Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
Inspired by Thomas Chalmers, a 19th century Scottish pastor who believed that the local church needed to take a more active role in ministering to the poor in both word and deed, Dr. Brian Fikkert founded The Chalmers Center. The vision of the Chalmers Center is to train local church leaders in the U.S. and Canada to empower the poor to overcome cycles of poverty while pointing them to Jesus Christ. A centerpiece of its methods is a curriculum written by Fikkert and Steve Corbett, Community Development Specialist, called When Helping Hurts. This book and small group guide train church leaders in how to alleviate poverty by addressing the root causes of poverty. Another integral training for local churches is a curriculum called Faith and Finances, a biblically integrated financial education curriculum designed specifically for low-income people. In close association with Covenant College (Presbyterian Church of America), The Chalmers Center resources will be most compatible with ministry leaders from the Evangelical tradition, though may also be valuable to many Christian churches looking for training resources to address issues of poverty.