QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Staying Non-Toxic During the Holidays

During the holiday season people naturally feel more generous. As a church there can be pressure to come up with ways for people to give money, donations, and toys. Calls will come in asking for the names of a family or individuals who need gifts during Christmas. Who do you to do stay non-toxic during the holidays?

Posted on November 17, 2014 .

GUEST POST: How To Detoxify Service Projects

NeighborLink is an innovative web platform designed to bridge the gap between the local church and vulnerable homeowners seeking assistance. They have completed over 4,000 projects in Fort Wayne alone and launched the platform in 11 other cities. Andrew Hoffman, the Executive Director, shares with Charity Detox a few pieces of advice for how your church or organization can do service projects or events in ways that are healthy.

Posted on November 13, 2014 .

GUEST POST: So You Want To Get Into Affordable Housing Ministry...

It doesn't take long working in low-income contexts to realize that housing is a major piece of the poverty puzzle. If you are reading this post, you are one of those people! We have a veteran practitioner, Jim Wehner, former Executive Director of Charis Community Housing, on Charity Detox today to share some hard-won wisdom on how to do housing ministry in healthy and effective ways.

Posted on November 11, 2014 .

GUEST POST: Responsible Ministry in A Refugee Community

Brian Bollinger is the Executive Director of Friends of Refugees, a collective of people and organizations in Clarkston, GA empowering refugees through opportunities for their well-being, education, and empowerment. Since Clarkston is an epicenter of refugee resettlement in the Southeast, it has also become an epicenter for church outreach and mission teams. This has brought forth initiatives across the toxic-to-responsible spectrum. Brian shares with the Charity Detox community three things he would say to anyone that wants to participate in mission in his community.

REAL LIFE CASE STUDY: The Police Are Asking A Church Not to Help the Poor. What Would You Do?

An active congregation desires to faithfully engage low-income neighbors, many of whom come to their door from an extended stay motel asking for help. They feel their help is not helping. The police are even asking them not to help. Read their scenario and offer your thoughts on responsible ways to engage.

Posted on November 3, 2014 .

The Seeds of Change: A Missions Minister Shares Four Tips for the Charity Detox Process

Jeff Reams is the Missions Minister at Dunwoody Baptist Church. Ever since he discovered the principle of toxic charity, he has been working on moving his church's missions and outreach programs toward more responsible models. Jeff shares 4 tips for those of you who have just gotten started with the difficult process of navigating change in your church or organization.  

Posted on November 3, 2014 .

The Americans Are Coming: Three Ways You Can Detoxify a Short-Term Mission Trip

Ian and Ruthie North, and their newborn son Jack, live on a stretch of road in Atlanta that is one of the most diverse contexts in the country. As neighbors in this context, they have developed relationships with refugees and immigrants from around the globe. As ministry leaders in this context, they have worked alongside mission teams - some toxic, some responsible - that come into their community with the sincere desire to serve Jesus by serving the poor. Ian shares three tips for helping short-term teams practice more responsible mission.