We Field Test
Once we have designed economic development interventions, we test those interventions out in pilot projects. These interventions typically require the creation of curricula and training methods that churches can use to minister to people who are poor. When designing these curricula, we integrate into technical content a number of key biblical themes that address the underlying worldview issues that often contribute to the spiritual, physical, psychological, and social dimensions of poverty. Throughout the Chalmers Center’s materials, learners are invited not only build their knowledge and skills in economic development strategies, but also to follow Jesus Christ as the only One who can restore our relationships with God, ourselves, others, and the rest of creation. Our curricula utilize the leading principles and practices of adult education, a participatory approach to learning that acknowledges that all people are made in the image of God and should be actively engaged in the learning process.