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Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence

Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence

Author: Steve Corbett, Brian Fikkert

When somebody asks your church for financial help, what do you do? With practical stories, forms, and tools, this guidebook helps you structure and focus your benevolence work; respond to immediate needs while pursuing long-term solutions; and mobilize your congregation to help. Designed for church staff, deacons, or volunteers who work with low-income communities.
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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 you move forward in walking with someone who approaches your church for financial help?

From the authors of When Helping Hurts comes Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, a guidebook for church staff, deacons, or volunteers who work with low-income people.

Short and to the point, this tool provides foundational principles for poverty alleviation and then addresses practical matters, like:

  • How to structure and focus your benevolence work
  • How to respond to immediate needs while pursuing long-term solutions
  • How to mobilize your church to walk with low-income people

With practical stories, forms, and tools for churches to use, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is an all-in-one guide for church leaders and laypeople who want to help the poor in ways that lead to lasting change.

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About The Author

Steve Corbett

Steve Corbett is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center at Covenant College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.

Brian Fikkert

Dr. Brian Fikkert is a Professor of Economics and the founder and President of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland - College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

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