I’ve heard a thought-provoking phrase repeated this year in some Christian circles: “Caring for the poor is too big for the Church.”

Is this true? How are Christians to think through this question from a sound Biblical and economic perspective? We know the Bible teaches we are to care for the poor, but how can we do that most effectively?

Those questions, in turn, only seem to produce more questions. How do you define the poor? Are you talking about the Church “gathered” (churches) or the Church “scattered” (the Body of Christ)?

There is much to examine here. I’m excited to share that IFWE will be exploring the topic of caring for the poor, and the plan is to publish our research in book form next year. For now, let’s look closer at who is wrestling with this question today and what they’re saying.

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