CMT1000 Intro to Community Development

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Bethany Harris

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of Christian community development. Students will be able to identify the difference between relief, betterment, development, and systemic change and be introduced to key tools and practices for healthy, sustainable community development. This course focuses on the power of listening and working with community.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Anyone serving in a church or community-based NPO impacts his or her community. Students will learn how to define and participate in the community development process. They will begin to understand the nature of associations and institutions and difference and between relief, betterment, development and systemic change and how they impact community development.

Why This Course Is Important:

Students will: 1) Understand the Biblical foundations for community development; 2) Identify type of ministry In vs. To/For vs. With; 3) Discover tools for community development, 4) Understand Asset Based Community Development; 5) Develop basic concepts of Relief Betterment Development/Empowerment Systemic Change; 6) Begin identifying some of the practical implications for our ministries when we work towards healthy communities and systems.