Effective Mission Work: Empowering Those We Serve

Effective Mission Work: Empowering Those We Serve

This resource list was developed to supplement the 2014 workshop, Effective Mission Work: Empowering Those We Serve, led by Robert D. Lupton, a leader in Christian community development.

Corbett, Steve and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting The Poor and Yourself. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2012.
This book addresses the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.

Lupton, Robert. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2011.
Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton discusses negative effects that modern charity has upon the people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Lupton urges individuals, churches and organizations to step away from spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development.

Lupton, Robert. Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2007.
This is a candid but practical book on effective service in poverty communities. If the church is to be an effective agent of compassion and justice, Lupton contends we must change our mission strategies. He asks tough questions about service providing and community building.

Kretzmann, John and John McKnight. Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing A Community’s Assets. Chicago, IL: ACTA Publications, 1993.
This is a timeless text on asset-based community development (ABCD). This guide summarizes lessons learned by studying successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of neighborhoods across the U.S. It outlines what local communities can do to start their own journeys down the path of asset-based development.