The first step to addressing poverty, Dr. John Perkins, who is considered a father of the Justice Movement, said during the last panel at The Justice Conference, is recognizing the dignity of every human being.
Citing Genesis, Perkins said, "All mankind was created in the image of God. People don't have to do nothin' to have dignity." It is important for the Church, therefore, to "affirm the dignity of the poor."
The panel was moderated by Lynn Hybels, who co-founded Willow Creek Community Church with her husband, Bill Hybels. The other panelists were Stephen Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief, and Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilizing for Sojourners.