The Poor Will Be Glad
By Peter Greer
1. What are some daily injustices that are a reality for millions of children in the
2. What is meant by “defined poverty,” and do you agree that most of the
poverty in America is such?
3. What is your initial response to hearing of the extent of global poverty?
1. What does Jesus’ example teach us about meeting both spiritual needs and
2. How did the disciples and the early church continue Jesus’ example of an
3. Describe your reaction to the statement, “Using the Bible to develop a list of
priorities … is not a biblical concept.”
4. What are some advantages of integrated ministry?
1. What are some examples of unintended consequences our actions can have
when fighting global poverty?
2. Describe the difference between relief and development when working with
3. Why is it important to continually evaluate our actions in serving others?
1. How does ancient Israel’s example provide support that employment is the
primary way to address long-term physical poverty?
2. Describe how the historical example of charity in the United States further
supports the importance of work and responsibility versus handouts.
3. What are some of the benefits of employment over charity?
1. What is the importance of capital in fighting global poverty?
2. What obstacles to saving do those in developing countries face?
3. Why is it so important for those living in poverty to save?
1. What are some advantages of Savings and Credit Associations (SCA) over
other lending and savings methods typically available to the poor?
2. Are there any disadvantages to SCAs? If so, describe.
3. Why are SCAs especially helpful for providing solutions for rural areas?
1. How does microfinance help poor entrepreneurs?
2. What evidence is given that microfinance works?
3. Do you think the benefits of MFI loans justify the risks of borrowing?
1. What are some of the innovative “products” that successfully expand the
boundaries within microfinance?
2. How does microfinance help not just entrepreneurs but also the lives of
beggars, youth, and even prostitutes?
3. Do you think that microfinance has triggered a revolution that will radically
reshape the way we address severe poverty? If so, how?
1. Should the goal for microfinance be poverty eradication or alleviation?
2. What is meant by the statement “microfinance is not an end product”?
3. How is microfinance changing?
1. Why is the church the best distribution system in the world?
2. Why is microfinance the second-best distribution system in the world?
3. Describe how the church can work together with MFIs to form a mutually
beneficial partnership in alleviating poverty.
1. What are some of the benefits of partnership between SCAs and local
2. Why is the church uniquely qualified to engage in economic development?
3. How can the church effectively work to promote activities that result in
incremental and foundational change versus temporary and immediate
1. What are some basic questions that should be asked before beginning your
2. Since there are many different ways to become involved with MFIs, what
steps do you feel you personally could take?
3. How do the authors recommend choosing a microfinance organization?
1. What are some of the internal operational issues that profoundly impact the
likelihood of running a successful microfinance institution?
2. Why is it important to keep the mission central in your organization?
3. Why is the local church the most beneficial resource available in poverty
1. What are some of the key advantages of involving businesspeople in the
mission of alleviating poverty?
2. Describe your reaction to the authors’ new definition of retirement.
3. How can international expertise have a profound impact on reducing
physical and spiritual poverty?
1. According to this chapter, what is the difference between “improving”
income and “increasing” income?
2. What are some specific techniques that can help missionaries improve their
incomes in a sustainable manner?
3. Why is it important to be conscientious of the dangers business success may
have on the spiritual aspect of ministry?
1. What is meant by the term “Business as Missions” (BAM) as it relates to
2. What are some of the advantages of a Business as Missions?
3. List some cautions and concerns those considering starting or supporting a
BAM should take into account.
1. How can you personally remind yourself of poverty so as not to forget the
poor in this world?
2. What are some ways your small group or church can embrace the call to roll
up your sleeves and become active in helping the poor?
3. What are some important questions to keep in mind when giving monetarily
to the poor?
4. What are the two basic questions givers should ask when choosing an
organization to support?