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.

The Incarnation and Poverty Alleviation

The Incarnation and Poverty Alleviation

By Austin Humbles December 22, 2020

Poverty is complex and multi-faceted. Individual sin, systemic oppression, and even demonic forces can all contribute to poverty. Indeed, the problems are so large that only God can solve them, not a distant God but an incarnate God. The only solution to poverty once lay in a manger.

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?

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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.

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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…

Partnerships Re-Purpose Space and Re-Ignite Hope

Partnerships Re-Purpose Space and Re-Ignite Hope

By Austin Humbles October 5, 2020

How a long process of transformation brought churches, nonprofits, and even government services together to show the love of Christ in a community.

Relational Ministry in a Virtual World

Relational Ministry in a Virtual World Webinar

By Austin Humbles September 29, 2020

Recently, we hosted Relational Ministry in a Virtual World, a free webinar to help churches make the most of virtual tools to keep ministry going during the pandemic.

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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?

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Disconnected Times Don’t Have to Stop Relational Ministry

By Austin Humbles September 15, 2020

How do you do face-to-face ministry when gathering people together could be a threat to their health? During this season, churches and ministries are getting creative with solutions that allow them to continue serving well.

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The Beautiful Community of the Church

By Austin Humbles September 8, 2020

The impact of racial hierarchy, privilege, and class in society has a substantial impact on the way people interact with one another and value themselves. The church is not immune to this dynamic. You don’t overcome the dignity dynamic simply by believing in Jesus together. However, there is joy in the pursuit as we toast to the truth of the beautiful diverse community that God desires to create.

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Finding Home: Hope and Partnership through Financial Education

By Austin Humbles August 31, 2020

When Steve and Miranda came to Love INC, they wanted help preparing to buy their first home. They found sound financial advice—but they also found hope and a community where they belonged.

Helping Vulnerable People in Financial Emergencies

Helping Vulnerable People in Financial Emergencies Webinar

By Austin Humbles August 28, 2020

Recently, we hosted Helping Vulnerable People in Financial Emergencies, a free webinar to help churches discover how the best ways to assist people who are struggling financially.

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Waging Spiritual Warfare on Racial Injustice

By Austin Humbles August 26, 2020

Scripture has plenty to say about the ways Satan and his legions are actively involved in the affairs of this world, but we often ignore spiritual warfare. Every physical problem in this world is also spiritual in nature—and racism is no exception. How can churches address the spiritual roots of racial injustice?

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Social Mobility or Restored Community: What Is Money for?

By Austin Humbles August 14, 2020

Financial education is a key part of helping people in poverty experience greater flourishing. But when we try to educate others about finances, it often reveals what we really believe about money. What stories do we believe about money—and what stories are we telling other people?

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Racial Injustice and Broken Systems

By Austin Humbles August 11, 2020

If we want to truly love our neighbors, we need to recognize the ways that our neighborhood might be contributing to their plight. Broken people make broken systems, and these broken systems inflict more pain and brokenness on individuals. How can churches address broken systems here and now?