10 Things Every Pastor Needs to Know about Helping the Extreme Poor.

This is a copy of a popular post from 2011.


1.       Partner with a local indigenous church.

2.       Partnerships should impact the poor and marginalized; the orphan, widow, refugee, disabled, and disenfranchised.

3.       Partnerships should be holistic:  impacting the physical (food, clothing, medicine, shelter, water, education) economic (jobs, micro-loans, training) and spiritual (evangelism, discipleship, church development) well-being of the poor.

4.       Don’t send teams from your church until your relationship with the indigenous leadership is solid, the vision is cast, and it’s determined how progress will be measured and celebrated.

5.       Crawl before you walk, walk before you run.

6.       If you don’t recognize the American cultural mindset your church brings to the partnering relationship, sooner or later this will derail the partnership.

7.       An experienced Christian ministry can help overcome cultural differences, be the peacemaker when difficulties arise, help keep the partnership focused and away from rabbit trails.

8.       An experienced Christian ministry can also help you broaden the impact of the partnership in your own congregation on all levels, not just the “missions” groupies.

9.       Your partnership should impact every person in the partner’s church as well as in your own.

10.   Helping those living on less than $1.00 a day will powerful challenge and spiritually grow your church members unlike any other activity they will experience.