Frustrated by traditional approaches to poverty?
Do you want to help people in poverty, but feel like you’re not making a difference? Are you frustrated with the way your church or ministry tries to help people? Do you feel disconnected from people and communities that need help? You’re not alone.
Helping the poor is about friendships—people walking with people.
Bestselling book When Helping Hurts changed the way thousands of individuals, churches, and ministries think about poverty. Poverty isn’t about a lack of stuff—it’s the result of broken relationships. By walking alongside people who are poor, we can all experience the healing power of Jesus in our broken relationships.
But what if you don't know anyone who is poor?
As society grows increasingly divided along socioeconomic lines, it’s easy to find yourself living, working, and worshipping with people just like you. When that happens, you miss out on the chance to live out the Kingdom of God!
Take small steps toward big changes.
Are You a Good Neighbor? is an online course designed to help you apply the principles of helping without hurting in everyday life—and take the first steps toward building personal relationships with people in poverty.
Through this course, you’ll learn how to:
Help the poor in a better way
Discover why healthy, two-way relationships are an important key to effectively helping people in poverty.
Break out of the status quo
Transform your heart, change your everyday habits, and improve your ministry with the poor.
Take practical action
Learn from poverty experts, and apply that knowledge in your life, church, and community.
What's in the Course
Unit 1: Heart
Poverty is more than just a lack of stuff. It’s the result of broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. Learn how this dynamic affects our relationships—and how we can experience healing through the reconciling power of Jesus.
Unit 2: Hospitality
True friendships involve both giving and receiving. Learn how to extend hospitality that goes both ways as you engage in relationships with people who are poor.
Unit 3: Space
We naturally avoid places of poverty, ugliness, or despair. As the spaces that we inhabit become increasingly divided along socioeconomic lines, discover how God’s people can live out a new and different way.
Unit 4: Church
We favor what is familiar and tend to worship with those who are most like us. But God calls His people to something greater! Learn practical ways your church can welcome people who are poor.
Unit 5: Money
As Jesus often pointed out, money profoundly affects our relationships with God, ourselves, others, and the creation. Discover how your spending habits can help promote togetherness with people from all income levels.
Meet Your Instructors
Steve Corbett is Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center and Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College. He is co-author of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts.
Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center and a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College. He is co-author of When Helping Hurts.
Jerilyn Sanders is Director of U.S. Programs at the Chalmers Center. She is a Harvard graduate and has worked in a variety of educational and youth development programs in the U.S., with an emphasis on urban communities.
John Mark Bowers
John Mark Bowers is Director of Program Design and Engagement at the Chalmers Center, where he oversees the creation of domestic and international curriculum. He lives with his wife and son in the underserved neighborhood of East Lake in Chattanooga, TN.
Are You a Good Neighbor?
- A self-paced online course
- 11 paradigm-shifting videos
- A Facilitator Guide to help you lead your group
- 36-page downloadable course workbook with discussion questions and worksheets
- Interactive assessment quizzes
If you’re not completely satisfied with this online course, you can return it for a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
Are You a Good Neighbor? is a self-paced online course designed to fit your schedule. Real change takes time, so we encourage you to work through the lessons in this course over a month or more.
How is this course delivered?
The course includes video lessons, interactive quizzes, reflection questions, and discussion guides that you can download, print, and fill out on your own or with others.
How long will I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you’ll have unlimited access to the course across all of your devices for 1 year.
Can I take this course with a learning partner or a group?
Yes! In fact, we encourage you to take this course with a learning partner or a group. Your experience will be enhanced by thinking, reflecting, and discussing this course with others.
I’m not tech-savvy. Will this course be offered as a live training?
Poverty isn't about a lack of stuff. It's about relationships.
This online course will help you learn how to walk in relationships with low-income people—and experience change in your own heart.
Are you ready to be a friend to people who are poor? Let’s get started!