We recognize the essential role of the local church in God’s restorative plan for the world, and that unique missionary forms of the Church are equally essential. We are convinced that missional expressions of the local church among the poor, marginalized, and under-served are needed if those far from God are to have any hope of moving toward a relationship with Jesus.
Missions is the reason for the church’s existence. What has been called “the Great Commission,” the task of evangelizing the world, was given to the church and thus became its great work.
We partner with the local church in training, equipping, resourcing, and mobilizing missions movements that are geared toward at-risk youth, disadvantaged children, and under-served communities.
We strive continually to understand systemic causes of delinquency and poverty and then combat those causes through ministries of reconciliation. We believe that ministry with the poor begins by listening to and learning from those affected by poverty, those with firsthand knowledge of the plight and potential solutions. There are many efforts in the past that have not worked and much money gone to waste because general principles for stewardship among the poor were unknown or ignored—as Steve Corbett has asserted with scriptural clarity in his book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor.
What YOU can do to become a responsible missionary among the poor:
- Get proper training in poverty alleviation efforts. (Contact us for resources)
- Learn as much as you can about your community’s unmet needs and pray about where God would have you focus.
- Find out what other ministries, churches, or organizations exemplify some of the “best practices” in that type of ministry. (Contact us for referrals)
- If you are going on a short-term mission trip among the poor, make sure your team is trained effectively. Training includes ways to prevent hurting those you are actually trying to help. (We can help you with that!)
- Formulate a plan with your church about providing a sustained, long-term strategy to serve the marginalized in your community.
- Invite one of our speakers to come to your church to talk about poverty alleviation. We cover theological foundations for missions, proven strategies for ministering to the under-served, and innovative ideas.