Posts in “U.S. Ministry”
How one local church is opening its space to neighbors in new ways—and seeing God transform lives in the process.
How one church is working to build closer relationships with their low-income neighbors in Jackson, MS—and how your church can do the same.
Project Connect Nashville is working to help people “get out and stay out” of poverty through relationships and connections with local churches. Check out our interview with the Project Connect team!
Getting people together always requires financial resources—and Faith & Finances is no different. There are a few costs that you’ll need to plan for, such as purchasing Participant Guides, hosting meals, or providing childcare. You’ll need to create a simple budget for your Faith & Finances class and identify funding sources to cover those costs.
As participants go through your 12-week financial education class, they’ll need lots of relational support and encouragement along the way. That’s where allies come in! Finding and training the right people to serve as allies can be a challenge. But over the years, we’ve learned a few things that can help you recruit the right people for the job.
Finding folks to join your Faith & Finances class can be a challenge, especially if your church or ministry doesn’t have existing connections with people who can benefit from Faith & Finances. But there are a few things you can do to get the word out.
Chalmers staff member Laura Haley sat down with Vicki Conn, Director of Love INC of Greater Holmes County, to discuss how local churches are transforming lives and communities in the name of Christ.
Faith & Finances uses the tangible, customizable flipchart in every lesson. Flipcharts are great because they require no electricity, software updates, or photocopiers. But just because they are intentionally low-tech doesn’t mean that the importance of good flipcharting should be underestimated!
The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is a tool that can help move your church or faith-based ministry into a deeper understanding of poverty that facilitates meaningful dialogue and engagement.
When one Ohio couple called Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), they asked for help with housing. But what they found was a supportive community. When Elmer and Dawn contacted Love INC of Greater Holmes County, Elmer was recovering from drug addiction, and the couple was working to regain custody of their three children….
Maurice participated in Faith & Finances at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he learned practical skills that helped him overcome financial obstacles. Today, Maurice has a new vision for his future and enjoys renewed relationships with friends and family.
What areas of your life do you long to see reconciled and made new? It may seem like a strange question. But on a summer day in Memphis, TN, a group of people navigating unemployment wrestled with it in powerful ways. One by one, they each described areas of brokenness in their lives that they…
Jerilyn Sanders is the Director of US Training at the Chalmers Center. Her work combines two things: her love for God’s people and her passion for education that empowers the disenfranchised. In this role, Sanders and her team created Faith & Finances, a financial education curriculum that allows the church to minister holistically in its…
“Antonia, we think of you now when we go in the store and start to buy something. We ask ourselves, ‘Is this a need or a desire?’” In 2013, Antonia Alzate led a field test of Fe y Finanzas, the Spanish-language version of the Chalmers Center’s Faith & Finances program. “I saw the need in…
Twenty-two women sat around tables, casually eating a classic southern lunch of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and peanut butter pie. They laughed together, swapped stories about their families, and shared about their upcoming plans. It could have been a women’s ministry potluck. But they were not in a church fellowship hall. A…