In recent years, Christians have shown an increased commitment to helping the poor. But this renewed interest in poverty alleviation is doomed to fail if it is not rooted in the local church - God's established means of drawing downtrodden people into a transformative relationship with Himself.
Emphasising the priority of the gospel, Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley, both pastors with ministries among the poor, offer biblical guidelines and practical strategies for planting, revitalising and growing faithful churches in hard places - in our own communities and around the world.
"Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley have written a book that we need. Church in Hard Places is timely and will instruct a generation serious about taking the gospel to and seeing the church planted in difficult contexts and situations. Those with the highest views of God and grace ought to be most passionate about seeing the church gathered in the hardest places. Mez and Mike spur us on to this task." - J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi