Discover a better way Innovate: Online

Get trained to help your nonprofit design or redesign a ministry or program that empowers the materially poor.

SECTORS Philanthropy

Address the broken relationships at the root of material poverty

Get Trained

Apply the design thinking process and principles to your ministry

Develop Creative

Develop creative, sustainable solutions to help people

"So, are we doing [this] right?"


When it comes to poverty alleviation we quickly find that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. While we often want a “recipe”, what we actually need is a framework to apply within our unique context.

Using the best practices in community development and easy-to-use innovation tools, Innovate: Online equips your team with a biblical framework to develop a poverty alleviation ministry that fosters real change.

You can develop a poverty alleviation ministry that fosters real change.

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Helping non-profits and churches develop innovative approaches to solving community problems

How Innovate works

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Gather your team

Sign up with 3-7 committed people from your church, community or ministry.

Practical Training For Your Team

Get trained

Join us for 8 live online training sessions and breakouts with other leaders.

Test Your Idea

Test your idea

Design and test a creative idea for helping people in your community.

PRODUCT Innovation


Get tools to help you keep learning and improving your ministry.

Through an eight-week blend of live zoom classes, exercises in each team’s community, and carefully selected videos and readings, Innovate: Online guides teams through the creation of a new or improved ministry that empowers the materially poor. 

You'll need to set aside a total of 30 hours to complete this program.

Meet your guides Learn from experienced innovation experts

You'll be learning from Design Thinking & Innovation Specialist, Tabitha Kapic and Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, Becoming Whole & President of the Chalmers Center.

Brian Fikkert
Brian Fikkert
Tabitha Kapic
Tabitha Kapic

Who is this course for?

Innovate is for leaders like you

Tailored to your context, Innovate: Online equips church and nonprofit teams to develop new or improved poverty alleviation ministries.

  • Motivated Leaders

    you see the unmet needs among the materially poor, but don't know where or how to start.

  • Experienced Leaders
    you're looking to make the empowerment opportunities in your community more effective.
  • Entrepreneurs
    you're driven by the idea of developing better solutions that foster effective poverty alleviation around the globe.

Is Innovate right for me?

Take our 1-minute quiz and find out!

Is Innovate right for me?


Join Us on Zoom September 1 - November 3, 2022
Thursdays Noon-2pm ET

Innovate includes 8 live online training sessions, breakout sessions, and homework assignments designed to help you brainstorm, design, and test your creative ministry solution.

You'll need to set aside a total of 30 hours to complete this course.
Each week you’ll spend 2 hours in class (online via Zoom) and 1-2 hours outside of class working on team homework and with your community.

  • September 1: Session 1
  • September 8: Session 2
  • September 15: Session 3
  • September 22: Listen to Your Community
  • September 29 : Session 4
  • October 6: Session 5
  • October 13: Session 6
  • October 20: Session 7
  • October 27: Community Test
  • November 3 : Session 8
Innovate Zoom session

Register your team

Group of 4
Standard Team

$1041 $724*

Early Bird Discount Ends Aug 15

3-4 team members

Group of 5-8
Large Team

$1,354 $1033*

Early Bird Discount Ends Aug 15

5-7 team members

*Citygate Members save 20%

You're gaining access to:

  • When Helping Hurts and Becoming Whole co-author, Dr. Brian Fikkert.
  • Innovation tools to build your own effective poverty alleviation ministry.
  • A community of like-minded church and nonprofit leaders learning to improvise the kingdom, together.
  • 8 live online sessions that teach your team how to practically help without hurting.
  • Bonus! Additional equipping tools from the Chalmers online-resource library.
30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Our guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied with this training within 30 days of your purchase, we'll give you a full refund.

Frequently asked questions

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Innovate is trusted by 200+ churches and nonprofits worldwide

Blake Schwarz

"The [Innovate] design process led by Chalmers gives me hope because it helps church leaders move from talking about issues to implementing solutions."

Blake Schwarz
Director of Fellows & PCPC at Work
Park Cities Presbyterian Church
Dallas, TX

Michael Rhodes

"This process has really helped me believe that we can equip people to live out the kingdom... I'm more confident that we can help people use their influence to make substantial changes."

Dr. Michael Rhodes
Lecturer in Old Testament
Carey Baptist College, New Zealand

Sarah Lockridge-Steckel

"It made me personally think about ideas that are outside the realm of what I would have normally thought about. Trusting each of the steps has been really powerful and has allowed us to create something together."

Sarah Lockridge-Steckel
Co-Founder & CEO
The Collective Blueprint
Memphis, TN

Laura Green

"It's been really encouraging to see our team use this process to center the actual articulated needs of the communities we serve, as the focus of how we help."

Laura Green
Executive Director
Tekton Career Training
Atlanta, GA


“I appreciate the work you guys are doing so much because it’s causing paradigm shifts that need to happen. So much more Christ-centered, so much more Gospel-centered, and so much more hopeful.” 

Susan Moffitt
Director of Family Care
Palmer Home, Nashville TN

Adrian Reid

“I had intentions, desires, and plans which were all good, but Innovate gave me a concrete framework to hang those things on. I could have a clear plan of execution, and I have a repeatable process that can show others they can do it themselves too.”

Adrian Reid,
CEO & Founder
LegaciGlobal, Barbados and Switzerland


“I think one of the great things you guys were able to do is somehow guide people through the process who are at very different points.  Regardless of where you’re at in the process, if you want to be a good neighbor, this is a fantastic place to start.”

Crystal Davy
Worship Director & Outreach Coordinator
Grace Chapel, Nebraska


“The idea of working together as a team, bringing out innovative ideas and ways of really ministering to the local church spoke volumes to me. I learned from Chalmers the emphasis of human flourishing. I think that’s really all it is about God’s story of change.”

Evah Mugari
Partners in Transformation, Zimbabwe

Chalmers resources are trusted by:

Love INC
Prison Fellowship
HOPE International
Compassion International

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