Topic: The Poor

December 16, 2019
Eight Principles for Faithful Preaching Among the Poor

As a middle-class lad pastoring in a housing scheme, I’ve had to work hard at learning how to preach well in this context.

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December 9, 2019
Yes, the Doctrine of the Church Matters for Ministry Among the Poor

If you’re trying to reach the poor, I’m guessing church polity isn’t high on your list of priorities. Here’s why it should be.

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December 2, 2019
God’s (Not So) Secret Weapon to Help the Poor

God has guaranteed success to one institution on planet earth.

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November 16, 2019
Is Our Charity Hurting More Than Helping?

Complex problems won‘t be solved by easy solutions.

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October 28, 2019
A New Website Dedicated to Ministry Among the Poor

20schemes Equip is a new website that exists to resource churches in the world’s poorest communities. I (Ben Hansen) asked Mez McConnell and Matthew Spandler-Davison about the history of 20schemes, what kind of content we’ve released to this point, and what we hope this new site will achieve. When was 20schemes started? Matthew: We launched […]

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February 8, 2019
Why Your Short-Term Mission Trip Probably Isn't Alleviating Poverty

Let me tell you a story about a pastor called John who lives in a small town in Scotland. You’ve never heard of him and you’ve never heard of his community. Where he lives unemployment is high, drug abuse is off the charts, and life is hard and short. John was saved about 10 years […]

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November 29, 2018
The Beautiful Field of Housing Schemes

This is the final section of a three-part series on Theodore Dalrymple’s book Life at the Bottom, which explores the lives of the ‘underclass’ living on schemes. In the chapter ‘Choosing to Fail’, Dalrymple strikes right at the heart of the problems we face in the schemes. Commenting on the many excuses that people have […]

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November 13, 2018
The Death of Dreams and Ambition

This is the second in a three-part series on Theodore Dalrymple’s book Life at the Bottom, which explores the lives of the ‘underclass’ living on schemes and council estates in the UK. Dalrymple’s chapter ‘Goodbye, Cruel World’ is particularly helpful in catching the underlying social pressures of living on a council estate. He talks of […]

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October 17, 2018
Why Playing the Victim Leads to Death and Taking Responsibility Leads to Life

Described as a book that is a classic of our times, Life at the Bottom was first published in 2001. The book informs us that: ‘The majority of the British underclass is white, and that it demonstrates all the same social pathology as the black underclass in America – for similar reasons of course’ (pviii). […]

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October 6, 2017
Lessons the UK Church Needs to Learn to Reach Schemes and Council Estates

Did you know that less than one-third of 18-year-olds went to university in 2016? Even if we include those who took a gap year, that means that about 60% didn’t go to University. Yet, UK evangelicals have a disproportionate number of churches in student areas and planted to reach students. What if two-thirds of our churches were […]

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