Each year, millions of pounds and numerous volunteering hours are given by churches to support those living in poverty, whether internationally or within the UK.

The biblical mandate to serve the poor is strikingly clear, but are the tireless efforts of the church having a positive and lasting impact on poverty? 

Is it possible that our helping’ is actually hurting those very people we are trying to help?

This guide has been designed to help church leadership teams to review the work your church supports that helps.

Poverty Matters is a set of six videos that are 10 minutes long each that are based on the book When Helping Hurts. They are a resource to help unpack what poverty is in terms of broken relationships and how that impacts the sort of mission work we should do in the UK and support overseas.