Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference

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9781626982147: Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference

With a foreword by Bryant L. Myers

International development work is a largely secular discipline that distances itself from faith concerns; even many faith-based groups seem to go out of their way to minimize the relationship between their religious convictions and their work. Secular groups often see faith-based agencies as "irritating marginal players" in the global development scene. But what if much of the value of these groups is exactly the result of that sense of religious mission?

Mitchell posits that, contrary to popular perception, church organizations have long been major players in international development work, and that many of these organizations do take the relationship between their work and the faith that underpins it very seriously. Instead of apologizing for their faith roots and expression, they should celebrate them and recognize the value they bring to every development enterprise, secular or not.

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Bob Mitchell is a priest, lawyer, and governor of non-profits. He is the CEO of Anglican Overseas Aid based in Australia. Mitchell has extensive experience in the international aid and development sector, and is passionate about articulating and theologically framing the unique contribution of faith-based agencies.

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"University degrees have taught me what to do, practical experience has helped me know how to do it, but never have I been challenged in this way as a Christian to understand why I do this work. This book takes a fresh look at how Christian agencies play a unique role in international development because of their faith. Mitchell drills straight to the core of the Christian development worker, exposes their heart and deepest motivations, and challenges us to ask why our faith really matters in our work." --Chey Mattner, Executive Secretary, Australian Lutheran World Service

"This book is a key contribution to the academic and applied literature on Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and development. FBOs are an important part of the puzzle in responding to 21st century development challenges and in attaining the sustainable development goals. Faith-based Development is a potential benefit to Christian FBOs around the world, encouraging them to reclaim their identity in their efforts to bring social transformation and development. This book clearly outlines these themes in an engaging and easy-to-read fashion." --A/Prof Nathan Grills, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne

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