For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting Christian microfinance and microenterprise development. The initial course is Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry. The course is designed to help you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting church-based economic development in poor communities within Africa, Asia and Latin America. The next open offering of this course will be February 1- 26, 2010. Cost of this four-week course is $120 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.
The second course in the series is Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development. This course provides an overview of microfinance and microenterprise development and offers advice to those interested in selecting and designing a holistic intervention appropriate for their ministry context. The next offering of this course is scheduled for January 4 – February 19, 2010. Cost of this seven-week course including materials is $230 (USD). Note that the Foundations course is a prerequisite for this course.
The third course in the series is the eight-week course Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations. The next offering of this course is scheduled for May 3 – June 25, 2010 with another offering scheduled for October 25 – December 17, 2010. This course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development. Cost of this course including materials is $300 (USD). Learn more about these and other courses at: