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 Series

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 October 17, 2022

Holistic Ministry Series

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 January 16, 2023

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