Helping Without Hurting,
Restoring Hope Roanoke is pleased to offer two trainings on the topic of poverty alleviation for churches, small groups, ministries, and interested individuals in the Roanoke Valley.
Helping Without Hurting is a six-hour seminar combining professional videos from the Chalmers Center and in-person discussion groups. Participants learn what the Bible says about poverty and poverty alleviation and consider the stories of real people and ministries today. This is a great launching point for interested individuals and can be the basis for further study and action. It’s also a helpful tool before sending short-term missions teams to impoverished areas. Church benevolence ministry teams may also choose to complete the Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence online course to create or update a helpful church benevolence policy.
Equipping Allies Training is a three-hour workshop intended for those who plan to serve in longer-term relational ministry with those in material need. This is a required prerequisite to volunteer with Jobs for Life and Faith & Finances, but can be helpful for anyone planning to be part of more intensive ministry to the poor. Topics include causes and definitions of poverty, the four key relationships of life, broken relationships, stages of change, and case studies for discussion.