The Myth of the Undeserving Poor

The Myth of the Undeserving Poor

05 July 2016 in Education, Practical Intervention.

When you think of poverty in Britain today, do you picture innocent children going without food or scroungers lounging on the sofa all day watching TV and cheating on benefits claims?

For Christians, what we think about the poor in our nation needs to be shaped by biblical values, but can so often be framed by the dominant narratives of the day, which affect our attitudes and actions. Which can lead many to the conclusion that we’ve fallen for the myth of the undeserving poor?

On the 30th June 2016 Author of the aforementioned book Martin Charlesworth spoke at a Capital Mass event on the books findings and reflections.

The input from the evening has been split into two sections and are an excellent resource for a Bible Study or Homegroup.

If you would like to purchase your copy of The Myth of the Undeserving Poor and to know more about Martin and the work of Jubilee+ them please click this LINK

Huge thanks to St Peter’s Harrow for your hospitality in hosting the evening.


  1. What informs your view of people?

  2. How does that effect your response?

  3. How have you been challenged by what Martin has said and what might you now do differently?


  1. What are your reflections on The Year of Jubilee? What economic miracle could your church outwork?

  2. Martin comments about the different themes of poverty: Relational, Aspirational and Spiritual. Which of these do you see most predominantly in your community and what can you do to address it?

  3. What did the PROXIMITY challenge say to you?
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