Poverty was never God’s plan. As believers, we are called to help the poor participating effectively in the eradication of systemic poverty.
As societal architects, we are looking for solutions that work. Solutions based on a Christian worldview and in bible principles. In this course, we will learn the moral, biblical, and economic foundation to help those trapped in poverty. We will discuss the importance of the role of charity (which does help), justice, and human development.
The question is, how can we effectively eliminate poverty? Through this course, your eyes will open to see what works and what does not work in the attempts many have made in the fight against poverty. In this course, you will learn how to help eradicate poverty with effective long-term results.
This course will inspire you and give you clear direction for you to become a part of the solution. We will learn how the gifts and destiny of every individual enable them to operate in their calling with the goal of serving and contributing to society.
Man, with the right education, financial help, and trade connections can come from a place of being helped to becoming a producer, from existing to living, from seeking a job to creating jobs. We will learn that nature and human creativity is their ability to come out of poverty.
In this course, we count with the collaboration of The Acton Institute, The Institute of Faith, Works, and Economics, Dr. Art Lindsley, Dr. Ismael Hdez. and Drs. de Maa.
Receive the divine blueprints that will help you be a part of the solution to eradicate poverty in remote communities as well as those that are near.
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WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
“Dignity.” That word jumped into my heart. I grew up in a country where social status (discrimination) is very strong, so you don’t mingle with the “poor.” When I became a Christian that started to change. I couldn’t believe I was the same person because I even got baptized with my son in a Church in a very poor and humble area of Bogotá. All of these lectures are changing the way I see the poor now. Creative human beings, who have the same hopes and dreams as I do. God is changing all this through His love encouraging me to understand more that we are all alike in His eyes, made at His image and likeness.”Sylvia G.
“What a wonderful course! I know this will be extremely helpful with our work in Nicaragua.”Linda S.
“Wow! These videos are truly amazing. What a paradigm shift in my thinking and understanding. Great ground work by Kees-Jan to help us understand poverty and the poor!”Malik E.
“Thank you for opening my eyes to a better way, and even to be more responsible where and how to help.”Maria A.
Drs. Kees-Jan & Candy de Maa
in Collaboration with Acton Institute and Dr. Ismael Herdandez
Kees-Jan and Candy de Maa are dedicated to inspiring and equipping others so they can do what inspires them. They believe that every human being was created with a purpose, unique gifts and talents that are necessary contributions to our world. As we collaborate with others, together we can discover, design, shape and implement the designs that will help the different cultures flourish.
IN COLLABORATION WITH:
Supportive Course Materials from:
Acton Institute – The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.
Supportive Course Materials from:
Dr. Ismael Hernandez – Founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute.
I. A Biblical Perspective on the Poor.
- Who are the Poor?
- Poverty and the Poor in the Old Testament.
- Remember the Poor: a New Testament Perspective on the Problems of Poverty, Riches, and Redistribution.
- Charity that Hurts.
- Charity, Justice, and Human Development.
- Principles to Address the Problems of Poverty.
- Does God Require the State to Redistribute Wealth? An examination of Jubilee and Acts 2-5.
- Markets and Justice.
- Justice for the Poor.
III. The Power of Local Companies.
- Charity, Justice, and Human Development.
- Fighting Poverty Through Enterprise. The Entrepreneurial Calling.
- Why Does Income Inequality Exist? An Economic and Biblical Explanation.
- The Moral Potential of the Free Economy.
- The Hidden Reason of Poverty that the World Must Face.
- A Poverty Program That Worked.
- Alleviating Poverty in the Abstract.
- “Stop Helping Us”: A Call to Compassionately Move Beyond Charity.
- Circles of Exchange.
- The Power of the Gospel.
- Christians and Poverty: the Voluntary Principle in Action.
- Churches, Communities and Culture.
- How to Apply Effective Principles in Churches.
- Reaching Poor Communities that are Remote as those that are Near.
HOW DO GROUP COURSES WORK?
ASSIGN A GROUP LEADER
Each group will need a designated leader who will facilitate how the course will work within your group. This is the person who will be the main point of contact for all group members. This is also the person who should register the group and handle payments.
IMPORTANT: The group leader MUST send a list of all group members to firstname.lastname@example.org promptly following registration. This list MUST include all member’s (including leader’s) full name and email address. This list will determine group member access.
GROUP MEMBER ACCESS
Each group member will need to create a student login before they are given access to the course materials. The group leader will be given these instructions to distribute to all group members. You can also create a student login right here by clicking the button below. Once your student login is created, you will be provided with access to course materials. (Access will be given within ITC office hours Mon. – Thurs.)
It is important to note that group member access is only given to those submitted by the group leader as group members.
WHAT IF MY GROUP IS MORE THAN 10?
No problem. If you’ve got more than 10 people in your group, contact us (email@example.com) FIRST (before registering) with the exact number of group members that you have. Include each member’s name and email address. We will send you (group leader) a customized rate for your particular group size. Additional members are added for $50 each.
Note: Discounts are not offered for groups less than 10. Bottom line group pricing is $500.
CHOOSE YOUR STUDENT COST
Each group course registration costs $500.00 (USD) which provides full course access for the group leader plus 9 others. The course will be accessible for all members (both personally and in a group setting) for 6 months from the time of registration.
You can handle student costs however you choose. Here are some options that you might consider:
- Divide the cost by all members and charge each student accordingly. For example, if you have 10 students, charge each $50. $50 x 10 = your $500 group cost. Likewise, if you only have 8 students, charge each $62.50.
- Charge above course cost and earn a small profit from each student.
- If you are an organization that already charges students for schooling, work this cost into your enrollment/registration fees and purchase the group course as an organization (avoids having to collect a separate fee).
- If you are an organization, consider paying a portion of course costs and only charging individuals the remaining portion. For example: for a group of 10, the organization pays $250 and each member pays $25.
- Foot the bill yourself and do not charge members.
CAN I EARN CREDIT UNITS?If you’re looking to earn credit units for this course, you will need to register separate from a group. While the teaching material is the same, credit student courses include required assignments, research paper, exam, etc.
You are still welcome to meet with a group for the group experience, however, you will not register with your group, but through the individual course registration below.
DECIDE HOW YOU WILL STUDY
Group course registrations include individual access logins for 10 people. This means that each group member can access the full course from home (or anywhere with internet access for that matter). As the group leader, you can decide how your group will best learn together.
Here are some of our ideas:
- You may choose to have all group members study designated portions at home and then periodically meet to review and discuss the material.
- You can all join in one place and view the teaching together at the same time.
- Do a combination of both home-study and group-study. Watch portions of the teaching together and assign other portions to be viewed individually at home.
- Add assignments, discussion questions, reading, etc. The group course will come with a recommended book for this course along with a few activation assignments. The leader can choose how they will (or will not) incorporate additional assignments or activations for the group study.
DECIDE WHERE YOUR GROUP WILL MEET
The group course materials can be accessed by any group member anywhere where there is internet connection (including phones or tablets).
If you are watching/listening to the material together as a group, choose a location with a large enough screen so that all can see. You will also want a location with strong internet connection/speed to avoid streaming interruptions.
GROUP COURSE REGISTRATIONIncludes course access for up to 10 students.
Group leader should be the one to register for the course as they will be the contact person for group member access.
Group registration includes individual course access for up to 10 people (group leader + 9 more).
This course includes over 10 hours of video teaching sessions that are broken down into short, digestible segments. You will also receive PDF access to a detailed student manual and activation assignments.
IMPORTANT: The group leader MUST send a list of all group members to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately following registration. This list MUST include all member’s (including leader’s) full name and email address. This list will determine group member access. (In other words, we’ll only give access to the names that you provide.)