Live Big 2021 Resources

    11.14.21 | Resources

    LIVE BIG is The Ridge's annual initiative where we challenge people to practice “giving more than receiving” (Acts 20:35).  We encourage everyone to serve and to give so we can positively impact our communities – 100% of your generosity is given to vetted non-profit organizations that are doing an exceptional job serving those in need in Milwaukee and around the world. 



    Stewardship of Life (7 Days)
    When we think about stewardship, we often think about money. But stewardship means “taking care of that which is entrusted to us.” This involves more than money. In this 7 day reading plan, we will learn about why this life and everything that we possess does not belong to us but has been given to us by God, and we are accountable to Him. This is what stewardship of life is all about.

    Understanding Financial Stewardship (10 Days)
    What does a prosperous life look like for a Christian? Some teach that God wants His people to be wealthy, while others believe the truly spiritual person should avoid the pursuit of riches. But what does the Bible say? What’s God’s definition of being prosperous? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he examines the principles of financial stewardship and helps you gain insight into sound biblical principles for managing your money.


    Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American CityBy Matthew DesmondEvicted tells the story of the eviction epidemic in America, focusing on eight families in Milwaukee. Sherenna was a teacher before becoming a professional landlord, running her business with her husband, Quentin. One of her tenants, Lamar, is a single father of two boys who does not have legs.

    When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself
    By Steve Corbett
    Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

    The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living
    By Robert Morris
    Our culture is saturated with false teaching on what it means to be blessed, but what does the Bible say about it? How can we truly live blessed lives? With humor, passion, and clarity, pastor and bestselling author Robert Morris presents the secrets of living a blessed life both financially and spiritually. He shows that when God changes your heart from selfishness to generosity, every part of your life-journey is affected.


    Poverty, Inc.
    Directed by: Michael Matheson Miller – Documentary that discusses the truthful reality behind global poverty alleviation.
    Watch it free here >>

    How Serving Changes Kids
    Kara Powell, PhD, co-author of the Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager In A Digital Media World and executive director of Fuller Youth Institute, Kristen Ivy, and Reggie Joiner discuss how giving kids increasing opportunities to serve through childhood is one of the biggest ways to help them grow in faith and character by realizing their own potential to connect to a bigger story.