Transitioning individuals and communities out of poverty, homelessness, or joblessness requires visionary leadership. However, a vision without a strategy, is just wishful thinking. Serving Communities in Need provides a practical approach to strategy and strategic planning for churches and Christian-based ministries to better engage in the process of community building and renewal. While this book is written from a Christian worldview, any community-based or not-for-profit organization can use it to design and implement strategies that empower individuals and free communities from social and economic ills. This book also provides leadership models for faith-based leaders and practitioners. Serving Communities in Need is principle-centered and advocates a paradigm of community development that is based on the values of hope and human dignity.