Maintain a Kingdom focus
• Rejecting all strategies that rely primarily on human power, intelligence, or resources. In their place, Reclaimed Project believes that the primary tools of the kingdom are prayer, suffering, overcoming evil with good, enduring injustice, and associating with the “foolish, the despised, weak, and the lowly.”
• Cultivating an attitude of service, sacrifice, and grace that seeks to bear witness to the kingdom and to serve the church more than our own organization.
• Striving for large-scale impact while at the same time embracing the fact that God often works through the small and seemingly insignificant; the kingdom starts with a mustard seed and grows without end.
• Believing that the local church—including its missionaries—is ordained by God to declare the good news of the kingdom in both word and deed to the poor and striving to give a prominent place to both the words and the deeds in the design of the church’s ministry.
Embrace a relational approach to poverty
• Seeking to facilitate reconciliation at both the individual and systemic levels, since both contribute to material poverty.
• When working with individuals, using highly relational approaches in which the materially poor and non-poor walk together as Christ brings reconciliation to both of their lives.
• Verbally proclaiming the gospel in all poverty alleviation efforts, because complete reconciliation of the four relationships is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ, and the Bible teaches that faith comes by hearing. This proclamation includes evangelism and discipleship in a worldview that embraces the comprehensive implications of the kingdom of God.
• Keeping the church at the heart of poverty alleviation strategies. because the church is the “body, bride, and fullness of Jesus Christ,” the only One who can reconcile the four, key relationships. All economic development strategies should be implemented in such a manner that the role of the local church is honored, utilized, and strengthened.
• Making prayer a central feature of economic development strategies, since reconciling relationships requires a supernatural act of Jesus Christ.
• Evaluating programs—both inputs and outputs—whenever possible, in light of the church’s role in reconciling the four, key relationships.
• Refusing to undertake tasks for individuals that undermine their dignity and ability to fulfill their callings.
• Refusing to engage in activities that undermine the ability of institutions to play their God-ordained role in society.
• Avoiding using outside resources—financial, human, or organizational— when those resources can be found and mobilized within a community, region, or nation.
• Requiring trainees to contribute financially to their own training.
Pursue high-impact research and training
• Recognizing that theorists, practitioners, and poor people themselves have unique and complementary knowledge and encouraging all parties to learn from one other in order to develop the best practices with respect to any economic development strategy.
• Testing theories and models in the field for the purposes of verification and refinement.
• Focusing research and training on topics that can impact the church’s ministry.
• Seeking ways to hear and respond to the research and training needs of the local church and the poor in a community, i.e. being demand driven rather than purely supply driven.
• Understanding and respecting the nature of the learners in different contexts and designing training processes that meet their learning styles.
• Creating learning environments where both trainers and learners are able to share their insights with others.