Serving and Poverty Resources

In addition to the Serve Denver curriculum, we recommend the following resources for exploring more about the Biblical-foundations for service and the difference between relief work and development.


Book: When Helping Hurts

A primary resource in the development of the Serve Denver curriculum, When Helping Hurts will challenge faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty. It provides a strong theological foundation for effective and holistic ministry to the poor and clear teachings about the difference between relief and development.

Book: Generous Justice

Author Timothy Keller shows us how the Bible's message helps - not hinders - justice and human rights. As usual, he provides evidence in scripture about how to aid the poor and seek a life of justice empowered by grace.

Book: Walking with the Poor: Principals and Practices of Transformational Development

The nature of poverty as broken relationships and the cause of poverty as fundamentally spiritual are the foundational generative ideas for Bryant L. Myers’ book on understanding who the poor really are.

Website: The Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center at Covenant College hosts this useful website that draws on two of the books described above (When Helping Hurts and Walking with the Poor) as well as other diverse sources to provide research and training for churches. Their focus is on holistically empowering people who are poor.