Community Development Essentials

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Examine the process of building community relationships to help communities analyze their context, identify priorities and develop a plan of action for addressing key issues. You’ll create a hands-on project to practically apply community development principles to an actual community context. 

March 13 – May 7, 2023

What you’ll learn:

  1. Understand the basic principles of community development. 
  2. Acquire the skills of empowering members of a local community to assess their community context, inventory resources, and organize, design and evaluate community development programs. 
  3. Reflect on how community development can be implemented in ways that appropriately and authentically foster Christian witness. 
  4. Develop an attitude of empathy that will motivate you to empower communities to move toward responsible well-being. 

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

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Palmer, J. J., (2016). Community development for kingdom impact: Helping people from here to eternity. Self-published [ISBN: 978-0801058455] 

Additional readings are provided in the course.

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


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