It doesn’t take but a glance at the newspaper or the TV to recognize that large, daunting injustices exist that stifle human flourishing and deny people the dignity the hold as image-bearers of God Himself. When exposed to this brokenness, our gut desire is often to dive straight in. However, this actually does a disservice to vulnerable populations we seek to champion and can hinder the effectiveness and sustainability of your organization. In order to care for the marginalized and oppressed well, our actions should be thoughtful and intentional.
While it seems simple enough to “go help people that need help,” we cannot do this well without first stepping back, humbling ourselves, and learning from experts in the field as well as those on the ground experiencing the problem firsthand. This isn’t easy, and it takes time. Even with the best of intentions, our desire to help can hurt others if we haven’t taken the time to think through why we’re doing what we’re doing or how we plan to do it. Our prayer is that the resources below will help expose you and your team to new ways of thinking about problems, solutions, and stakeholders as well as provide insight into some of the best practices in the field.
To care for others well, you must research the problems you seek to solve thoroughly, build solutions with the help of stakeholders, and articulate your mission and vision statements. The Lord has entrusted each nonprofit and parachurch ministry with resources to promote justice, reconciliation, and restoration – stepping back to evaluate your mission, purpose, and structure help us steward these gifts well.
There is a beauty in the unique character and mission of each nonprofit, but addressing our communities’ biggest social problems will require collaboration and cooperation. If we are to truly fight systemic poverty, homelessness, neglect, and human trafficking, and brokenness of all stripes, then we must understand the nature of the problems we face and tackle the root causes – together.
Even the best research isn’t fruitful if we can’t apply it well. Below are some helpful worksheets and exercises to help your organization think through the concepts found in the resources and begin to think through how they apply to your team and the unique space in which you work and serve others.
Resources are great, but they aren’t very helpful if there isn’t any way to apply the concepts to your nonprofit. The reflections and exercises in the Restore Strategies Nonprofit Workbook will help leaders in your organization begin to think through some of the most important concepts so that you are equipped to better care for the most vulnerable members of your community. Download the workbook for free today!