A Bibliography of Mercy Ministry
for the Third World and the rest of us
Here is a
"rough/ in process" Bibliography of Resources on Mercy Ministry that I prepared for my talks for my Ugandan Mission Trip in May of 2005. Note - most of these resources deal with mercy in a North American Urban context - hopefully, many of the principles and some of the practices could be easily transferable. I found the stories of Elisha were especially useful for sermon texts.
See also my related Bibliography on Stewardship and Christian Micro-enterprise Development, as well as my Stewardship 101 and my extensive Missions Bibliography for more resources.
- John Perkins is President of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, located in West Jackson, the heart of the inner city of Jackson, Mississippi, there they have pioneered development ministries. However, their training and influence in the area of wholistic Christian Community Development (CCD) spans the United States, and the world through their efforts in "Encouraging and developing leaders and resources to further the vision of wholistic Christian Community Development and racial reconciliation." He is the author of numerous books.
- Christian Community Development Association - see their www.ccda.org web site for a list of resources.
- Restoring at Risk Communities Edited by John Perkins
This is the "official" handbook of the CCDA - highlighting their philosophy of ministry, as well as practical items such as "how to start a Christian Community Development Ministry" Paperback: 266 pages Baker Books (October 1, 1995)
- Beyond Charity by John Perkins
Probably the most widely known and best introductory book by Perkins. Paperback: 192 pages
Baker Books (June 1, 1993)
- Resurrecting Hope by John Perkins and Jo Kadlacek
Stories of mercy and community development in action from different churches and cities in North America.
- An Article about John Perkin's Three R's approach to Christian community development.
- What is interesting is that doing a Google search for "mercy ministry" you find a significant number of hits on Presbyterian churches (PCA) and ministry. And a number of key books on the subject have been written by Presbyterian men and Women. Here are Biblical Guidelines for Mercy Ministry in the PCA (1987 General Assembly Position Paper)
- Tim Keller is the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, (PCA) , Manhattan, NY. Dr. Keller is committed to helping leaders establish holistic ministries to meet the needs of both the body and soul. This plan encompasses inciting a church planting movement that will spawn dozens of new multi-ethnic congregations throughout the urban area and the world, continuing into the next decades.
- Amy Sherman is senior fellow with the Hudson Institute, where she directs the Faith in Communities initiative. Along with her research work at Hudson, Sherman serves as the urban ministries advisor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, a holistic, cross-cultural, whole-family, church-based outreach in an urban neighborhood of approximately 380 lower-income, single-parent families.
- Harvie M. Conn and Urban Missions. Conn was emeritus professor of missions at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before his death in 1999. He served as a missionary in Korea for twelve years and joined the faculty of Westminster in 1972.
- Bryant L. Myers
- Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development
by Bryant L. Myers
A good book about holistic Christian development theory, theology, and real Christian organizational practice. It introduces a variety of development paradigms and theological reflections about development to those who may never have studied development formally and includes material likely to be new to even the more experienced development practitioner and is especially useful to get westerners thinking about and praying about how much they do not know about indigenous people, their worldviews, the problems they face, and the importance of the spiritual aspects of development work.Paperback: 279 pages. Orbis Books (July 1, 1999)
- Other Published Resources
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