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Course 331 - Introduction to Christian Community Development

SKU: CVC 331

Course 331 - Introduction to Christian Community Development (3 credits)

Course Description

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of Christian community development in an increasingly interconnected, urban world.  Students will be equipped to develop church-based, holistic community development strategies that cultivate community assets and empower indigenous leadership in low-income communities.  Special emphasis will be placed on issues of fundraising, shared vision, and resource development for various anti-poverty strategies.


Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to the philosophy and practice of Christian community development.
  • Empower ministry leaders to foster holistic, church-based development strategies in their respective communities.
  • Create a framework for empowering communities and nurturing indigenous leadership.
  • Provide tools for asset-based strategies, accessing community resources, fundraising, and networking around shared vision.


Weekly Topics

  1. Foundations of Christian Community Development
  2. Going Deeper: Relocation and Redistribution
  3. Going Deeper: Reconciliation and Listening to the Community
  4. Going Deeper: Empowerment and Indigenous Leadership Development
  5. Going Deeper: Church-Based and Holistic Approaches
  6. Issues in CCD: Poverty Fighting Strategies
  7. Issues in CCD: Relocation Challenges
  8. Shared Vision and Fundraising


Required Texts

  • Edited by Perkins, John. Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing it Together and Doing it Right. Baker Books 2007 ISBN-10:080105463X
  • Lupton, Bob. Toxic Charity. HarperOne 2011 ISBN-10:0062076205
  • Nouwen, Henri. A Spirituality of Fundraising. ISBN-13: 9780835810449.

Recommended Texts

  • Perkins, John. Let Justice Roll Down. Regal 2006. ISBN-10:0830743073
  • Perkins, John. With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development. Regal 2011.ISBN-10:0830759549
  • Fikkert, Brian, Corbett, Steve and Perkins, John. When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself. Moody 2009. ISBN-10:0802457053
  • Bakke, Raymond. A Theology as Big as the City. IVP Academic 1997. ISBN-10:0830818901
  • Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Continuum (2000) ISBN-10:0826412769
  • Keller, Timothy. Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just. Dutton Adult 2010. ISBN-10: 0525951903


Course Materials & Fees:

Restoring At-Risk Communities $11.55
Toxic Charity   $13.10
A Spirituality of Fundraising $9.74
Tuition    $700.00
Total Cost of Course $734.39                                             

Before registering for this course, you must be an enrolled student with City Vision University and have read the "Cancellations and Settlements" form. For Admission and Enrollment procedures please visit our "Enroll Now" page.

To register for this course:

  1. If you are not already a student: Apply Now & agree to the terms of the included Enrollment Agreement. Once your application is approved, log in to Populi to register.
  2. If you are a student: log in to Populi, and register from your student dashboard.

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