Bridges out of poverty: rediscovering God’s heart for the poor

N.C. BAPTIST PODCAST
November 6, 2017

This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty. Statistics often show that it is quite difficult for someone born into poverty to break out of that cycle in their lifetime. The church is uniquely positioned to facilitate a long-term, multifaceted ministry to build bridges for a relationship that no one else has had the capability to do thus far. How can Christians demonstrate God’s heart for the poor by more effectively helping those in need and sharing the gospel with them in meaningful ways? Dan Collison outlines a comprehensive approach to understanding and alleviating poverty as part of a disciple-making strategy.

Here is an excerpt from this podcast:

We’ll be talking about poverty, and what we might be able to do to impact folks who are living in poverty, with the gospel. The point of what we’re trying to do here today is to give an introduction to a direction that we as churches can move in, for us to better understand what life is like for people living in poverty, and how we as churches can more effectively help and build bridges of relationship across which we share the gospel. How many of you know someone who is living in poverty, have an actual relationship with someone who is living in poverty? How many of you have a ministry that focuses on folks living in poverty to bring them relief? How many of you actually experienced poverty yourself at some point in your life? Historically, Southern Baptist churches tend to be a couple of things. We do have variety and so forth, but we tend to be middle class, we tend to be white, we tend to be suburban. And so we have looked at the world around us through a certain perspective that we’ve kind of become comfortable with, become used to. What we’ve found is that large portions of a great number of those pockets of lostness contain people living in poverty, and the churches that we have currently active in or near those pockets don’t tend to have effective ministries in place in order to help people in poverty and then to see the gospel shared with them in a meaningful way.

by Dan Collison  /  Strategic Focus Team  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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