Community Development Certificate

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Discover the process of building community relationships and helping communities understand their context, identify priorities, and develop a plan of action for addressing key issues. You’ll learn to apply participatory surveys, appreciative inquiry interviews, asset mapping and project evaluation to the community in which you serve. 

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE: Start this 3-course certificate anytime. A field-expert instructor will grade and share feedback on your work to guide your learning.

Community Development

Community Development Essentials

Analyze context, identify priorities and develop a plan of action for addressing key issues in your community.

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Community Development

Assessment + Planning for Community Development

Discover principles and practices for conducting effective community development program evaluation and implementing your findings.

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Community Development

Asset-Based Community Development

Examine the process of helping geographic and spiritual communities develop by focusing on their assets rather than their needs.

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To earn your certificate, take all three courses or register here to bundle your enrollment. By completing all three 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 at no additional cost.

Why the Community Development Certificate?


Tackle hands-on, heart-engaged projects you can apply directly to your ministry.

Paced for Real Life

Courses are on-demand so you can learn on your schedule.


Instruction from field experts with academic credentials to provide feedback and support.


Personal Computer:  You must have access to a computer with Windows 8/10 or Mac OS X to complete the course work. Linux OS based computers will function for most online content, but you may run into some restrictions when trying to view multimedia content.  

Internet Service: High-speed internet service is recommended. 

CMTI Learning Management System:This course will be administered online here at CMTI runs on a different platform than Canvas. If you have a Crown Canvas account, please note that this login and password are NOT linked, and changing the password on one does not change your password on the other.

Microsoft Office:  Students must submit assignments in Microsoft Word or PDF format unless otherwise specified in order to be graded by Crown’s instructors.