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Online Associate Certificate in
Community Development

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Associate Certificate in
Community Development?


The Associate’s Certificate in Community Development introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices of community development with a view to sustaining community well-being through overcoming endemic problems or managing urgent crises. These courses guide students to engage the concerns of community well-being in partnership with God’s mission in the world.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Associate degree program

Course Effort

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Course Length

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Credits Required

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Program Cost

per credit hour

What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving communities in the mission of God.

A survey of Missio Dei, the Mission of God, explores Salvation History through the redemptive vision of God. The student will learn how God is reconciling all of creation unto himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Students will also observe God at work through His people in mission.

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will discover practical and creative ways of deepening their personal spirituality allowing more engagement with not-yet Christians and the development of authentic missional community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, real-life experimentation and weekly Q & A reports.

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.

Introduces students to the evolution and nature of human communities from a geographical, historical, religious, and sociological perspective. Particular attention that may be explored include community formation and change, cooperation within and between communities, claiming communities for Christ, and the need to address community/urban concerns.

This class will review the history and development of crisis and disaster management. It will also discuss the wide range of hazards that can cause a disaster and it will explore the four phases of emergency management (preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery).

An overview of theory, research and action in international community development. Students will learn about both industrialized and less developed countries in various parts of the world in their assignments. The course helps students understand the processes and dimensions of human and community development work.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Christian Community Development Manager, Community Care Coordinator, Community Development Coordinator, Community Development Ministry Coordinator, Community Engagement Coordinator, Community Engagement Project Manager, Community Manager, Assistant Community Manager, Community Ministry Associate, Community Ministry Coordinator, Community Outreach Ministry Area Coordinator, Community Ministries Programme Coordinator, Community & Outreach Coordinator, Community Organizer, Community Pastor, Community Resource Director, Coordinator of Community Outreach, Development & Community Relations Director, Director Community Engagement, Lead Community Organizer, Ministry Coordinator for Community Life, Pastor of Community Evangelism



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course


80% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course


60% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course


40% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.