-term missions. Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Participant’s Guide aims to train and debrief t… Read more…

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Leader's Guide

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions: Leader's Guide

by Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett and Katie Casselberry

With over 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. This stand-alone resource applies the principles of that book specifically to short term missions. Helping Without Hurting: Short Term MissionsLeader’s Guide is aimed at the preparation and debriefing… Read more…

From Dependence to Dignity

From Dependence to Dignity

by Rick Warren, Brian Fikkert and Russell Mask

The church of Jesus Christ finds itself at a very unique moment in history. The average Christian living in the “economically advanced countries” enjoys a level of prosperity that has been unimaginable for most of human history.  At the same time, over 2.5 billion people in the Majority World (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) live on less th… Read more…