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TWR and HCJB Global co-sponsored “Unhealthy Dependency to Faith Reliance,” a symposium to share practical ministry solutions on the issues surrounding financial dependency in developing countries. More than 50 participants attended the two-day event held at TWR’s Cary, NC, office.

Discussion topics included indigenous funding, understanding that sometimes “helping hurts,” planting giving churches, business as mission, resource mobilization and finding forward motion for coordinated kingdom action.

Featured speakers were Rob Martin of First Fruit Institute and Lausanne Committee senior associate for Global Philanthropy; Dr. Brian Fikkert of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and co-author of the book “When Helping Hurts”; Bill Sunderland of VisionSynegy and other ministry leaders and influencers from various domestic and international Christian organizations.

Participants collectively discussed potential ways to overcome existing barriers. Possible solutions included creating more faith reliance-centric resources, repenting of previous donor-relations practices, sharing best practices and engaging more pastors and leaders to get involved. 

*Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Tangeman