The Bible tells the story of eternal redemption and how God takes the trauma and brokenness of the redeemed and transforms them into gifts for His use in ministry. Not Just a Soup Kitchen is the story of how God transformed the life of the author from near-death skull fracture, childhood sexual abuse, thoughts of suicide and spiritual bankruptcy to becoming the minister of mercy at an historical church in the heart of Philadelphia. It is also an instructional guide for diaconal ministry and for those who are called to serve in mercy and compassion ministries in their local church.
|Publisher:||Christian Literature Crusade, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
1 A Journey from Death to Life 9
2 The Heart of a Servant 23
3 ACTS - Active Compassion Through Service 35
4 People and Choices - Serving the Addict 61
5 Those Who Serve and Why They Do 69
6 Unwrapping the Graveclothes 79
7 You Don't Have to Reinvent the Wheel 93
8 Setting Limits in Ministry 107
9 The Role of the Deacon in the Reformation and Today 121
10 Serving in Specific Situations 155
11 Frequently Asked Questions 175
Appendix A Resources 195
Appendix B Guidelines for Deacons 197
Appendix C Sample Talent Survey 205
Appendix D Servant Leaders 207
Appendix E Scripture Passages for Deacons 225
Appendix F Bibliography 235
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been waiting for this. David Apple has put into print a welcome one-two punch: his account of his own walk with Christ, especially in mercy ministry, and his distilled wisdom for churches to engage in the same kind of ministry. Apple shows that the Christian life is not only hard, it's very, very good. He also demonstrates that only the local church, not autonomous Christian individuals, can carry out mercy ministry well. Dr. Apple's book is clearly written and practical, with principles that will guide every congregation into greater, more joyful faithfulness. "Not Just a Soup Kitchen" belongs on the same short shelf as "When Helping Hurts", "Toxic Charity", and "Ministries of Mercy".
NOT JUST A SOUP KITCHEN is for churches who are desperately seeking answers on how to do effective diaconal ministry. It is also for anyone who works with people ordinarily stigmatized and who, because of that, are not welcomed in churches. The book deals with the fears many have of coming alongside those in need, and chronicles stories about homeless and addicted men and women, nursing home residents, prison inmates, and others, while providing a user-friendly guide to establishing relationships. Having read much past and current literature, this book is set apart from the others in its hands-on, practical, experientially based advice.