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Barry Slauenwhite brings a lifetime of experience and fresh clarity to the challenge of poverty in "Strategic Compassion"

Jesus proclaimed the good news for the poor. Have we distorted His message? This is the question Compassion Canada President, Barry Slauenwhite, challenges pastors and ministry leaders with in his book, Strategic Compassion, releasing September 2018.

This new ground-breaking resource combines Barry’s decades of real-world experience and thoughtful theological engagement to disrupt some of our most deeply held assumptions about poverty.

As Christ’s Church we are called to help those in need – but we have let ourselves become divided on how. The complexity of poverty itself can be paralyzing, especially to those called to lead others in following Jesus. In Strategic Compassion, Barry invites readers to learn more about the gospel-centric strategy to winning the fight against poverty – requiring more than our relief efforts or our evangelism individually. Barry argues it will require us to be strategic in our compassion, focusing on the full depth and breadth of Jesus’s good news for the poor.

“The Church is God’s ‘Plan A’ for redeeming the brokenness of our world and I am absolutely passionate about seeing the Church fulfill its role in God’s plan for redemption," said Slauenwhite. “I am also convinced beyond a doubt that the gospel is the key to releasing children, and their families, from the chains of poverty. [God has] always had a plan to restore the brokenness, and He is inviting us to be a part of it.”

Barry joined Compassion’s ministry in 1983 and was appointed the third president in 1993. Barry has led the organization to experience more than a tenfold growth during his 35 years of leadership – 25 years as President and CEO – a result of being strategically compassionate.


CLICK HERE TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO BARRY TALK ABOUT STRATEGIC COMPASSION

“I’ve had the opportunity to have many great conversations with pastors and ministry leaders over the years and I am so excited to address some of the biggest questions leaders encounter in missions and the quest to fight poverty,” said Slauenwhite. Some of these questions include: Should our missions strategies aim to alleviate people’s physical needs, or do we focus primarily on people’s spiritual or eternal needs? How closely are we following Jesus in proclaiming the good news for the poor? And, are our poverty-alleviation strategies effective?

“I know few, if any, voices in Canada more qualified – in both experiential and spiritual senses – to help Christians address the challenge of poverty,” said Dr. David Guretzki, Executive Vice-President and Resident Theologian, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. In Strategic Compassion, Barry takes his lifetime of experience to guide readers through how we can reunite the Good News with good works in the fight against poverty.

Click HERE to order your copy of Strategic Compassion

Endorsements of Strategic Compassion


CAREY NIEUWHOF, FOUNDING PASTOR, CONNEXUS CHURCH
“The work Barry leads at Compassion Canada is exceptional and will leave an eternal print on our world. In Strategic Compassion, Barry brings fresh clarity to the challenge of poverty and tangible solutions that address far beyond physical need.”


DAVID GURETZKI, PHD, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & RESIDENT THEOLOGIAN, EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP OF CANADA
“When someone with a lifetime of wisdom and experience on a topic speaks, we do well to listen. I know few, if any, voices in Canada more qualified—in both experiential and spiritual senses—to help Christians address the challenge of poverty.”


CAROLYN ARENDS, RECORDING ARTIST, AUTHOR, AND RENOVARÉ DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
“A ground-breaking book, in the sense that Barry mines decades of real-world experience and thoughtful theological engagement in order to plow up some of our most deeply held assumptions about poverty.”


REV. JOHN PELLOWE, CEO CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
“Many books are educational. Some books are important. Strategic Compassion is both! The liberation of the world from poverty depends upon Christians who can not only give money and lobby for systemic change, but who can also overcome the spiritual problem that is the real cause of poverty with the Good News of Jesus Christ.”


Learn more about Strategic Compassion here.






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