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.
With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.
With over 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. This stand-alone resource applies the principles of that book specifically to short term missions. Helping Without Hurting: Short Term MissionsLeader’s Guide is aimed at the preparation and debriefing of short-term missionaries. Accompanying Helping Without Hurting: Short Term Missions Participants’ Guide, it is an ideal resource for church leaders, missions pastors, and youth pastors who make short-term missions planning decisions and desire to prevent inadvertent harm as they enter materially poor communities. With direction for designing STMs well in light of the principles of When Helping Hurt, practical examples from short-term trips to illustrate those principles, and suggested resources for further learning and implimentatin, this guide is an all-in-one manual for leaders. Plus, it shows the content of the participant’s guide with annotation and teaching notes to guide leaders as they facilitate sessions with participants.
Recipient of Christianity Today's Award of Merit in Politics and Public Life, 2016 ------ What will rule our hearts: fear or compassion? We can’t ignore the refugee crisis—arguably the greatest geo-political issue of our time—but how do we even begin to respond to something so massive and complex? In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide to the issue. Who are refugees and other displaced peoples? What are the real risks and benefits of receiving them? How do we balance compassion and security? Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, many personal stories, and their own unique Christian worldview, the authors offer a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Every day we witness the impact of poverty, injustice, disaster, and disease. Our desire as followers of Christ is to respond with compassion, love, and grace. In recent years, the church has responded in an unprecedented way to the needs in the world. Still, we see little in the way of true progress and transformation. In addition, despite our good intentions, we may be doing more harm than good. Speaking from his experience as a mission mobilizer, John Bailey shares real-life stories from the journey. Stories of success and failure reveal that a better way is not only possible, but it is within reach. Journey to a Better Way seeks to investigate some of the core reasons why we do not have the impact we hope to have when we face these social, physical, and spiritual ills. Looking through the lens of the Wesleyan mission heritage, Journey to a Better Way explores correct motives, healthy mission models, and unity in the body of Christ as critical areas to consider if we hope to perform better missions.
"This is a practical book, clear and succinct. . . . Wherever learning is not purely cognitive there is risk. And where there is risk a guide is welcome. This book claims to be such a guide and the claim is justified." --Groupwork "If you ascribe to their approach and have found it useful in the past, this book is for you. . . . This book will introduce and orientate you to the history of laboratory training methods, the educational philosophy on which they stand, and how practitioners of this field work with and deal with stress reactions in groups. . . . In this regard--for a select audience--the book is excellent. It certainly meets the author's desire to serve as: "a reference, a refresher, an institutional aid, a frame of reference, or conceptualizing aid.' . . . In terms of humanising and imaginatively using a cognitive approach to the small group the authors excel. The language is inviting and the text illuminates the authors' world view. . . . For those who wish to explore or pursue the model described and hear from practitioners immersed in the field, I fully commend this work." --Management Education & Development Laboratory education for the purpose of raising awareness is an important form of emotional learning. By studying individual reactions during affective education sessions, the trainer or facilitator is able to lead the group to greater self awareness. The Small Group Trainer's Survival Guide is designed for the leaders of training groups who need to know how to deal with the participants' emotional reactions. Embarrassment, anger, fear of failure, anxiety about authority, and many other emotions are considered in this important volume. The authors skillfully guide readers through the laboratory education process, highlighting its theoretical foundations and the role of the trainer, as well as the recognition, prevention, and management of distress reactions in a group setting. Illuminating case studies provide lessons for thinking through effective interventions. Depending on one's skill in laboratory education, this volume serves as a reference, a refresher, an instructional aid, or a conceptualizing aid for experienced or novice trainers. All who use experiential, affective methods in learning--in classes, workshops, laboratories, or other settings--will find much of value in The Small Group Trainer's Survival Guide.
Author: John O. Burtis
Release Date: 2005-09-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Group Communication Pitfalls: Overcoming Barriers to an Effective Group Experience treats groups and the work involved in grouping as useful tools humans have developed for responding to pressures or demands faced by group members. This book assumes an orientation that expects and detects group pitfalls as they arise, providing students with the foundation for overcoming barriers to effective group experiences. By assuming this orientation, authors John O. Burtis and Paul D. Turman offer readers a map of the group pitfall terrain and demonstrate how people working well together can use the struggle against such pitfalls to improve their groups.
Author: Eric Tooker
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release Date: 2005-02-01
Being part of a small group can be a bit like climbing a mountain - it has risks but the payoff is immense. That is why Trent, Cox, and Tooker have styled this second book in the Leading From Your Strengths series like a mountain climbing expedition. Just like climbing Mount Everest, climbing the mountain to intimacy in your small group involves five stages, or camps. You begin at your "base camp" commitment, and then move through the various stages of honesty, acceptance, closeness, and finally the mountain's peak of intimacy. Once again, the Ministry Insights team will be your expedition guide on your climb as you learn to leverage your strengths for effective and successful small group experiences.
Updated with new photographs and fresh content, a top-selling reference for early-childhood-development professionals shares inspirational ideas for staging nurturing learning environments and includes suggestions for using repurposed materials. Original. 15,000 first printing.