Profs. Corbett and Fikkert Co-Author When Helping Hurts Resource

When Helping Hurts: The Small Group ExperienceSince Covenant College professors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert co-authored When Helping Hurts in 2009, the book has become a modern classic in the field of community development. Both professors teach classes in Covenant’s community development major, helping students engage with the ideas on poverty causation and alleviation found in When Helping Hurts.

On February 1, Moody Publishers will release When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience. The new six-lesson book offers a helpful guide for Sunday school classes and other small groups, presenting the lessons of When Helping Hurts in a digestible format. The video-based study is paired with six videos, available online at the Chalmers Center. Fikkert and Corbett are prominently featured in the video series, continuing their work to spread the message of When Helping Hurts to men and women around the world.


"Since the release of When Helping Hurts, churches have been asking us for additional resources to help them disciple the members of their congregations,” said Dr. Fikkert, professor of economics and community development. “The Small Group Experience study guide and videos are designed to help Sunday school teachers and small group leaders to facilitate discussions that will introduce people to the basic ideas of the book in an engaging and accessible way.  We are so excited that the same content that we are teaching in the community development major at Covenant College is being made available to the larger church, and we praise God for giving us this opportunity."


When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Brittany Stout

"I love the holistic approach of community development. Although I am only a few classes into the major, it is already transforming my view on life. I also have really enjoyed being taught by Dr. Fikkert and Professor Corbett. They are SO knowledgeable in the field of community development and their passion is contagious."
 - Brittany Stout '18

Chris Carter

"The Community Development program is preparing me for a life dedicated to the work of Christ in a setting that may otherwise be way out of my comfort zone. The classes are beautifully crafted to give you the confidence and knowledge needed to step into the third world, but also instill an understanding of the necessity of humility and an open heart when interacting with a new culture. Corbett and Fikkert, two of the key professors in the major, are extremely respected individuals in their field, yet meet you at such a personal level and concentrate on your personal growth. Never have I been in a position in my life where I wake up stoked to go to my classes, nor have I ever felt so loved and supported by professors who care so much about your dreams and plans for the future. "
 - Chris Carter '18