The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good
CEO of Large Nonprofit Warns that Charity and Christian Service Can Have a Dark Side Most Christians today are interested in more than just preaching the gospel with words; they also want to serve others. But what happens when...
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CEO of Large Nonprofit Warns that Charity and Christian Service Can Have a Dark Side
Most Christians today are interested in more than just preaching the gospel with words; they also want to serve others. But what happens when Christian service and social justice lead to burnout, pride, or worse? Peter Greer gives a firsthand account of how this can happen, leaning on his experiences as CEO of HOPE International, a large Christian nonprofit that serves those in need by helping them help themselves. Greer uses stories from his own life and others in ministry to help readers protect themselves from disillusionment and other dangers. He uses the Pharisees as a symbol of how something that starts off with the noblest of intentions can go off the tracks, and how to get it back on again. This book serves as a compassionate warning to everyone who works in ministry or charitable nonprofits, from CEOs to weekend volunteers.
The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good will include end-of-chapter questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
Peter Greer, who holds an M.P.P. from Harvards Kennedy School and a B.S. from Messiah College, is the president of HOPE International, a global faith-based microfinance organization serving over 220,000 entrepreneurs in 14 countries. A frequent lecturer and a featured panelist at Harvards International Development Conference, Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their two children. He is the author The Poor Will Be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty.
Anna Haggard is the executive writing assistant at HOPE International, where she collaborates with the president and the marketing department to share HOPE's message to donors through print and social media. Anna is a graduate of Asbury University and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A