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Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence

The authors of When Helping Hurts have released an additional companion resource to the book: Moody Publishers released Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence on October 6, 2015. Authored by Profs. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert along with Katie Casselberry ’10, the book helps answer the question, “When a low-income person asks your church for help, what do you do next?”


"Virtually every church in North America has the opportunity to work with people requesting money in order to pay their electric bill, to fill their gas tank, or to buy food,” said Fikkert, professor of economics and community development and executive director of the Chalmers Center. “This book helps churches to apply the principles found in When Helping Hurts in such situations, showing them how to move beyond mere handouts into longer-term, more empowering approaches."


Applying the concepts of When Helping Hurts, the new resource provides practical help for churches, diaconates, and other groups seeking to minister to low-income people. As churches and other benevolence groups hear requests for assistance, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence offers helpful guidance along the way.


"We pray that Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence encourages churches in their work,” said Casselberry. “Regardless of the size of their benevolence budgets, local churches have something unique to offer people experiencing poverty. The local church is where people—whether materially poor or not—encounter Jesus’ love, compassion, and transformative power as they are enfolded into the family of God. This book is designed to equip churches with the confidence and skills to walk alongside low-income people in that transformative process."


Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is available on Amazon.