Helping without Hurting in Benevolence Ministry

Help your church or ministry make a real difference in your community.

Get trained to develop a benevolence ministry that helps people who are in material poverty experience lasting change.


Equip your church or ministry with a biblical foundation for responding to requests for financial help.

Train your volunteers

Gain skills and confidence to develop a holistic, relationship-focused benevolence ministry through our online training.

Help effectively

Learn tools and processes to address material poverty in your community in effective, transformational ways.

Churches and ministries often struggle to develop and implement an effective benevolence ministry.

  • They feel overwhelmed by the needs in their community.
  • They feel powerless to help people in the "right way."
  • They feel frustrated because people don't seem to change.
  • They're afraid of "doing it wrong" or enabling people.

Without help from those who’ve been doing this work, it’s hard to move your ministry forward.

Helping Without Hurting in Benevolence Ministry Can Help

We’ll walk you through the process of laying the foundation for your ministry, gathering a team to help you, and creating processes to support (or improve) your benevolence ministry.

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Meet Your Coaches

Our training is facilitated by the Chalmers team and includes written, audio, video, and live discussion content collected from the best of our experience in over two decades of poverty alleviation work.

Get ongoing support from the Chalmers team and like-minded ministry leaders.

Justin Lonas
Justin Lonas
Alex Shipman
Alex Shipman
Janessa Steele 2022
Janessa Steele
Suzanne Burns
Suzanne Burns
Brian Fikkert
Brian Fikkert
Maurice Lattimore
Maurice Lattimore
Steve Corbett
Steve Corbett
Jerilyn Sanders
Jerilyn Sanders

How Helping without Hurting in Benevolence Ministry training works

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Get Trained

Complete 6 units of online training with 6 live, 60-minute coaching sessions. Group pricing is available for your team.

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Gain Confidence

Get equipped to build a benevolence ministry the right way

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Stay Connected

Learn together with like-minded ministry leaders

Tired of feeling alone and unsupported in benevolence ministry?

Frustrated by roadblocks to transformation in your church or community? Have you wished there was a better way to help those who need assistance?

Helping someone move from crisis to long-term change feels overwhelming, messy, and complicated.

At the Chalmers Center, we know how difficult benevolence ministry can be. We’ve studied best practices from poverty experts and learned from experience serving in our own churches. Over time, we’ve found out what works—and what doesn’t—so you don’t have to.

Through Helping Without Hurting In Benevolence Ministry Training, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to apply a biblical framework for poverty alleviation to your benevolence ministry.

Together with like minded leaders, you’ll discover tools to respond to people’s needs effectively, help them experience lasting change, and recognize who God created them to be!

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What you’ll learn from Helping with Hurting in Benevolence Ministry

  • How to apply principles from When Helping Hurts to your benevolence ministry
  • Gain the tools to respond effectively to needs in your church or organization
  • Develop a plan and process for handling request for assistance
  • Equip and empower your deacons and outreach leaders to respond to needs in your community
  • Learn what works to help people move from crisis to long-term change
  • Know how to address the root causes of poverty and not just the symptoms

Frequently asked questions

What will I need for this training?

Because this course is delivered entirely online, participants are expected to have at least an elementary knowledge of a computer operating system and standard software and tools noted below. The necessary hardware and software are:

  • Access to a stable internet connection
  • Access to a device that connects to the internet well
  • Screen size on your device that will allow for you to adequately view shared material and instructor/participant faces 
  • A Zoom account—for weekly online gatherings
  • A Google/Gmail account—for accessing and uploading shared documents on Google drive
What if I can’t make it to all the live sessions?

Great question! You'll have the best experience by participating in all of the live classes. However, each session will be recorded and uploaded to the course platform weekly for the benefit of any participants who may have had an unexpected conflict and for reference for all participants.

How much time should I commit?

Each week you’ll spend 60 minutes in class (online via Zoom) and around 1-2 hours outside of class working on course assignments and activities.

Over the course of this 6 week training, you'll need to set aside a total of 12-15 hours to complete this course.

How are the course materials delivered?

The course materials required for learning are all embedded in the training, hosted on Chalmers’ Pathwright online learning platform in an easy-to-follow lesson format.

What is the cost of the training?


Our goal is to make Helping without Hurting in Benevolence Ministry training accessible to all churches and organizations who are committed to effective poverty alleviation and community flourishing who would like to participate. If the cost is too much to consider for you, we invite you to inquire about a scholarship by contacting the Chalmers Center.

Do you offer group discounts?

We strongly believe that transformative learning happens best in community. Want to bring your whole mercy team, staff, or diaconate through this benevolence training to get a leg up putting what you learn into practice?

Use discount code BENEVGROUP22 when registering to get 20% off orders of 5 registrations or more.

How long will I have access to course content?

Great news, your access never expires!

I have another question. How can I get in touch?

Drop us a line on our Contact Us page. We’d be glad to help!

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