ACTS Philly Resources for Helping Others

This link is to credible/recommended resources

Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

The Alliance is a broad coalition of evangelical Christians from various denominations, including Baptist, Congregational (Independent), Anglican (Episcopal), Presbyterian, Reformed, and Lutheran. The purpose of the Alliance’s existence is to call the Church, amidst a dying culture, to repent of its worldliness, to recover and confess the truth of God’s Word as did the reformers, and to see that truth embodied in doctrine, worship, and life.


This is a list of helpful books on diaconal and mercy ministry


This is the website for Christian Community Development Association. Dr. John Perkins and Dr. Wayne Gordon are its co-founders.

Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College trains the church worldwide to minister to the poor in their community without creating dependency.

Community Services: NJ

An comprehensive online community service directory for New Jersey

Community Services: Philly

An comprehensive online community service directory for SE Pennsylvania

Deacon Guidelines

Suggestions for benevolent giving and establishing limits.

Deacon Training

Help your church and diaconate become more effective without becoming overburdened. Training workshops and consultations, based on years of experience (and mistakes), are available .

Deacon’s Role

Ideas on how deacons can work effectively

Death is Not Dying: a Faith that Lives

On March 4, 2009, Rachel Barkley had an opportunity to share about her hope in the midst of terminal cancer. What began as a small talk to her church women’s group became an event attended by over 600 women and was an experience that left many with a desire to discover more about Rachel’s journey and faith.


FASTEN (Faith & Service Technical Education Network) offers networking opportunities and information resources to equip ministries and congregations.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are answers to questions received over the years on various ministry situations.

Funeral Planning

Tips on how to help someone plan a funeral.

Helping a recent immigrant

Tips on how to help someone who has recently arrived in the US from overseas.

Helping a single parent

Tips on understanding the needs of someone who is raising children on her/his own.

Hospital Visits

Helpful tips for when you visit someone in the hospital.

Hosting a Table with Homeless Neighbors

Outline for Community Dinner hosts on how to establish a relationship with a homeless guest and, also, provide a gospel presence.

Keller Resources

Writings, audio and video resources by Dr. Tim Keller, Senior Minister, Redeemer PCA in New York and author of The Prodigal God, The Reason for God, and Ministries of Mercy.

Keller Resources (more)

Writings, audio and video resources by Dr. Tim Keller, Senior Minister, Redeemer PCA in New York and author of The Prodigal God, The Reason for God, and Ministries of Mercy.

Mission to North America Mercy Resources

The Presbyterian Church in America website for urban/mercy ministry, church planting, and disaster relief.

My Testimony (David Apple)

A brief story of my conversion experience

Rest Ministries (Chronic Illness)

If you or someone you love lives with chronic illness, Rest Ministries is a place where you will find understanding and compassion.

Setting Limits with Homeless Persons

Learn how to recognize the tyranny of the urgent and other manipulative means some people use to con us. Develop the skills to prioritize demands made on you and learn how to say “NO” without feeling guilty. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Avoid burn-out. Work smarter.

Tenth Presbyterian Church

The website of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia which founded ACTS Ministries in 1984. Tenth was established in the 1830s.

When a Child Has Died

Tips on how to understand and help someone who is grieving the loss of a child.

Working with Addicted Persons

“How to” tips for not working harder than the person coming for help