The Faith and International Development Conference seeks to educate, inspire and equip students across the country to pursue Christ-centered development.

Beyond the Savior Complex: Working and Serving Together

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls, and has no one to help them up.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

We want those who attend FIDC 2019 to be encouraged to fearlessly apply themselves to work and serve together to grow God’s Kingdom in a way that does not perpetuate the savior complex, but rather acknowledges the history, culture, strengths, and unique contexts of the communities they might work withrecognizing the potential these communities have to flourish on their own. Doing this may require for us to turn inward and question our own presuppositions about what international development work looks like.

Working and serving together implies a change of mindset in which, rather than setting up a hierarchy between the savior and saved, development work becomes a partnership based upon equality, solidarity, love, and mutual understanding. This may be a hard concept to acknowledge, but as followers of Jesus, we are confident that when we fall short in our earthly calling to bring peace and security, His Grace is ever-present, eager to pick us up, dust us off, and set us back on the long road toward working together to restore His earth.

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The 14th Annual Faith and International Development Conference (FIDC) will take place Feb 7-9, 2019 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

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