Faith-based Development

How Christian Organisations Can Make a Difference

by Bob Michell

Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference
ISBN: 9781626982147
Pages: 256
Pages: 256

International development work is a largely secular discipline that has historically distanced itself from faith concerns; even many faith-based NGOs have sought to minimize the relationship between their religious convictions and their work. Secular groups often see faith-based agencies as “irritating marginal players” in the global development scene. This book argues that the effectiveness of these types of organisations often derives from their sense of religious mission and that this values base should be strengthened and reclaimed. Church and parachurch organisations have long been major players in international development work. Drawing on extensive qualitative evidence the book maps the unique strengths of faith-based approaches to development. The author argues that when governors of faith-based NGOs are intentional about the role of faith in their work organisations can become more accountable, effective, and resistant to organisational drift.

About the Author

Revd Dr Robert Mitchell has held a position as Honorary Research Associate with the University of Divinity since 2016.

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