Asset-Based Community Development

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Examine the process of helping geographic and spiritual communities develop by focusing on their assets rather than their needs. You’ll learn to apply strategies including appreciative inquiry and asset mapping and finish the course with a hands-on project you can apply to your community context. 

June 6 – July 31, 2022

What you’ll learn:

  • Appreciate and understand the intercultural dynamics present in a multicultural team context.
  • Analyze biblical precedents as they apply to diversity and ministry which grows out of cooperation.
  • Apply multicultural teamwork principles to an actual work setting.

Your Instructor


Wade Copland pastors a C&MA church replant in Camp Hill, PA, desiring to bring holistic ministry principles to the local church. He earned a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies from Simpson University and an M.A. in Global Leadership from Crown College. Wade and his wife founded a ministry mobilizing Christians for intercultural ministry with Somali refugees and then served with World Challenge as Director of Development Programs, North America.


This course is one of three courses in the Community Development Certificate series. By completing this and the other two courses in this series with a demonstrated 80% proficiency, you are eligible to apply your Certificate of Completion for 3 academic credits in a graduate degree at Crown College.


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Harder, C. (2013). Discovering the other: Asset-based approaches to building community together. The Alban Institute. 

Kindle and paperback versions of the text are available through Amazon.

Additional readings are provided in the course.


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