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Memphis Ministries Resources

S.H.A.P.E.
S.H.A.P.E
: Finding & Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life by Erik Rees
Have you ever wanted to serve the church but didn’t know where to start? Have you struggled to find specific direction in how you ought to participate in God’s kingdom work?  Have you ever felt like you’re not really serving according to your gifts but didn’t know what they were? This book helps you think through your (S)piritual gifts, (H)eart for people, (A)bilities, (P)ersonality type, and (E)xperiences so that you can better serve the body of Christ.

When Helping Hurts
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
When we see poverty we want to help, but what if our “help” doesn’t really help? This book moves from the foundational concepts about poverty (who are the poor?), to principles of helping, to strategies of helping in sustainable ways. This book is a must-read for those looking to engage those in poverty with solutions that make a lifelong impact.
 
Recovering from Racism
Recovering from Racism: City Ministry in a "Post-Racial" America by Larry Lloyd
Larry is the founder of the Memphis Leadership Foundation, one of the leading non-profits in Christian urban development in the United States. Born and raised in Memphis, Larry outlines his childhood upbringing through the Civil Rights movement and how the gospel changed his perspective on ministry to and with the inner city. He offers practical wisdom into how our cross-cultural interactions can be shaped by a gospel-centered focus.

Welcoming the Stranger
Welcoming the Stranger
by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang
How do Christians respond to immigration, which has become one of the most complicated issues of our time? Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Putting a human face on the issue and telling stories of immigrants’ experiences certainly helps! This balanced analysis debunks myths and shows the limitations of current policies. What we ought to aim for is a compassionate, sensible and just way for Christians, and all Americans, to welcome and minister to our immigrant neighbors.

Seeking Refuge

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr. Issam Smeir
We can’t ignore the refugee crisis—it has been a huge political lightning rod over the last few years. But how do we engage such a massive and complex debate with grace and truth? This book provides a practical, well-rounded, and well-reasearched guide. The authors offer a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of reguees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.