Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All

Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All

by David S. Apple

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Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All by David S. Apple

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619581746
Publisher: Christian Literature Crusade, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

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

Notes 239

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Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
casiodorus More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.