ACTIVE COMPASSION PHILLY is brought to you by Dr. David Apple, a seasoned veteran with over 40 years experience in urban ministry. This website seeks to bring hope and encouragement to those who serve homeless and addicted men and women, those incarcerated, ex-offenders, and others. Need help? You don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Email me at

Since 1988 at Tenth Presbyterian Church, we have established “side door” ministries that make our church a safe and welcoming place for people who are normally treated as strangers. I have provided deacon and mercy ministry training and consultations for churches through the United States. Topics of interest include:

  • The Role of the Deacon
  • Congregational Mobilization
  • Developing New Ministries
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Dealing with Cold Calls and Con Artists
  • Listening and Showing that You Care
  • Or other topics that meet your needs

"When you have the opportunity to do good, do it"

Proverb 3:27

What volunteers say:

"My initial goals for involvement focused on me and my life. God has broadened my view to care more about others."

What training attendees say:

Just wanted you to know again how much I've appreciated the deacon training back in 2011-2012. A day does not go by where I don't apply the wisdom.

What volunteers say:

"This is the only church I've attended that cares. This lead me from the suburbs to minister in the city."