Posts in “Helping Without Hurting”

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…

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Collaborating for the Kingdom

By Austin Humbles June 8, 2021

Donors, ministries, and materially poor people are often very different and may live thousands of miles apart. It sure doesn’t feel like much of a community, and sadly, it often doesn’t function like one. How can we better practice kingdom community in the space of poverty alleviation?

Stewarding the King's Gifts

Stewarding the King’s Gifts to Advance His Kingdom

By Austin Humbles June 1, 2021

Every poverty alleviation effort includes three groups of stakeholders: donors, ministry staff and volunteers, and the materially poor people the initiative hopes to serve. How can these three very different groups of people manage their differences and work together for God’s kingdom?

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?

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.

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?

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.

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Why We Do What We Do

By Austin Humbles October 7, 2020

If you’ve been following the work of the Chalmers Center for any length of time, you know that we don’t operate in quite the same way as many ministries. Chalmers isn’t an implementing organization that directly helps materially poor people; rather Chalmers equips your church or ministry to help materially poor people more effectively. To…

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From Needs to Assets—Shifting the Dynamic of Ministry

By Austin Humbles September 21, 2020

When we try to help people, we often start by trying to identify what’s wrong with the low-income individual or community, and then we try to bring in outside resources to fix what’s wrong. What if we started with what’s right with the people and communities we serve?

Faith to Action Webinar

Responding to the Global Impact of COVID-19

By Justin Lonas July 14, 2020

We’ve all felt the impact of the global pandemic in our own backyard. But what’s been the effect on our global neighbors, their families, and vulnerable children? And what can American Christians do about it?

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The Local Church in a Pandemic World

By Austin Humbles May 19, 2020

When we’re faced with a pandemic or a global economic crisis, we look for solutions that are as big as the problem. As part of the global body of Christ, your local church is part of the biggest solution to the world’s biggest problems!

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A (Re)orientation to Chalmers Resources

By Austin Humbles May 6, 2020

Whether you’re new to Chalmers or have been with us for many years, this online guide will help you get connected to the right tools for your ministry.

Benevolence in an Economic Crisis Webinar

Benevolence in an Economic Crisis

By Austin Humbles April 23, 2020

In a global pandemic and economic crisis, helping your neighbors in need can seem like an impossible task! But your church can do something to help. Watch this webinar to learn more!

Help in a crisis

What’s the Best Way to Provide Help in a Crisis?

By Austin Humbles April 14, 2020

The best approach to helping someone depends on the situation. In a time of crisis, we should definitely err on the side of generosity. What does this generosity look like during a global pandemic?

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We’re All Poor

By Austin Humbles April 1, 2020

People in a middle-class community often see the materially poor as people we need to “fix.” But what if everyone is affected by the same underlying brokenness that contributes to material poverty?