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Restoring Lives

Change for the Poor is for any individual, church, and/or organization desiring to learn more about how to bring long-term and wholistic restoration to the life of someone in relational brokenness and material poverty.

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About The Book

While anyone with a heart to serve the poor can benefit from this book, staff and invested volunteers in churches and nonprofits are excellent candidates to be deeply impacted by learning the three restoration principles of Relationship, Structure, and Accountability.

The restorative principles presented in Change for the Poor will help the reader understand and apply the resources and environment necessary for leading someone from extreme poverty into a wholistically restored life. My hope is that this book can be utilized as an effective tool to transform how we view and practice serving those in extreme poverty. 

The book includes a 4-week guide for personal reflection and/or group study, as well as powerful testimonies of lives that have been restored by a program practicing the restorative principles Change for the Poor presents.

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ENDORSEMENTS

“It is awesome to see how God is using Chaplain Mark and the Restoration Program to introduce people to Christ and His amazing grace. I have witnessed broken and hopeless men who have nowhere else to go transformed into hope dealers and Kingdom builders through the Restoration Program. This is what being the hands and feet of Jesus should look like!”

David Stoeker

National Recovery Advocate, Author of ‘Hope Dealer’, and Credentialed Counselor: LCSW, CPS

“The changes and transformations I have seen through some of the men in the Restoration Program is nothing short of incredible. Some of these men have bounced back from a lifetime of challenges and adversities. It’s unbelievable to watch the improvement as these individuals advance through the phases of the Restoration Program as they are restoring their lives.”

Jennifer L. Baker

PsyD MFT and Founder & Executive Director of Good Dads, Inc.

“The changes and transformations I have seen through some of the men in the Restoration Program is nothing short of incredible. Some of these men have bounced back from a lifetime of challenges and adversities. It’s unbelievable to watch the improvement as these individuals advance through the phases of the Restoration Program as they are restoring their lives.”

Mark McDonald

Credentialed Counselor: MS, CRADC, CGDC, CRPR, MARS

“Change for the Poor is an incredible resource when it comes to planning and implementing a restoration program. There is no reason to recreate the wheel now thanks to Mark and this book. An easy-to-follow guide, practical applications, and informative truths about serving the poor make this book a must-read for anyone planning to start or reform a restorative process.”

Jody Dow

Executive Director of The Springfield Dream Center

“Uncomfortable balance, that is what Mark McKnelly brings in Change for the Poor. This wholistic approach to chronic poverty is highlighted in chapter four where he discusses three relational approaches to helping the poor. Paternal: doing “to” others. Maternal: doing “for” others. Transformational: doing “with” others. Another uncomfortable balance is struck by the third principle of restoration: accountability for those being restored. Want real results? Then apply these principles.”

Jack Smart

US Missionary with the Assemblies of God, CEO of Rural Freedom, Director of Living Free at James River Church

“It is awesome to see how God is using Chaplain Mark and the Restoration Program to introduce people to Christ and His amazing grace. I have witnessed broken and hopeless men who have nowhere else to go transformed into hope dealers and Kingdom builders through the Restoration Program. This is what being the hands and feet of Jesus should look like!”

Jason Hynson

Executive Director of Victory Mission + Ministry

“I have worked with Mark for over five years now. The program he created is solid and it is a program we support and recommend in our community. The principles are Biblical and effective as well as proof through changes lives.”

John Stroup

Executive Director of Freeway Ministries

“At The Well Church we have seen and experienced first hand the incredible life change that has come through the Restoration program and curriculum led and created by Mark McKnelly, through Victory Mission. Mark knows and understands that true restoration only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and he is committed to this truth.  In Mark’s book, Change For The Poor, he allows us into this truth and process as he teaches us the 3 principles of Restoration which are Relationship, Structure, and Accountability.  I am excited to use this book as a resource in our Redemption Ministry at The Well and share it with others who are answering the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go and make Disciples.”

Selena Freeman

Lead Pastor of The Well Church

“I met Mark when he started working in outreach and recovery ministry at the church. It is his personal experience every day in the trenches that has rocketed his understanding of how to transform lives. The end product of changed lives through the restoration program are truly amazing and its graduates have been legitimately restored!”

Alon Fisch

Executive Director of New Beginning Sanctuary, VP of Recovery Coalition of the Ozarks, President of Missouri Continuing Education Consortium, Member of Missouri chapter of National Association of Recovery Residences housing task force, Board Member of Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers, Founding Partner of Springfield Recovery Community Center

“The changes and transformations I have seen through some of the men in the Restoration Program is nothing short of incredible. Some of these men have bounced back from a lifetime of challenges and adversities. It’s unbelievable to watch the improvement as these individuals advance through the phases of the Restoration Program as they are restoring their lives.”

Sean Ziverk

Probation and Parole Officer

About the author

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First and foremost, I am a child of God, husband, father of four, and now almost fourteen years in recovery from the addiction that nearly destroyed my life, but that also brought me to faith in Christ.

On January 24, 2008, I became a Christ-follower. Before then I was a successful entrepreneur. In the final year that I spent with the company I started and co-owned it generated 5 million in annual revenue and employed over 50 people.

In 2009, I entered a full-time vocational ministry at Schweitzer Church in Springfield, MO. While on staff there I planted an outreach service called Church @ the Center and developed a one-year in-depth discipleship program called the Life Change Plan for men and women in recovery housing. Both of these ministries were successful and instrumental in an important season of learning how to serve the poor.

In 2017, I transitioned to the nonprofit world and became a Chaplain at Victory Mission + Ministry in Springfield, MO.  Since joining Victory Mission I have developed a program for men and women reentering from incarceration or recovering from addiction called the Restoration Program. As Director of Restoration, I now oversee a team of chaplains and chaplain apprentices that serve over three dozen participants while planning and preparing for the future expansion of the ministry.

I have over ten years of combined experience working in the trenches with those in extreme poverty. Having served seven years in benevolence ministry on staff at a church, and now four years as a chaplain at a Christian nonprofit. My passion for the subject of long-term life change for those in material and relational poverty has only increased over my time in this ministry, even with a success rate that most would struggle to see as successful.

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