Many Christians treat the poor as charitable goodwill projects instead of as people among whom the Church can be God’s witnesses. Charity and witness are not mutually exclusive. There is a superior way, advocating towards a better quality of life for those who live in poverty while simultaneously using our faith in Christ as the foundation. It seeks to ground our work in the biblical truth that God is bigger than the circumstances surrounding the people and neighborhoods we serve. In this workshop, we will unpack what it means to practice redemptive poverty work, which is creative restoration through sacrifice.
Alvin Sanders (PhD, Miami) is the president and CEO of World Impact. He previously served as a pastor, church planter, and denominational leader for the Evangelical Free Church of America, leading their All People Initiative. He is the author of Bridging the Diversity Gap and Uncommon Church. He and his family live in Cincinnati.