Children’s Hunger Fund Says Churches Must “Rethink Mercy”

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CHF President, Dave Phillips, Launches Conference to Equip American Churches to Better Serve the Poor

Children's Hunger Fund Found and President Dave Phillips

Children's Hunger Fund Found and President Dave Phillips

"We’re calling on churches to implement gospel-centered mercy ministry in their communities,” says Dave Phillips, President and Founder of Children's Hunger Fund.

Children's Hunger Fund Founder and President Dave Phillips issued a challenge on Friday for churches across the country to rethink how they serve the poor. Pastors and church leaders will explore Phillips’ challenge at the Rethink Mercy Conference set for April 11, 2014 on the campus of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We Christians have spent too long on an in-house debate about whether we best serve the poor by providing food or by giving the message of the gospel,” says Dave Phillips. “The biblical answer is both. We’re calling on churches to implement gospel-centered mercy ministry in their communities.”

The Rethink Mercy Conference will feature a Pastors’ Roundtable discussion on these issues, as well as keynote messages by Dr. Al Mohler, author and President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dhati Lewis, Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta.

Dave Phillips will host the event, which immediately follows the Together for the Gospel conference.

“At Children’s Hunger Fund, we've launched Rethink Mercy to equip local churches around the world through training in the biblical principles and best practices for reaching out in mercy,” says Phillips. “We hope all church staff and lay leaders will make an effort to be there. If you can come to the conference, register now. If you need help with the registration fee, contact us. We want everyone there.”

To date, over 1,500 leaders around the world have been trained through Rethink Mercy Equipping, a one day workshop.

“We want to provide churches with the tools and the food resources to reach out to their neighborhoods. The churches are already in their community, they know who’s struggling and suffering. And if they don’t know them, they are the best ones to reach out. At Children’s Hunger Fund, we want to come alongside these leaders and help them as they serve the hurting families. This is the start of a movement and we invite all gospel-focused churches to rise up and to join in,” concludes Phillips.

Information on the conference can be found at Also on the site, churches can learn more about joining one of Children’s Hunger Fund’s Mercy Networks.

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Rethink Mercy is an initiative of Children’s Hunger Fund, which equips churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry through workshops, conferences, trainings and other resources. Children’s Hunger Fund has committed itself to gospel-centered mercy ministry for over twenty years. In all, CHF has distributed more than 1 billion dollars in food and other resources, serving the needs of more than 20 million children throughout the U.S. and in seventy-two countries worldwide. Since 1991, 99% of CHF's total revenue has been used for programs helping kids. More information can be found at

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