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Hello, I'm Christopher Marlin-Warfield.

I'm a pastor, an author, and nonprofit development and communications professional. My passion, my mission, and my calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on serving people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

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Work

I became the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa) in 2018. Prior to my life as a pastor, I served as a professional fundraiser with Back Bay Mission, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Chicago Theological Seminary. I have also served as a fundraising consultant for a variety of churches and small nonprofit organizations.

Radical Charity

Right now, there is a movement in churches and nonprofits arguing that charity is toxic, that helping hurts, and that the entire nonprofit sector needs to be reformed to truly lift people out of poverty. These charity skeptics are telling Christians that traditional charity deepens dependency, fosters a sense of entitlement, and erodes the work ethic of people who receive it. Charity skepticism is increasingly popular; and it is almost certainly wrong.

Available from Wipf and Stock’s Cascade Books imprint, Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church) weaves together research and scholarship on topics as diverse as biblical scholarship, Christian history, economics, and behavioral psychology to tell a different story. In this story, charity is the heart of Christianity and one of the most effective ways that we can help people who are living in poverty. Charity—giving to people experiencing poverty without any expectation of return or reformation—can save the world and help make God’s vision for the church a reality.

Sermons and Posts

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Why Church? A Community Where You Matter.

Monday, 06 14, 2021
When we are being the church who God calls us to be, we are one body and we need all the bits. When we are being the church who God calls us to be, you matter. We cannot be who we are called to be without you.
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Be a Blessing: Pray Often

Monday, 06 07, 2021
I do not fear God and to not respect the people and I do not care about the cries of some little old lady. But she’s never going to stop. So I will give her justice.
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Be a Blessing Banner at First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa)

Be a Blessing: Lead With Love

Monday, 05 31, 2021
There are more love songs than anything else. If lyrics could make us do anything, we’d all love each other
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Be a Blessing Banner at First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa) by cmarlinwarfield

Moments… Followed by Lives

Monday, 05 24, 2021
Maya Angelou once said, “I’m always amazed when people walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian.’ I think, ‘Already? You already got it?’ I’m working at it.”
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Pentecost Parament by cmarlinwarfield

Soup or Salad

Monday, 05 17, 2021
A melting pot might be fine for metal. And an immersion blender is great for soup. But they are not for people.
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I’m a pastor, an author, and a nonprofit development and communications professional. My passion, my mission, and my calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on serving people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

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