This free, self-paced professional development course introduces students to the theory and practice of Christian community development in an increasingly interconnected, urban world. Course topics include: relocation, racism, reconciliation, redistribution, community asset mapping and other Christian community development principles. This course also helps students understand a range of social justice traditions including the Black church, the Latino/a church, Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Global Justice traditions and others.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Articulate the eight principles of Christian community development.
- Reflect on the complexities of relocation, racism, reconciliation and redistribution.
- Create a community assessment for a neighborhood including an asset map and needs assessment.
- Compare social justice traditions including the Black church, the Brown church, Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Global Justice traditions among others.
- Apply the principles of Christian community development and social justice traditions into a personal reflection paper and an organizational strategy paper.
Steps to Receive University Credit
Students who wish to take this course for free and later receive credit with City Vision University can take the following steps:
- Apply for free to City Vision University (takes less than 5 minutes).
- Pay the $100 tuition for the course. This tuition rate includes a $700 scholarship ($650 undergrad) since graduate tuition is regularly $800 ($750 undergrad). This scholarship only applies to first-time students, not to existing City Vision students. This scholarship applies only to City Vision’s non-federal aid courses.
- Choose an option for credit:
a. Independent Study (start dates any time). You can submit your completed student assignment workbook to have your assignments graded for credit. This workbook is provided in the course. Advantage: can start at any time and work at your own pace.
b. 8-Week Course Online with Faculty & Student Cohort (typically one start date per year in schedule). You can use whatever progress you’ve made in the free course to help jump-start you in our regular online course. Advantages: 1) students have a higher completion rate with the support of faculty and benefit from interaction with other students in discussions; 2) students choosing this option may qualify for Pell grants, which often more than pay the cost of tuition.
Self-Paced or Group Facilitated
This course is designed so that students can go through it individually on their own, or go through it as a group facilitated by any group leader. The Guide for Group Leaders & Live Discussions provides suggestions for discussion topics for those going through as a group. The group leader may also choose to assign some of the items in the Student Assignment Workbook as "homework" to do between meetings.
Students that wish to advance their learning may find it helpful to go through the assignments in the above workbook.