Our Leadership Team for 2017/18 is reading Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement (2014) by Michael Frost

The church is to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world, showing and telling the kingdom of God. But this incarnational mission is challenged by numerous “excarnational” forces, pulling us ever inward and selfward. In this prophetic cultural study missiologist Michael Frost helps us find our way back into the mission of God.

When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they’re trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

Title: When Helping Hurts – How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor… and yourself

Author: Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Year: 2009, 2012

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission

Title: Troubled Minds – Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission

Amy Simpson calls the church to a renewed commitment to people who suffer from mental illness and to the families that suffer with them. Drawing on her own family’s history of mental abuse, Simpson provides a bracing look at the social and physical realities of mental illness and explores new possibilities for ministry to this stigmatized group.

Author: Amy Simpson

Publisher: IVP Books

Year: 2013

Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth: Learning to be Human Like Jesus

This is the book OCC’s Leadership Team is currently reading.

You have to love a book that says things like: You need to pick more fights in public. Stop trying to be godly, and instead try to be more human in the way of Jesus. Working a job or caring for your family is more important than doing a book study of Romans. And every home can be a pub.

Title: Flesh – Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth – Learning to Be Human like Jesus

Author: Hugh Halter

Publisher: David C. Cook

Year: 2014