A Holistic Approach to Ministry – Following Christ’s example, our hearts should break for the things that break His heart (paraphrased from Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision). Jesus consistently had compassion for the poor and marginalized. We apply the holistic approach to ministry, which can be defined as serving the needs of the whole person – social, mental, physical and spiritual. This is how Christ met people where they were, and it is what we want to do as well.
Our goal, first and foremost, is to love others – this was Christ’s example and calling to us as He clearly stated in Matthew 22:35-39, “One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
At E4, our knowledge on poverty alleviation and transformational development has come from both experience with working in communities in Gabon, as well as many resources that have shaped our thinking over the last several years. Some of these are listed below:
- When Helping Hurts
- The Challenge for Africa
- Asset-Based Community Development Institute
- Global CHE Network
- Walking with the Poor
- Poverty Cure
- Shared Strength, Exploring Cross-Cultural Christian Partnerships
- The Beauty of Partnership
- Helping Without Hurting in Short-terms Missions
- Health for All
We also recommend the following books for challenging your faith with what God calls us to do as followers of Jesus. The following books have changed the direction of our lives forever.