"A ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Self Development of People is a partnership of love, justice and empowerment reflecting the image of God who stands with all people."
Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.
SDOP Core Strategies:
Advancing Human Dignity
Advocating for Economic Equity
‘Why we do what we do’
We follow the example of Jesus, who made friends with the poor, gave them the dignity every human being deserves, helped them get back on their feet and make a fresh start at a better life — and taught those who follow him to help others exactly the same way.
"… Community is pretty much what the church is about, … the church is a community of hope that builds on shared gifts, talents and resources and only in that sharing does the whole come into being and people find hope, without community and sharing this may not happen."
– The Rev.Joseph Johnson, National Self-Development of People Committee member
SDOP is the reaction of a church that knows the call to love your neighbor as yourself; "whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them." The church that claims to love kindness, do justice and walk with the God who walks with the poor. We are who we are and do what we do because God has c
alled us to embody the Word in the power of the Spirit who once called the prophets, the example of the Lord and his indescribable passion for justice.
- The Rev. Wilma A. Quiñónez-Cubero
Presbyterian Church in Country Club, Puerto Rico (Iglesia Presbiteriana en Country Club)
Watch this brief video overview about the work of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People.