Bob Lupton is a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta where his life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults. He has authohred numerous books such as “Toxic Charity” and, most recently, “Charity Detox,” challenging the church to face the unintended consequences of its efforts to serve the poor out of poverty.
In his SATtalk Bob describes two types of players in our economic system: wealth creators and wealth processors. Care for the poor has been funded by wealth creators while wealth processors perform the hands-on work. This arrangement has largely failed. He agrues, the poor cannot be served out of poverty. Instead, they need jobs that pay a livable wage. The new missionaries of the 21st Century will be wealth creators, willing to make money “with” the poor.