CMS Neighborhood Transformation is a strategy that helps churches minister in a wholistic manner to people in urban poor neighborhoods. It empowers people to take responsibility for their own lives. It helps neighbors to help their neighbors and moves them from welfare and relief to empowerment. It focuses on assets found in the neighborhood, which fosters local ownership instead of being based on problems that they expect outsiders to fix for them.
The courses are a framework that empowers people to take initial steps of taking responsibility for their own lives and in turn teaching others in ways that facilitate change in their own communities. From a biblical perspective, these courses equip the participants to teach others and facilitate action and progress in their community. Emphasis of the use of local resources and people’s God-given skills and talents are taught so that solutions can be passed along from neighbor to neighbor.
Believers equipped to share their faith and disciple neighbors in cross-cultural settings.
Enrollment requires a basic secondary education. Graduation for course of study requires 39 credits with GPA C (77%) or higher.
GENERAL EDUCATION (6 Credits)
GED 105 Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation
GED 103 Health/Wellness
Total GED Credits
BASIC CHRISTIAN STUDIES (18 Credits)
BSO 200 OT Survey
BSO 203 NT Survey
HSG 300 Church History Survey/or the Book of Acts
TSB 400 Basic Christian Doctrines/Theology
APL 503 Leadership and Church Administration
APD 505 Discipleship & Followership
Total Basic Christian Studies Credits
NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION CONCENTRATION (15 Credits)
DCD 100 Introduction to Neighborhood Transformation
DCD 101 Emotional Care and Trauma Healing
DCD 102 Healthy Families: Fathers, Mothers, Youth, and Aging Parents
DCD 103 Entrepreneurship
DCD 104 Helping Our Neighbors
Total Neighborhood Transformation Credits
Total CMS in Neighborhood Transformation Credits