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. 

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE: Start this course anytime, and you’ll have 3 months to complete all coursework. A field-expert instructor will grade and share feedback on your work to guide your learning.

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. 


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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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.   

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.


Course Syllabus