"This book is a thorough and comprehensive description of a program in which I participated as a congregational pastor. Moving beyond pure theory, this book shows the experienced reality of faith-based organizing. The coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, and racial strife since this experiment only serve to show how much more necessary is the need to end poverty in America. Faith-Based Organizing shows interested congregations everything they need to know to start."
Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty
The authors share the fruits of what they discovered--through both their successes and errors--about community life inside and outside the church. They make a strong case that people of faith can address and overcome poverty, because they have what is needed to do so. They identify the available resources in the local church and offer tools for building relationships with leaders in a local community where there are people in poverty. They invite congregations to initiate local partnerships that include a congregation, people in poverty, and community leaders to advocate for change that can overcome poverty.
This book presents a faith-based effort seeking to identify what sustains poverty and to organize people to work together to overcome its root causes. The result is collaborative relationships that change systems contributing to poverty. Within this process, new leadership will emerge, relationships will be enriched, and congregations will experience renewed love for people by undergoing transformation.
Includes helpful information on racism and the culture of poverty, as well as numerous forms and activities that can be used by local congregations and planning teams.