Have you sensed that your outreach and poverty alleviation efforts are not only hurting the poor in your community but also hurting yourself?


41 Million Americans are affected by poverty, including 1 in every 5 children.

The church is co-missioned by God to bring healing to wounded lives, restoration to broken systems and relationships, and economic security where there is hardship. However, so often churches in America struggle to support families impacted by poverty in ways that are relational, holistic and lasting.

The Cost of Poverty Experience: Faith Edition is a 3 hour experiential training that is designed to give participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income persons living in your community and participating in your ministries.

COPE is a tool that will help your church:

  • Deepen their understanding of the realities of Poverty in America.

  • Develop practices that have a lasting impact on poverty

  • Engage in meaningful ways to bring about restoration to your community   

What’s so powerful about the COPE is that it’s intense and it offers an emotional taste of the weight of poverty. And there’s something about that that opens up our willingness to understand poverty differently, to consider, ‘Maybe I’ve been thinking wrongly about this, or not thoroughly enough about this,’ that’s really powerful. When you feel it, suddenly you might be willing to rethink it... I can’t tell you how many times we’ve referenced back to COPE as we’ve talked about how we’re going to engage with poverty in our community
— Gabe Coyle, Campus Pastor, Christ Community Church-Downtown

An Experience For Everyone.


The Cost of Poverty Experience has been adapted to reflect the experience of poverty in various contexts. Please click on one of the sectors below that best describes the organization that you are affiliated with to find out how COPE can help you have greater impact.