When we begin working in a community, a common challenge is the predominant worldview—how people see and interpret their world. In some places, generations of poverty and oppression have caused people to believe they can’t change their situation. In others, prosperity may exist alongside a feeling that God has no active presence in the world.
A biblically based worldview, in contrast, sees people’s value and potential through God’s Word. It liberates people to be who God created them to be. It changes not only how they interpret the world, but also how they perceive their own abilities to influence their circumstances. It invites them to see other people the same way—inspiring them to take action to help others as well as themselves. And it affirms that development comes from people taking ownership instead of relying on external intervention. We call this an empowered worldview: an understanding and acknowledgment that we are created in the image of God and are invited to participate in what God is doing in the world, using our God-given gifts and resources for the good of others.