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Minister to the Poor Without Creating Dependency - Chalmers Center

For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting Christian microfinance and microenterprise. The first in the series, “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry,” will be offered twice this fall. The first offering is scheduled for August 18 – September 13, 2008 and the second offering is scheduled for October 20 – November 15, 2008. The “Foundations” course is designed for an individual or a ministry team doing community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders, lay staff and missionaries. It lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian community development in low-income communities. (The Chalmers Center also offers a U.S./Canada version of this “Foundations” course which will be offered again early next year.)

Topics covered in the “Foundations” course are:

"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?

The “Foundations” course is a guided-reading program that utilizes email and threaded discussion technology, with weekly written assignments submitted by email and peer-to-peer interaction with the other course participants. There are no set class times and the course uses low bandwidth, thus slow dial-up speed from a remote location will not limit participation. No prior experience is required. On average, the course requires 8-10 hours of work per week. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. Group rates and Two-Thirds World rates are available.

To register for this course, please visit our website, www.chalmers.org. On the home page, click the large “Distance Learning” button on the right side of the page. When registering, use Reference Identifier MK-05/08.

The Chalmers Center offers two follow-up distance courses in this series. The second course in the series, “Principles and Practices of Microfinance and Microenterprise Development,” orients students to a range of available microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions, and helps them select the approach that is most appropriate in their context. “Principles” is scheduled for October 22 – November 7, 2008 with one remaining seat and will be offered again in Spring 2009. This course is also offered in a self-study format. The third course in the series, “Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations,” teaches basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. It will be offered again in Spring 2009. The “Foundations” course is a prerequisite for the “Principles” course, which is a prerequisite for the “SCAs” course.

For more information please visit our website, www.chalmers.org, e-mail chalmers@covenant.edu, or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.).

The Chalmers Center for Economic Development is a training center housed at Covenant College that equips the church worldwide to minister to the poor without creating dependency.

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posted by Justin Forman | 5.14.2008 - 1:15 PM

1 Comments:

I'd like to link to you blog from my blog. I have a site dealing with eco-micro enterprise in the USA and dealing with both poverty and the environment in California.
Please let me know if you would like to exchange links...
here is the URL for my site
http://meshincorg.typepad.com/micro_enterprise_solar_ha/2008/05/eco-micro-enter.html
commented by Anonymous Marti, 7:33 PM  

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