Discover a better way Innovate: Ministry Design

Design a poverty alleviation ministry that helps without hurting.

Helping Without Hurting

Address the broken relationships at the root of material poverty

Train your volunteers

Apply the design thinking process and principles to your ministry

Tools

Develop creative, sustainable solutions to help people

"So, are we doing [this] right?"

 

When it comes to poverty alleviation we quickly find that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. While we often want a “recipe,” what we actually need is a framework to apply within our unique context.

Using the best practices in community development and easy-to-use innovation tools, Innovate equips your team with a biblical framework to develop a poverty alleviation ministry that fosters real change.

You can develop a poverty alleviation ministry that fosters real change.

How Innovate works

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Gather your team

Sign up with 3-7 committed people from your church, community or ministry.

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Get trained

Join us for 8 live online training sessions and breakouts with other leaders.

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Test your idea

Design and test a creative idea for helping people in your community.

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Iterate!

Get tools to help you keep learning and improving your ministry.

Through a ten-week blend of live Zoom classes, exercises in each team’s community, and carefully selected videos and readings, Innovate guides teams through the creation of a new or improved ministry that empowers the materially poor. 
 

You'll need to set aside 36-40 hours to complete this course.

Meet your guides Learn from experienced innovation experts

You'll be learning from Design Thinking & Innovation Specialist, Tabitha Kapic and Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, Becoming Whole & President of the Chalmers Center.

Brian Fikkert
Brian Fikkert
Tabitha Kapic
Tabitha Kapic
WATCH NOW: What Is Innovate? A Tour of Innovate

Join Tabitha Kapic, Director of Innovation at the Chalmers Center, for an overview of how Innovate helps foster real change in your community.

Who is this course for?

Innovate is for ministry and nonprofit teams

Tailored to your context, Innovate equips church and nonprofit teams to develop new or improved poverty alleviation ministries.

  • Ministry Leaders

    you see the unmet needs among the materially poor, but don't know where or how to start.

  • Experienced Practitioners
    you're looking to make the empowerment opportunities in your community more effective.
  • Social Entrepreneurs
    you're driven by the idea of developing better solutions that foster effective poverty alleviation around the globe.

Is Innovate right for me?

Take our 1-minute quiz and find out!

Is Innovate right for me?

Innovate is trusted by 200+ churches and nonprofits worldwide

Blake Schwarz

"The [Innovate] design process led by Chalmers gives me hope because it helps church leaders move from talking about issues to implementing solutions."

Blake Schwarz
Director of Fellows & PCPC at Work
Park Cities Presbyterian Church
Dallas, TX

Michael Rhodes

"This process has really helped me believe that we can equip people to live out the kingdom... I'm more confident that we can help people use their influence to make substantial changes."

Dr. Michael Rhodes
Lecturer in Old Testament
Carey Baptist College, New Zealand

Sarah Lockridge-Steckel

"It made me personally think about ideas that are outside the realm of what I would have normally thought about. Trusting each of the steps has been really powerful and has allowed us to create something together."

Sarah Lockridge-Steckel
Co-Founder & CEO
The Collective Blueprint
Memphis, TN

Laura Green

"It's been really encouraging to see our team use this process to center the actual articulated needs of the communities we serve, as the focus of how we help."

Laura Green
Executive Director
Tekton Career Training
Atlanta, GA

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“I appreciate the work you guys are doing so much because it’s causing paradigm shifts that need to happen. So much more Christ-centered, so much more Gospel-centered, and so much more hopeful.” 

Susan Moffitt
Director of Family Care
Palmer Home, Nashville TN

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“I had intentions, desires, and plans which were all good, but Innovate gave me a concrete framework to hang those things on. I could have a clear plan of execution, and I have a repeatable process that can show others they can do it themselves too.”

Adrian Reid,
CEO & Founder
LegaciGlobal, Barbados and Switzerland

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“I think one of the great things you guys were able to do is somehow guide people through the process who are at very different points.  Regardless of where you’re at in the process, if you want to be a good neighbor, this is a fantastic place to start.”

Crystal Davy
Worship Director & Outreach Coordinator
Grace Chapel, Nebraska

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“The idea of working together as a team, bringing out innovative ideas and ways of really ministering to the local church spoke volumes to me. I learned from Chalmers the emphasis of human flourishing. I think that’s really all it is about God’s story of change.”

Evah Mugari
Empowerment/Development
Partners in Transformation, Zimbabwe

Chalmers resources are trusted by:

Love INC
Prison Fellowship
HOPE International
Compassion International
Tearfund

Schedule

Join Us on Zoom September 1 - November 10, 2022
Wednesdays 10 am-12 pm ET OR Thursdays 12-2 pm ET

Innovate includes 8 live online training sessions with breakout rooms and homework assignments designed to help you brainstorm, design, and test your creative ministry solution.

You'll need to set aside 36-40 hours to complete this course.
Each week you’ll spend 2 hours in class (online via Zoom) and 1-2 hours outside of class working on team homework and with your community.

  • September 1: Course Opens
  • September 7/8: Session 1
  • September 14/15: Session 2
  • September 21/22: Session 3
  • September 28/29 : Listen to Your Community
  • October 5/6: Session 4
  • October 12/13: Session 5
  • October 19/20: Session 6
  • October 26/27: Session 7
  • November 2/3: Community Test
  • November 9/10 : Session 8
Innovate Zoom session

Register your team

Group of 4
Standard Team

$1033

3-4 team members

Group of 5-8
Large Team

$1,342

5-7 team members


You're gaining access to:

  • When Helping Hurts and Becoming Whole co-author, Dr. Brian Fikkert.
  • Innovation tools to build your own effective poverty alleviation ministry.
  • A community of like-minded church and nonprofit leaders learning to improvise the kingdom, together.
  • 8 live online sessions that teach your team how to practically help without hurting.
  • Bonus! Additional equipping tools from the Chalmers online-resource library.
30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Our guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied with this training within 30 days of your purchase, we'll give you a full refund.

Frequently asked questions

What will I need for this training?

You'll need:

  • A team of 3-7 people to go through the process with you.
  • A copy of A Field Guide to Becoming Whole for each member of your team. Physical copies and an ebook version are both available from Moody Publishers. Use promo code CHALMERS at checkout to save 30%. 
  • A stable high-speed internet connection for Zoom calls.

Training is offered in English. Training times are all posted in Eastern time zone.

What if I can’t attend all the live classes?

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

Will it work for teams in the Majority World?

Yes! Innovate will work for your team regardless of your ministry context.

Please note: Innovate is delivered in English and requires a broadband internet connection for video calls.

How long will I have to access teaching content?

One year! Each week you'll get a recording of the class that you're welcome to reference back to.

How much time will I need to commit?

Each week you’ll spend 2 hours in class (online via Zoom) and around 2 hours outside of class working on your team homework and with your community.

Over the course of this 10 week training, you'll need to set aside 36-40 hours to complete this course.

What is the cost?

For church and nonprofit teams of 3-4 people:

$724 when you register before August 15 [Early Bird Discount of $300]

$1033 when you register after August 15

For church and nonprofit teams of 5-7 people:

$1033 when you register before August 15 [Early Bird Discount of $300]

$1342 when you register after August 15

Who should be on my team?

Innovate is designed for teams of 3-7 people. The process works best with a diverse and committed group that includes team members from the community you are designing for.

For example: Trying to create a ministry for single moms? Be sure you have a single mom on the team.

What if I can’t afford the course?

Our goal is to make Innovate accessible to all churches and nonprofits who are committed to effective poverty alleviation and community flourishing. For small and financially challenged teams we invite you to apply for an Innovate scholarship.

How can I help financially challenged teams?

We’re so glad you asked! You can help make more Innovate scholarships available to financially challenged teams—contact us for more information.

Can I sign up without a team?

Innovate is designed for teams of 3-7 people. We don't recommend going through this training by yourself.

What if my team has taken Innovate before?

If you've already gone through the Innovate process, you'll gain even more by doing it again! Innovate is designed to be done over and over again, and we're always adding new tools.

Have more questions? Get in touch.

Don’t miss the chance to innovate for the Kingdom!

Sign up for Innovate and start testing creative solutions to problems in your community.