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resources

Our concept presenters' books:


In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking by Nita Belles

Norming the Abnormal: The Development and Function of the Doctrine of Initial Evidence in Classical Pentecostalism by Aaron Friesen

The Shepherding Movement: Controversy and Charismatic Ecclesiology by David Moore

The Charismatic Century: The Enduring Impact of the Azusa Street Revival by David Moore and Jack Hayford


Other suggested reading:


REGARDING THE CITY, CHURCH AND COMMUNITY


A Theology as Big as the City by Ray Bakke

Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller

Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works by Ronald Sider, Philip Olson, and Heidi Unruh

Love Without Walls: Learning to be a Church in the World for the World by Laurie Beshore

Neighborhood Mapping by Dr. John Fuder

Restoring At-Risk Communities by John Perkins

Street Saints: Renewing America’s Cities by Barbara Elliott

The Externally Focused Church by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson

The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run by Lance Ford and Brad Brisco

To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City by Mark R. Gornik

To Transform a City by Eric Swanson and Sam Williams  



REGARDING COLLABORATION

Linking Arms, Linking Lives:  How Urban-Suburban Partnerships Can Transform Communities by Ronald Sider

Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships by Phill Butler



REGARDING DIVERSITY

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith

Churches, Cultures, and Leadership by Mark Lau Branson and Juan  F. Martinez

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Leslie Newbigin

The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb by Eric Law



REGARDING POVERTY AND JUSTICE ISSUES

Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor by Robert Lupton

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States by Nita Belles

The Least of These: Lessons Learned from Kids on the Street by Ron Ruthruff

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for our Time by Jeffrey Sachs

When Helping Hurts:  How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor—and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert



REGARDING THE PRACTICE OF REFLECTION

Pilgrimage of the Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life by Phileena Heuertz  




Ministry and service websites


HELPING THE FOOD AND HOUSING INSECURE


Bridgetown Ministries to Portland’s homeless
http://bridgetowninc.org/

​City Team Ministries to homeless and addicted
http://www.cityteam.org/portland/

Just One provides everyday ideas for human care
http://www.just4one.org/

My Father’s House provides housing for homeless families
http://www.familyshelter.org/

PFLUSH provides public restroom advocacy for the homeless
http://www.phlush.org/public-restroom-advocacy/

Portland Rescue Mission serves the homeless and addicted
http://www.portlandrescuemission.org


HUMAN TRAFFICKING INTERVENTION/VICTIM'S SERVICES

Abolition Now unites believers to fight human trafficking (Ministry of Compassion Connect)
http://abolitionnow.com/

Compassion First restores the lives of the sexually trafficked
http://www.compassionfirst.org/

Door To Grace ministry to trafficked children
http://www.doortograce.org

Janus Youth Programs provides services for at-risk and trafficked teens
http://www.janusyouthprograms.org

Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.) prevents the exploitation of men, women and youth, by educating and promoting practical community engagement
http://www.oregonoath.org/

Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) provides crisis intervention and advocacy, mental health services
http://sarcoregon.com/

Shared Hope International works to eradicate sex trading through prevention, restoration, and legislative action
http://sharedhope.org


HELP FOR AT-RISK KIDS/YOUTH

Self-Enhancement Inc. services for at-risk kids
http://www.selfenhancement.org

Southlake ministry to Roosevelt High School
http://www.southlakechurch.com/beundivided


CONNECTING FOR THE COMMON GOOD

Compassion Connect helps churches with transformational ministry in the community
http://compassionconnect.com/

Hands on Greater Portland connecting volunteers with service opportunities
http://www.handsonportland.org/

CityServe encourages, equips, and empowers the Body of Christ to love and Serve their city through united, long-term efforts focused on the greatest needs
http://cityservepdx.org/


INFORMATION WEBSITES

City of Portland (laws, statistics, policies, humanitarian efforts, etc.) NOTE: Similar sites exists for most cities
http://www.familyshelter.org/

Homeland Security (law enforcement, statistics, facts)
http://www.dhs.gov/topic/human-trafficking

International Justice Mission (laws and statistics)
http://www.ijm.org/

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (national hotline)
http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/the-nhtrc/overview

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (laws and statistics by state)
http://www.nlchp.org/

The Polaris Project (signs to look for, statistics)
http://wwwpolarisproject.org

The U.S. Department of Justice (laws and statistics)
http://www.justice.gov/


MOVIES

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN – A documentary on public schools and the crisis of the educational system in America. 
Available at www.amazon.com (includes a $25 gift card for the teacher of your choice)

BE UNDIVIDED – The story of South Lake Church’s ongoing involvement at Roosevelt High School
For showings see:  http://www.southlakechurch.com/beundivided