The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets

The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets

by Deb Richardson-Moore


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The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets by Deb Richardson-Moore

Ministry can be messy, complicated, and bewildering. Whether responding to the church alarm mysteriously and repeatedly going off in the middle of the night, firing a kitchen assistant with a habit of buying drugs from parishioners, or interacting with the Chicken-Eatin' Preacher from West Greenville, pastor Deb Richardson-Moore quickly admits that there is a great deal they do not teach you in seminary.

In this frank and engaging account of answering a call later in life, Richardson-Moore brings the reader into the world of her work at the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The result is an honest look at the complications and difficulties surrounding her first years of ministry to homeless men and women suffering from mental illness, crack addictions, and alcoholism. At the same time, it is a humorous and deeply touching account of God’s grace manifested in the most remarkable of ways, whether in the inadvertent befriending of a mugger or in the unexpected witnessing of an addict tenderly washing another's wounded foot.

In The Weight of Mercy, Richardson-Moore weaves a story that is difficult to forget, due both to its engaging characters and also its radical vision of what the Christian church could look like if it truly lived out Christ's command to welcome the stranger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857212290
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,232,272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Deb Richardson-Moore is a former journalist, an ordained Baptist minister, and current pastor of the Triune Mercy Center, a non-denominational mission church to the homeless in Greenville, South Carolina. She and her husband, Vince, have three children.

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Davis Bunn

This is an amazingly well written work, a genuine testimony of hope in the dark recesses of our times. The words are laid out with an artist's precision, and their smoothness makes this not just a powerful read, but a genuine entry into a world we all need to know better. Perhaps the most important thing I can say about this is, I found Jesus in these pages. Highly recommended.

Ruth Graham

Deb Richardson-Moore is one of my 'most admired' people. I love her heart, her experience-learned wisdom, her honesty and her passion. You will praise God for the work He is doing at the Triune Mercy Center.

Will Willimon

At the Triune Center, Deb not only found Christ among 'the least of these,' but she also experienced Christ drawing her into His grand drama of redemption. Here is a loving, realistic account of a life commandeered for the work of God's Kingdom.

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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Deb was a journalist for twenty-seven years and then she underwent training for a Baptist pastor. Later she accepted a position at a rundown inner city church where most of the congregation were homeless. Deb soon found that there are many issues pastors deal with for which they are never trained. In her book “The Weight of Mercy,” Deb shares her story, telling how she deals with the people and situations at the church where she is the pastor. And I was impressed that she wasn’t afraid to work in food pantries or clothing closets or anything else beneficial to her homeless church friends. This is truly an awesome book to give hope and courage to those who feel there is no hope. Deb Richardson-Moore faced challenges a lot of pastors never face, but she feels she is doing the work God called her to do. It is through these challenges that she can present the hope she writes about. A lot of issues she talks about are surprising. One interesting thing I found in it is that the people she thought couldn't be trusted turned out to be the people she copuld truly trust. God actually showed Himself in a mighty way in Deb’s ministry, and I appreciate that she shares that ministry with us through her book. And the vivid details of her writing prove that Deb was a journalist before being a pastor. “The Weight of Mercy” is a wonderful book for any and everyone to read. It can be very important for those who don’t have the things we have. I recommend that you pick up a copy of Deb’s book to read for encouragement and hope for those who need our help.