Posts by The Chalmers Center

Why Talk About Work?

Why Talk About Work?

By Austin Humbles July 7, 2021

Work is good. It is the most effective way to provide for our material needs, but also provides ways for us to interact with the world around us and contribute to our community. How can we creatively shift our ministries to help people discover their God-given capacity for meaningful work?

Fostering Change

Fostering Change

By Austin Humbles June 22, 2021

Adapted from Chalmers online training Helping without Hurting in Benevolence Ministry. The ultimate goal of poverty alleviation and development is the restoration of people to all that God has created them to be—priests and rulers who proclaim His glory to the world and call others to worship Him. A nearer-term goal is change. We long…

Partnerships Re-Purpose Space and Re-Ignite Hope

Connecting with Local Resources: Church and Parachurch Partnership

By Austin Humbles May 26, 2021

The church is called to address the social, spiritual, and physical needs of the poor—but that call is not only for the church. Parachurch organizations, nonprofits, and even businesses and government agencies can all be part of someone’s journey out of material poverty. How can these organizations work well together?

The Church, the Parachurch, and Poverty Alleviation

The Church, the Parachurch, and Poverty Alleviation

By Austin Humbles May 18, 2021

One way that the church’s responsibility to care for the poor is carried out in complex modern societies is through a wide range of parachurch ministries. While the parachurch should never undertake tasks that are exclusively given to the church, there is much that these ministries can do very effectively to care for the materially poor.

Why Good Intentions Aren't Enough

Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

By Austin Humbles April 19, 2021

How we diagnose the problem of poverty directly impacts how we will seek to address it. If we treat only the symptoms or if we misdiagnose the underlying problem, we will not improve the situation—and we might actually make the lives of the materially poor worse in the long run.

Why Your Church is Called to Help the Materially Poor

Why Your Church is Called to Help the Materially Poor

By Austin Humbles April 13, 2021

What is the task of the church? We are to embody Jesus Christ by declaring with both our words and our deeds that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords who is bringing in a kingdom of righteousness, justice, and peace. And the church needs to do this where Jesus did it: among the blind, the lame, the sick and outcast, and the poor.

How Churches Can Start a Jobs Ministry

Webinar Replay: How Churches Can Start a Jobs Ministry

By Austin Humbles March 31, 2021

Right now, millions of people on the margins are out of work and hurting. Your church can help—and we can show you how!

Women in a savings group in West Africa

Real Churches, Real Change

By Austin Humbles March 2, 2021

Through the Chalmers Center’s Restore: Savings curriculum and our network of trainers and partners, thousands of local churches in the Majority World have been equipped to launch savings groups. In church after church, we’ve seen God take the mustard seeds of people’s savings and grow them into a harvest of hope in the midst of deep poverty. 

Local Churches, Local Resources, Lasting Change

Local Churches, Local Resources, Lasting Change

By Austin Humbles February 17, 2021

Microfinance can be a powerful tool for helping people escape extreme poverty. When we shift our thinking, it can be even more powerful. How can we make the most of the opportunities microfinance provides?

Walking Well with Churches in the Majority World

Walking Well with Churches in the Majority World

By Austin Humbles February 8, 2021

In God’s grand story, churches in the Majority World of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, have a critical role to play. How can we walk together in ways that enhance the dignity of materially poor churches—and the individuals and communities they serve?

Helping Without Hurting in Africa Webinar

Helping Without Hurting in Africa Digital Book Launch

By Austin Humbles January 26, 2021

We recently hosted a live webinar to celebrate the launch of our latest resource, Helping Without Hurting in Africa. Watch a recording of the webinar here! 

A Lament

A Lament

By Austin Humbles January 13, 2021

We lament for the brokenness on display in our country and pray with longing for the all-encompassing shalom that comes only through our Lord Jesus Christ. We offer this prayer and invite you to pray with us.

What Does the Lord's Supper Have to Do With Poverty Alleviation?

What Does the Lord’s Supper Have to Do with Poverty Alleviation?

By Austin Humbles January 4, 2021

What does this sacrament have to do with caring for the materially poor and helping them to overcome the causes of poverty in their lives? How does a simple worship service impact the reality that suffering people experience here and now?

Doing All Things Well

Doing All Things Well

By Austin Humbles December 29, 2020

The right approaches to poverty alleviation are not quick fixes, but often decades-long processes that you can’t control. That’s why it’s so important to focus on being formed into people who can walk the long road of mutual transformation by the power of Christ.

What Are People For?

What Are People For?

By Austin Humbles December 1, 2020

If we are serious about our efforts to address the root causes of material poverty and see real change in the lives of people in our communities and around the world, there is a key question that we often fail to ask first. What are people for?

Finding Hope in God's Story

Finding Hope in God’s Story

By Austin Humbles November 16, 2020

What should churches be doing now to serve the materially poor in their neighborhoods and around the world?

Sewing False Dichotomies Back Together

Sewing False Dichotomies Back Together

By Austin Humbles November 9, 2020

We often operate under false dichotomies when we think about serving the poor. What are these dichotomies—and how can we think about poverty alleviation in more biblical ways?

Illustration of a woman

The Stories We Tell

By Austin Humbles October 28, 2020

At Chalmers, we want to be story-driven whenever possible. What makes a good story? One that reflects God’s story, and demonstrates how Jesus brings lasting change in the life of a person, family, or community.