The Chalmers Center's vision is for local churches to declare and demonstrate to people who are poor that Jesus Christ is making all things new.
Everything we do begins and ends with helping the church fulfill that role. We equip churches to walk alongside people who are poor, breaking the spiritual, social, and material bonds of poverty.
But the reality of poverty can seem overwhelming. 2.5 billion people around the world live on less than two dollars a day. 45 million people in the U.S. live below the poverty line. So why is our vision focused on local churches—churches that might only consist of 30 or 100 people?
Because the church: Because the church serves as the hands and feet of Christ in a community, it has a unique role in poverty alleviation. It’s where people, whether materially poor or not, encounter Jesus’ compassion and transformative power.
For the church: That’s why we create resources and tools for local churches that help them recognize the brokenness that leads to poverty—and how Jesus’ power can restore that brokenness.
By the church: Our resources and tools are then used by churches to walk alongside people who are poor. In the process, churches affirm the dignity of the materially poor and empower them with practical skills.
With the church: As a result, people who are poor enter into community with the local church. They are enfolded into the family of God, experiencing spiritual, social, and material transformation.
That transformation is the reason everything we do begins and ends with the church. Even though the scale of poverty can seem overwhelming, churches of any size can walk alongside people who are poor, breaking the bonds of poverty.