From Dependence to Dignity - 
      Brian Fikkert
      Russell Mask
      Rick Warren

From Dependence to Dignity

How to Alleviate Poverty through Church-Centered Microfinance

; Russell Mask ; Rick Warren (Forord)

Caring for the poor is an obvious priority to followers of Jesus. But how do we help without hurting? Fikkert and Mask's new book, From Dependence to Dignity, explores groundbreaking ideas on how to help the poor through microfinance ministries. Les mer
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Caring for the poor is an obvious priority to followers of Jesus. But how do we help without hurting? Fikkert and Mask's new book, From Dependence to Dignity, explores groundbreaking ideas on how to help the poor through microfinance ministries. The result of years of research, field experience, and prayerful insight, this latest book from the Chalmers Center will empower the body of Christ to make a significant difference in the lives of the poor worldwide. -- Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of and coauthor of From This Day Forward In this highly anticipated book, Brian Fikkert and Russell Mask of the Chalmers Center go beyond the call for charity by equipping the church to respond in ways that make a lasting impact. HOPE International has used the Chalmers Center's training and curricula in our own church-centered microfinance ministries with amazing results, so I am delighted to see the global church being equipped on an even larger scale through this outstanding book and the resources on the associated website. I couldn't recommend it more highly! -- Peter Greer, President and CEO of HOPE International Filled with first-rate theology and practice, Fikkert and Mask present a set of proven solutions to help people overcome vulnerability. Practical and sound, this book encapsulates the virtues of the worldwide microfinance movement. I highly commend it to you. -- Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief This is an excellent book for those engaged in the task of breaking the "dependency syndrome" that some NGOs have inadvertently created among the poor and marginalized that they have sought to help through long-term engagement. The book makes a strong case for the important role of the local church in poverty alleviation by being balanced in how it proclaims and demonstrates the gospel, in the spirit of what true integral mission is all about. Just as Helping without Hurting in Short-Term Missions had a significant impact on the uninitiated "short-term visitors" into the developing world, this book has a message for transforming the "longterm settlers"! -- Dr. Ravi I. Jayakaran, Senior Associate for Integral Mission, Lausanne Movement Churches around the world have attempted to harness the power of microfinance to reduce poverty, empower dignity, and bring Christ-centered transformation to their communities ... but the results are often disappointing. As a Rwandan pastor once told me, "It's hard for a pastor to be your loan shark," expressing the frustration of grace-centered churches attempting to enforce repayment (which often requires coercion-centered measures). In From Dependence to Dignity, Fikkert and Mask have empowered the church with a great resource --- providing a gospel-centered framework, economic best practices, and easy-to-understand tools for churches to use microfinance for the glory of God and the transformation of the world. -- Joshua Ryan Butler, Pastor of Local and Global Outreach, Imago Dei Community church Drs. Fikkert and Mask extend the groundbreaking approach of When Helping Hurts into the practice of microfinance. Their prescriptions remain biblically sound, practically effective, and generously humane --- in a word, Christ-centered. If the Church is going to lead internationally in poverty alleviation that works on the ground, this is the book that must be read first. -- Scott Maclellan, Chair of the Maclellan Foundation Thank you, Brian and Russell, for sharing these stories and awesome resources about the power of dignity. Poor women and communities could have never dreamed how belonging to a church-based savings program could so radically change their lives, their family, and community. This is a book on what integral mission looks like today. This is a book about the Great Commission and how some of the poorest people and churches are loving God, loving their neighbor, and loving themselves through microfinance. You will not read this practical, how-to book just once, but will refer back often to look at models of what Good News looks like to the poorest amongst us and those partnering with them in seeing God's kingdom come in this generation. -- G. Stephen Goode, YWAM Ambassador for Compassion/Justice, Bangkok, Thailand Once again Fikkert and Mask are providing a pragmatic, exciting path forward to help us learn how to meet the needs of the world's poorest people --- without creating dependency. Their solution, based in the local church, is supported by strong theology, real world examples, and practical steps on how to move forward. This book is must reading to understand how to bring healthy, Christ-centered, lasting change in the interesting, complex financial world of the very poor. -- Peter Ochs, Cofounder and Board Chair of First Fruit Inc. I am honored to heartily endorse the work From Dependency to Dignity by Brian Fikkert and Russ Mask. They are making a great contribution to the church and benefiting the poor in the hardest places around the globe. Through the insights of this book, they are --- with sound biblical reasoning and application --- helping us to tackle poverty alleviation in the fullest sense. I am confident that the result of their labor will be helping the Church of King Jesus to be more fully the Church that Christ intended. And their work will help "the poor to see and be glad" (Psalm 69:32). Do yourself, the poor, and your church a favor by putting into practice the wisdom contained in these pages. -- Gary Edmonds, President and CEO, FH/Food for the Hungry
Forlag: Zondervan
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780310518129
Format: 21 x 14 cm
Commended for Christianity Today Book Award Missions/Global Affairs 2016.

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Part 1: Foundational Principles (Fikkert and Mask co-author each chapter) Chapter 1: Microfinance and Integral Mission Chapter 2: What is Poverty Alleviation? Chapter 3: Recalibrating Expectations Chapter 4: Coming to Terms with the Terms Chapter 5: Know Your Target Community (This might become simply a working paper on the website rather than an entire chapter.) Chapter 6: Making Financial Systems Work Part 2: MF/MED in Practice (Fikkert or Mask join practitioners from the Global South to write various chapters. Possible co-authors are listed below.) Chapter 7: Historical Overview of the MED/MF Movement (Mask joined by Ruth Callanta of Center for Community Transformation in the Philippines) Chapter 8: The MF Provider Model (Mask joined by Carlos Pimental of Esperanza in the Dominican Republic) Chapter 9: The MF Partnership Model (Mask joined by Luke Kinoti of Fusion Capital in Kenya) Chapter 10: The MF Promotion Model (Mask joined by Smita Donthamsetty of the Chalmers Center in the Dominican Republic) Chapter 11: Offering Complementary, Non-Financial Services (Fikkert joined by Alvin Mbola of Kenya) Chapter 12: Incentive Problems in Service Delivery (Fikkert joined by one of Chalmers Center's Mobile Training Center Operators in West Africa) Chapter 13: Next Steps (Fikkert and Mask)
Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. “with distinction” in economics from Yale University, specializing in Third World economic development and international economics. Dr. Fikkert has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. Dr. Fikkert is in demand as a speaker and has numerous academic and popular publications, the most recent being When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself.