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A Church for the Poor

This is an honest and realistic look at how your church can reach the poor in your communities, says John Woods


A Church for the Poor: Transforming the church to reach the poor in Britain today by Martin Charlesworth and Natalie Williams
David Cook 191 Pages Price £9.99 ISBN 978 0 8307 7213 1

Recently I watched the film I Daniel Blake, a penetrating look at the challenges facing the poor in benefits Britain. One of the moments of tenderness is is the depiction of a food bank operating in a church hall. Don't we want the Church to be this accepting and accessible whenever someone comes into contact it? This little book goes some way to fostering an environment within the Church that is hospitable to the poor.

Biblically based, practical and sensitive, A Church for the Poor provides stimulus to church leaders to pray and think about how to engage with the poor. 

What I like most about it is how honest and realistic it is. The authors are candid about setbacks but provide hopeful models of how even the smallest church can make a difference. 

Every church leader should look at this book, even if you are live in an affluent area. Sometimes the hardest places to be poor are where everyone else is rich. 

Read the book and ask God to open your eyes, heart and wallet.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex

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