Why You Should Not Say, “The poor will be with you always.”

“Poverty is not a sin.”

 

He spoke these words boldly, as if he was saying something prophetic. Then he gave a pregnant pause, and waited for the audience to delight at this great revelation. These were the words uttered by a pastor while I was attending a workshop at a church planning conference for leaders. While this statement is true, I didn’t find the words that followed particularly insightful.

He approached the topic of poverty in the same way that I have heard many American pastors and Christians quote the scripture:

“The poor will be with you always…”

When I hear both of these statements, particularly in the contexts in which they were given, I have great concern that the pastors are not challenging themselves or their hearers to respond to poverty in any tangible way. The problem with these holy references is they are both incomplete, and an incomplete truth can be just as harmful as a lie.

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Q&A with Author Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

As I am on this #RubyWooPilgrimage bus, I wanted to share a Q&A with a fierce woman, Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, author of the new book, “Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World.”

StartLoveRepeat_9781478920748_HC.inddWhat was the inspiration for this book?

This book came about for selfish reasons: After about nine years of being married to an entrepreneur, I was desperate for advice from someone who understood what it was like. But there are so few resources for entrepreneurs’ spouses out there, and many that exist are unrealistically optimistic.

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4 Actions of Leaders Who Have Integrity

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Great leaders are introspective. They know their strengths and their areas in need of improvement. They are not afraid to ask for help, and they know when and who to ask when it is needed. This level of introspection comes with wisdom and experience. It also comes when we surround ourselves with a great team of people.

Great leaders know how to work. Over the past few months, I have been leading meetings for my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS Inc. When I ask our leadership team what they like about being a part of the organization, one of the consistent responses is, “We get stuff done.” Whether you are leading a nonprofit organization, planting a church, ministering to college students, launching a new ministry or planning vacation Bible school, you must get stuff done.

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