Heart of Poverty Seminar
Heart of Poverty Seminar

Heart of Poverty Seminar

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Keller Williams Real Estate Office

100 Campbell Blvd., Suite 106

Exton, PA 19341

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This seminar will help you develop a basic understanding of poverty in the US and Chester County. About 33,000 people live in poverty in Chester County, but the need is significantly greater than that. We will discuss what poverty is and what causes it, the impact of hopelessness and hope, what the Bible says about poverty, and dispel myths about the poor. The sessions culminate with a discussion about opportunities to serve the poor right in our own communities.


Facilitators – Roger Wayne, Special Projects Coordinator, CYWA (Community, Youth, and Women's Alliance) and Jim Ford, founder and Director, Good Works, Inc. (retired)


Session 1 – Understanding the Poor

  • Poverty as another culture

  • What does the Bible say about poverty?

  • Causes of poverty in Scripture

  • Criminal justice system

  • Mental models of poverty and middle class

Session 2 – Appreciating the Poor

  • Federal Poverty Level

  • Wealth in Chester County

  • Poverty in Chester County

  • Communication and language

  • Hidden rules of poverty and middle-class

Session 3 – Developing a Heart for the Poor

  • The Good Samaritan

  • Holy discontent

  • Hopelessness and hope

  • Overcoming the burdens of poverty

  • The Wage Gap video

Session 4 – Serving the Poor

  • Four practical steps

  • Guiding principles

  • Testimonies of participants

  • Getting started

  • Opportunities for service

  • Impact and benefits

"I am embarrassed to say that I have often considered poverty a result of laziness. During this class, I realized that poverty is caused by many factors and that the lack of hope seems to be very near the top. What an eye-opening experience!” Don Thompson, Paoli Presbyterian Church

"One of the best things we ever did was host The Heart of Poverty seminar, which helped our staff, volunteers, and board members get a realistic perspective on the challenges that poor families in our communities experience. One volunteer shared that her life was changed and she can work more effectively at the Point to serve the least among us."

Dwayne Walton, Executive Director, The Point

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Exton, PA 19341

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