Food in our society is a chronic poverty need, not a life-threatening one. And when we respond to a chronic need as though it were a crisis, we can predict toxic results: dependency, deception, dis-empowerment.

Bob LuptonAuthor | Toxic Charity

Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus' death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again.

Brian FikkertAuthor | When Helping Hurts

There’s a belief if we rethink our decades old systems that’s been proven not to work that people will die from hunger, lack of clothing and material deficiency. This idea is absolute nonsense.

Jeff MintonExecutive Director | Clean Socks Hope
Where Dignity Steps into Transformation

Build Capacity Not Dependency

When we give to someone in need, we do one of two things. Our gift can build their capacity, creating dignity and making them stronger and healthier. On the other hand, our gift, though heartfelt and sincerely given, can create dependency on others for their growth, health and development. Our gift can actually keep them stalled in a place of helplessness.

Do With Not Do For

When investing long-term, you’ll find that doing urban ministry with someone is much better than doing it for someone. It’s the difference between relief (doing for people) and development (doing with people). Over and over again, we step in, take charge and do things for people who are quite capable of doing those very things for themselves. This approach (offering relief when development is needed) hasn’t helped. In fact, it has done quite the opposite.

Doing for people, rather than doing with people, is almost always the wrong choice. Granted, there are times when relief (crisis) is necessary. We should be ready to do whatever we can to help. But we must learn to keep our emotions in check and remember the bigger picture. If we are truly interested in transformation, then we will stop doing for people and start doing with people.

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Midtown Hopefest
Midtown Hopefest

8:00AM: The Midtown Color Dash 5K: At Cardinal Ritter Park 1218 E. Oak Street New Albany, IN 47150. Packet pickup: 8:00 AM Dash begins at: 10:00AM. A family-friendly, untimed 5K, who welcomes all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. Start white (we provide the Tee), and at each kilometer add blue, sprinkle green, splash yellow, spray

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So what’s the deal committing to one church?
So what’s the deal committing to one church?

So what’s the big deal about joining and committing to one church? At Midtown we usually declare ourselves as “First Century Christians,” but what’s that really mean? Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11-12, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service,

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Where Dignity Steps into Transformation
Where Dignity Steps into Transformation

There is a belief if we rethink our decades old systems that’s been proven not to work that people will die from hunger, lack of clothing and material deficiency. This idea is absolute nonsense. Let me repeat that, the idea of this is nonsense. We, in some circles, are not well liked or received. Not

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