Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and Theirs is the Kingdom, and founder/president of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies – fcsministries.org) will lead sessions about how we can be in “healthy and life-giving ministries with the poor” at Covenant United Methodist Church at 4015 Corey Road, Winterville NC .
Dr. Lupton reminds us that poor people have capacity and dignity and voice and are people created in the image of God. These characteristics are often diminished by outreach and charitable practices of compassionate and well-intentioned Christians who fail to understand the damage of disproportionate power relationships.
If you have ever had these thoughts …
I don’t want to…
- get stuck in a one-sided relationship!
- feel used!
- enable addictive or irresponsible behavior!
- create dependency!
- always be so cynical about how they’re going to spend the money!
- be taken advantage of!
- just throw money at a problem!
… then this life-giving relational training is for you!
Dr. Lupton conveys that often our efforts to help people in need are actually causing more harm than good — for the ones in need and for those of us left with diminished community relationships and cynical stances toward the ones with whom Jesus says he is found.
Times: Fri, Sep 6, 7-8:30pm, in the worship center, open to anyone and everyone.
Sat, Sep 7, 9am-12pm, in the worship center, open to anyone but specifically targeted towards church leaders, outreach/missions coordinators, and community outreach organizations.
There is a free event.
As pastors, church leaders, and leaders of community outreach organizations, we want people to help others, live generously, and be mobilized into the community as effectively as possible. The morning sessions are intentionally targeted to help leaders structure church ministry or organizations’ efforts in ways that foster long-term development and growth, not just immediate relief. This will be a prime time to ask questions, so come ready!
Child Care is available. For child care registration and more event information, follow the link at Covenant Events.