Not Just a Soup Kitchen is an excellent guide on how the local church can be involved in Mercy Ministry. It begins with the testimony of how God transformed the life of the author from a near-death skull fracture, childhood sexual abuse and thoughts of suicide to becoming a minister of mercy at a large church in Philadelphia. There is clarity in the author's explanation as he provides the biblical basis for mercy mission and historical analysis that includes Calvin’s understanding of the role of Deacon in keeping with mercy ministry thinking. The unique strength of this volume lies in experience gathered over twenty-five years which comes through in a lot of practical wisdom on matters such as the importance of planning, setting limits in ministry, how to deal with con artists, mobilizing volunteers, hospital visitation and other specific circumstances where people are in need. The FAQ section is also invaluable, along with helpful Appendices. Any church wishing to start or develop mercy ministry should obtain a copy (available here).
David Apple came to salvation through the ministry of Northside Chapel CRC in Paterson, New Jersey. Its life and Christian witness are the foundation for his ministry and teaching.