Discipleship Resources for Churches
Small Group / Classroom Materials:
Discovering & Living God's Heart for Immigrants: A Learning Group guide
Focusing on a Biblical view on immigration, this curriculum has been used on colleges & universities all over the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Examples of Sermons Focused on Immigration from a Biblical Perspective
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