Ministry Training


The staff at Advance Memphis provide training opportunities throughout the year, several through a partnership with Chalmers Center at Covenant College. Programs are tailored for churches and non-profits looking to develop their programs for the unemployed and impoverished. If you have any questions about the below opportunities, please contact Kate Lareau.


We’re often contacted by organizations who want to see a job readiness program in action, learn more about our Advance Memphis Staffing Program, or ask questions about how Advance Memphis operates. Ministry Tours are available to meet these needs. Our next Ministry Tour will be offered Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at a fee of $60 per participant. Generally operating for one day, from 9am – 4pm, Ministry Tours include lunch, sessions with staff members, plenty of time for Q&A, and can include workshops and activities structured to help visitors develop their plans for their programs. To register your group for a Ministry Tour, contact Kate Lareau, Director of Communication. She’ll provide a series of questions for your group to answer, allowing her to tailor the schedule for your group. All participants are asked to read the first 3 chapters of When Helping Hurts before attending the Ministry Tour.


Work Life helps materially poor adults, particularly those from multi-generational poverty backgrounds, to flourish in their careers and communities. Through our Work Life online course and weekend training event, you will be certified to:

  • Facilitate the new Work Life job and life skills curriculum,
  • Establish a jobs preparedness ministry that fits your context and community
  • Mobilize your church or non-profit, local businesses, and other partners to support participants in finding and keeping a job.

The next Work Life Facilitator Training will take place in two stages. The online portion will begin April 25th; live training will take place June 3rd and 4th at the Advance Memphis building. To learn more about Work Life Facilitator Training and see a schedule of upcoming training dates and sites, visit our Work Life page.


Designed for low income individuals, Faith & Finances is an 11 week personal finance course, covering money management, budgeting, managing debt, and setting savings goals. In addition to offering the course to the residents of 38126, we also offer Facilitator Training through a partnership with The Chalmers Center at Covenant College. Becoming a Faith & Finances facilitator prepares you to teach the topics mentioned above and :

  • Move your church or ministry from giving things to the poor to building relationships with the poor, leading to long-term change
  • Apply the poverty alleviation principles described in When Helping Hurts to your context
  • Create a concrete financial education ministry plan tailored to your community
  • Mobilize church members to serve as allies alongside participants, engaging your broader ministry circles in the work of poverty alleviation.

To learn more about Faith & Finances Facilitator Training and see a schedule of upcoming training dates and sites, visit this section of the The Chalmers Center webpage.