FAQs

I want Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett, or another Chalmers staff member to speak at my church or event. How can I arrange that?

Please visit our Contact Us page to make an inquiry. We receive a high volume of speaking requests. We carefully consider all requests, but we are only able to accept a small number of invitations.

Do you do consulting for churches or ministries who want to change their approach to poverty?

No, but thank you for your interest! We’re focused on developing resources that equip local churches and ministries to help the poor in effective, biblical ways. Visit our Resources page to discover more!

Do you offer any onsite training at your offices or at Covenant College?

We do not offer on-site training at either our offices or at Covenant College.

I’m unable to stream online video. Can I download the videos for Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions or When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience?

Due to copyright considerations, these videos are not available for download.

Do you have online courses or training events for international ministry?

Chalmers focuses our international work on training church and ministry leaders in specific areas of West Africa and through partnerships with other organizations. We no longer offer online training for individuals in the Majority World. To inquire about organizations in your country or region who are using Chalmers’ materials, please visit our Contact Us page.

Can I order books from the Chalmers Center?

We don’t sell our own books, but we’d love for you to purchase them directly from our publishers (Moody, Zondervan, and Baker) or through your favorite bookseller. Thanks!

I'm interested in an internship with the Chalmers Center. What are my options?

At present, we do not have any regular internships. You can check our Careers page for current job openings.

Can you recommend reputable organizations for me to donate money to that follow the principles of When Helping Hurts?

We don't make formal recommendations of ministries or organizations that follow the principles described in When Helping Hurts. We encourage you to prayerfully consider the potential organization in light of the following questions:

  • Does the organization recognize the relational complexity of poverty? Or does it see poverty alleviation as primarily about giving material things to the materially poor?
  • Does the organization work through or in conjunction with local churches?
  • Does the organization seem to understand the distinction between relief, rehabilitation, and development?
  • Does the organization seem to apply the principles of participatory, asset-based development?