A Gathering Voices post by TheThoughtfulChristian.com Team
Here are a few questions to use either in a group setting or individually after reading Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton.
1. The author cites as some of his examples of “toxic charity” Christmas gift programs, food pantries, and construction of housing and wells. Did any of these examples surprise you? Did they cause you to rethink the programs and mission work at your church?
2. Are there “top-down charity” programs where you live? Have they had similar results to the TAP Program in Atlanta, or did they succeed?
3. In your community, are there seemingly intractable patterns of inequality or need that you feel your church could tackle effectively based on the advice in the book?
4. What “change in strategy” are you thinking about after reading this book, if any?
Do you have any discussion/reflection questions of your own? Share them below in the comment box - we'd love to hear from you!