Discipleship Resources for Churches

Small Group / Classroom Materials:

WelcomingTheStranger Small Group Curriculum.pdf

Discovering & Living God's Heart for Immigrants: A Learning Group guide

G92 Immigration Curriculum: Learning God's Heart for the Immigrant in Our Community

Focusing on a Biblical view on immigration, this curriculum has been used on colleges & universities all over the United States.

2015 Transformation Tree Curriculum.pdf

This curriculum demonstrates the longterm value and effectiveness of holistic ministry.  World Relief uses this curriculum all over the globe and in Jacksonville we require new volunteers to have a basic understanding of its meaning.

When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience

Good intentions are not enough.  When Helping Hurts offers a different framework for thinking about poverty and its alleviation. Rather than simply defining it as a lack of material things, the book addresses the roots of the issue: broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. Online videos included.

Book Resources

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

By Author(s) Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Issam Smeir: Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, many personal stories, and their own unique Christian worldview, the authors offer a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Seeking Refuge: Small Group Discussion Guide

A free 12-page printable hand-out to be used within your small group or study group.  The group questions are reflected off the concurring chapters of the book.

'Possible': A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World

By Author and former World Relief President, Stephan Bauman (View Book Preview Here)  Also see: 'Possible' - 6 part Sermon Study

Standing with the Vulnerable

By Author Gil Odendaal:  A ten-session curriculum for equipping churches to transform people and communities, drawn from World Relief's expertise and work around the world.  This book fulfills an integrated approach of meeting spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs.  It helps readers reshape their beliefs, values, actions and results.  It is filled with practical exercises and activities for application.

'When Helping Hurts': How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself

By Author, Steve Corbett.  Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It

By Author Robert D. Lupton - This book reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve.

'Jaxnicity': The People of Metropolitan Jacksonville

By Author Tim Larson - Commissioned by the Jacksonville Baptist Association.  This Jaxnicity resource will help give you a better understanding of the cultural diversity of Jacksonville. Our prayer is that we can collaborate together to better know, love, and reach our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Note: Use the password 'jaxnicity13' to access to e-book download)

A Church Leader's Toolkit: On the Syrian Refugee Crisis

(Coming Soon!)

2015 Transformation Tree Curriculum.pdf

This curriculum is for God’s church, the body of Christ. The goal is to foster decisive action by the church that embraces both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, resulting in a seamless integration and implementation of Word and Deed. This goal sees the local church as initiating, participating in, and owning these transformational ministries.


Video & Sermon Resources

Immigration & Refugee Sermon Resources

Examples of Sermons Focused on Immigration from a Biblical Perspective

EIT Recorded Sermons

View a collection of recordings featuring prominent evangelical leaders who are speaking to their congregations on the topic of Immigration.

The Stranger Film Documentary (41minutes)

“The Stranger” is a 40-minute documentary film commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table and produced by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett. The Stranger profiles three immigrant stories and includes interviews with local and national Christian leaders.

Other Inspirational Short Videos

Is Justice Worth It?  feat. Micah Bournes

The Good Neighbor Team 

JaxRefugeeStories - Phineas

JaxRefugeeStories - Friendship Partners