When Helping Hurts: Chapter 3


All quotes from “When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

“Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things into right relationship again.”

“Poverty alleviation is the ministry of reconciliation: ¬†moving people closer to glorifying God by living in right relationship with God, with self, ¬†with others, and with the rest of creation.”

“Material poverty alleviation is working to reconcile the four foundational relationships so that people can fulfill their callings of glorifying God by working and supporting themselves and their families with the fruit of that work.”

“First, material poverty alleviation involves more than ensuring that people have sufficient material things; rather, it involves the much harder task of empowering people to earn sufficient material things through their own labor, for in so doing we move people closer to being what God created them to be.”

“How we work and for whom we work really matters.”

“Poverty alleviation occurs when the power of Christ’s resurrection reconciles our key relationships through the transformation of both individual lives and local, national, and international systems.”

“This implies that the local church, as an institution, has a key role to play in poverty alleviation, because the gospel has been committed by God to the church.”