Holistic Ministry

1) Chalmers Center Webinar Series to Help You Help Haiti —

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To help churches, relief agencies, and individuals respond appropriately to the crisis in Haiti (helping the Haitian people to take ownership of the rebuilding process), the Chalmers Center will host a three-part, webinar lecture series. The webinars are scheduled for February 17th, February 24th, and March 3rd, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (US). They will be presented by Steve Corbett and Dr. Brian Fikkert, authors of “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself,” a paradigm-shifting book on the causes of and solutions to the problem of poverty

http://www.whenhelpinghurts.org

There is no charge for the webinars. However, to join a live webinar session, you must register — and it works best to register ahead of time (like… now). If you cannot join a live webinar, a download link of the recorded webinar will be posted on the webinar registration page within two business days following the date of the live webinar session. Find the registration link at…

http://chalmers.org/when-helping-hurts/webinar/haiti-02-2010.php

This sounds *reeeeeeeeeeally* good. I can’t figure why they’re offering it for free… unless they see their work as ministry, which is very cool.

3) Get Development Training from Those Who Know it Best —

Interested in holistic microfinance and microenterprise development training? For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting holistic microfinance and microenterprise development. The initial course, Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry, is designed to help you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting church-based economic development in poor communities. The next offering of this course is April 5 – 30, 2010. The cost of this four-week course is $120 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The second course, Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development, provides an overview of microfinance and microenterprise development and offers advice to those interested in selecting and designing a holistic intervention appropriate for their ministry context. The next offering of this course is scheduled for April 5 – May 21, 2010. The cost of this seven-week course including materials is $230 (USD). The Foundations course is a prerequisite for this course. The third course in the series is the eight-week course Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations. The next offering of this course is May 3 -June 25, 2010. This course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development. The cost of this course including materials is $300 (USD). To learn more about these and other courses and see a complete course schedule visit:

http://www.chalmers.org

1) Where to go for Holistic Ministry Training

Looking for Holistic Microfinance and Microenterprise Development Training For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Look no further. The Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses. The initial course, Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry, is designed to help you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting church-based economic development in poor communities. The next offering of this course is April 5 – 30, 2010. The cost of this four-week course is $120 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

The second course, Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development, provides an overview of microfinance and microenterprise development and offers advice to those interested in selecting and designing a holistic intervention appropriate for their ministry context. The next offering of this course is scheduled for April 5 – May 21, 2010. The cost of this seven-week course including materials is $230 (USD). The Foundations course is a prerequisite for this course.

The third course in the series is the eight-week course Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations. The next offering of this course is May 3 -June 25, 2010. This course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development. The cost of this course including materials is $300 (USD). To learn more about these and other courses and see a complete course schedule visit:

http://www.chalmers.org

2) Learn Holistic Ministry

The Chalmers Center offers a series of two distance courses on conducting economic development ministry. The initial course is called Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry. It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities within North America, addresses questions related to poverty, pro-poses a Biblical framework for understanding poverty and holistic development, and examines the role of the local church in the economic empowerment of poor people. Catch it May 4 – 29, 2009. The cost of this four-week course is $120 plus the cost of separately ordered course materials. Learn more about the Chalmers Center at…

http://www.chalmers.org/

5) Tremendous Surge In "Holistic Outreaches"

Medical, developmental, urban, and job-wise… Brigada participants in 2008 yearned for real change in people. Whenever we would mention church planting, folks would be glad. (51 “tags” for 2008.) But when we mentioned some kind of outreach to the poor… to those less fortunate (*hundreds* of tags), that’s when people saw the church (and Brigada) as making a difference.

Learn Holistic Ministry at the Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center for Economic Development will offer our “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance learning course twice this fall. The first offering is scheduled for August 18 – September 13, 2008 and the second for October 20 – November 15, 2008. The fall offering of the follow up course, “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development,” has one remaining seat; however, it will be offered again in Spring 2009.

Topics include:

  • “What causes poverty?” and why this question matters.
  • Should development be based upon people’s needs and/or their assets?
  • Who determines the kind of development that is done and how it is implemented?
  • How should the local church respond to poverty?
  • What impact does worldview have on poverty and development?

For more information, browse to

http://www.chalmers.org/

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