Podcast #1033

When Helping Hurts: Dr. Brian Fikkert

Preston Sprinkle

When Helping Hurts: Dr. Brian FikkertTheology in the Raw
Dr. Brian Fikkert is a Professor of Economics and Community Development and the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself as well as Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, and From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development.

In this conversation, Brian and I talk about his book When Helping Hurts, which is easily the top 5 most influential books I’ve ever read. We also talk the pros and cons of short term mission trips and how churches can best partner with poorer churches without doing unintentional harm.

Check out Brian’s organization www.chalmers.org

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