The role of the church in the struggle against povertyOthers, Poverty
Contributed by: Canadian Poverty Institute
The essence of being a church is love. The church as an organization based on love has the responsibility of loving God, his people, and the world which God himself loved first. This paper is about the responsibility of a ‘poor church’, the Hervormde Kerk (Reformed Church) in Suidelike Afrika (South Africa), which despite its poverty still has the vocation of becoming meaningful to its members. Two appeals are made here: firstly, that both the rich and the poor churches should, despite their circumstances, play their roles in combating poverty among their members. Secondly, churches should shift from charity work to development.
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