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

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/2014
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
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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 small group to explore how to help the poor without hurting them.

The Small Group Experience, an ideal training resource for small groups, Sunday school classes, and parachurch and nonprofit ministries, utilizes free online video lessons to unpack the basic principles of poverty alleviation in an accessible way. Filmed in the U.S. and abroad, each of the six lessons includes discussion questions, application exercises, and materials for further learning. Join the many ministries and churches that are already implementing these ideas, transforming their culture of poverty alleviation, and moving toward helping the poor without hurting them.

Author Biography

Steve Corbett is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.  Previously, Steve worked for Food for the Hungry International as the Regional Director for Central And South America for two years and as Director of Staff Training for nine years, a role in which he participated in the orientation and training of 1500 staff working in 25 countries.  Steve has a B.A. from Covenant College and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

Brian Fikkert is an Associate Professor of Economics at Covenant College and the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College.  Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics with highest honors from Yale University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College.  Specializing in Third World Development and International Economics, Brian has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development.  He has published articles in both leading academic and popular journals and has been a contributor to several books.  Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Called To More

Unit 2: God at Work

Unit 3: Good Intentions are Not Enough

Unit 4: Joining God's Work

Unit 5: Fostering Change

Unit 6: Getting Started

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