When Helping Hurts: Myths and Realities


The April 5th, 2023 Peer2Peer gathering featured Dr. Brian Fikkert, Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College shares with us about When Helping Hurts: Myths and Realities.

Brian’s pivotal work on the churches engagement globally has substantially impacted North American missions.  Brian will help us understand both the proper application of these key concepts and ways that the ideas may not always be applied correctly.  As our churches seek to share Christ with the nations we want to do it in such a way that we will see the global body of Christ flourish.  Brian’s wisdom and knowledge on these topics will aid our churches in this effort.

About our Speaker

Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development.

He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself as well as:

  • Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions
  • Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence
  • From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance
  • Practicing the King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How we Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give
  • Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream
  • A Field Guide to Becoming Whole: Principles for Poverty Alleviation Ministries   

Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College in 1997, he was a professor at the University of Maryland—College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

He and his wife Jill have 3 adult children and live in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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