What is Pivot Ministry?

What is Pivot Ministry?

Pivot Ministry exists to empower low-income women for better life and income-producing opportunities.


WHO:  Pivot’s classes are small groups of women who are:


  • ready to make a change in life
  • without minor dependents in the home
  • willing to commit and to participate in weekly classes
  • interested in building community with others
  • open to a Biblical foundation and a one-on-one Christian mentor.
HOW: To empower participants Pivot offers:


  • classes in
    • life skills
    • job readiness
    • Bible study
  • one-on-one Christian mentors
  • an asset-based development approach
    • building upon participants’ strengths, not needs
    • committing to long-term change and progress
    • creating a trusted small-group community for participants
  • community collaboration
    • linking to – not duplicating – existing programs, training, resources
    • connecting with grass-roots leaders to identify participants and build trusting relationships
    • encouraging participants to find ways in which they can give back to their respective communities.
Pivot empowers participants to deal with life challenges that are deeper than the most recent crisis and partners with them providing a hand up, not a hand out.

What Should Our “Help” Look Like?

Characteristics of Successful Economic Development Interventions:


  • Use development rather than relief, because the vast majority of people in North America are capable of participating in the improvement of their lives;
  • Improve some aspect of the economic system or enable people to use the existing system more effectively;
  • Use an asset-based approach that builds upon the skills, intelligence, labor, discipline, savings, creativity, and courage of people;
  • Have the potential to be designed, implemented, and evaluated in a participatory manner;
  • Provide an opportunity to use biblically based curricula, allowing for a clear presentation of the gospel and the addressing of worldview issues;
  • Use church-based mentoring teams that can offer love, support, and encouragement, thereby providing a relational approach that seeks to restore people’s dignity (relationship to self), community (relationship to others), stewardship (relationship to rest of creation), and spiritual intimacy (relationship to God);
  • Are implemented over fairly long periods of time, thereby creating space for “development,” the process of ongoing change and reconciliation, for both the “helpers” and the “helped.”

Used by permission, adapted from Corbett, S., & Fikkert, B. (2012). When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself.  Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, pages 175-176.