What if dependency is a good thing?

What if we decided that dependency could be a good thing? What if, from the very beginning of working with people in relief and development ministry projects we saw dependency as potentially positive? Of course, we don’t mean dependency on us the outsiders, but the community being dependent on each other and ultimately, God. What […]

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3 Ways to Avoid Dependency

When we work in ministry and mission projects cross culturally, it is easy to create dependency. For instance, when we attempt to help a struggling pastor overseas, we can be moved with compassion but actually do more harm than help. We provide “things” for him and his family, but in the process, we create friction […]

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6 Forms of Harmful Dependency (Part 2)

In our previous blog, we began talking about harmful forms of dependency that manifests itself in our paternalistic tendencies. We cited When Helping Hurts by Corbett and Fikkert and their list: resource, spiritual, and knowledge paternalism. This blog post focuses on the next two types listed by Corbett and Fikkert with an additional one that […]

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6 Forms of Harmful Dependency (Part 1)

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert wrote an excellent book entitled When Helping Hurts. It was written for the church, especially the church in the United States, to address the issue of how to alleviate poverty without hurting those we intend to help as well as hurting ourselves. Corbett and Fikkert talk about an often hidden […]

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Red Flags in Community Development Projects

The word “dependency” carries a negative connotation in the development/ministry world. It is considered “bad” and something to absolutely avoid. For the next few weeks, we are going to learn about dependency: what is it, how do we avoid it, and do we always need to avoid it? What is dependency? Harmful dependency begins when […]

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