Summit aspires to match good intentions with sound development strategies. Sometimes our best intentions result in unintended consequences and even harm to ourselves or the very people we are trying to help. Using specific resources and studies and incorporating best practices, Summit collaborates with its partners in guiding local and global approaches to serve the vulnerable with our hearts and our minds. Check out these resources below as you join these efforts whether in your own backyard or with one of our global partners. Consider studying one individually or with your Connect group, and let us know of others you have found valuable!


  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

  • Helping Without Hurting in Short-term Missions by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (accompanying video sessions available on RightNow Media, best used for those preparing for a short-term trip)

  • Cross-Cultural Connections by Duane Elmer

  • African Friends and Money Matters by David E. Maranz

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