Foundations of Holistic Ministry

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Develop your understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of holistic ministry in this 4-module mini-course. You’ll examine major paradigms for understanding holistic ministry at both personal and society-wide levels, and put your learning into action with a final project you can apply directly to your ministry context.

What you’ll learn

  • Define holistic ministry.
  • Examine Old Testament and New Testament paradigms for ministry.
  • Examine various theologies of ministry, including a theology of holistic ministry.
  • Explore models for holistic ministry at both the individual and societal levels.
  • Apply holistic ministry principles to your specific ministry contexts.


This course is Part 1 of 3 in the Holistic Ministry course 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.

You can register for ANY course in this series; they do not need to be taken consecutively.

Holistic Ministry Part 2

Holistic Ministry to the Poor

Examine major paradigms for holistic ministry and put your learning into action with a project you can apply directly to your context.

Starts Jan. 12, 2022

Holistic Ministry Part 3

The Practice of Holistic Ministry

Learn the developmental phases and characteristics essential to building your organization’s holistic ministry initiatives in this mini-course.

Starts March 9, 2022

Your Instructor

Wade Copland

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.


  • Ronald, J. S., (1993). Good news and good works: A theology for the whole gospel.Grand Rapids, MI: BakerBooks. [ISBN: 978-0801058455]


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

Additional readings are provided in the course.


Course Syllabus

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