Master of Arts in Christian Community Development

Northern’s new Master of Arts in Christian Community Development begins June 10-13, 2018.*

Through a partnership with Lawndale Community Church and working with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Northern Seminary will offer a Master of Arts in Christian Community Development (MA-CCD) beginning June 10-13, 2018.

The program is led by Wayne “Coach” Gordon, the co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Courses will be taught by Wayne Gordon, with participation from John Perkins and CCDA president Noel Castellanos.

In this program, students will engage with complex social and cultural issues facing urban communities, including racism, poverty, and violence, and integrate the principles of Christian Community Development in their own context. The program also provides a foundation of biblical knowledge, theology, and church history, focusing on urban theology and the history of the urban church in America.

Northern is also beginning a new Doctor of Ministry cohort with CCD emphasis in June 2018. Click here for more information.

Open to Students across the Country

The MA in Christian Community Development is offered to students across the country through a combination of interactive live-streaming classes and one-week intensive classes linked to the annual CCDA conferences.

With Northern’s smart classroom technology, you can interact with the professors and other students no matter where you live. Now you can earn a Master’s degree with a cohort of learners without leaving your community.


Since 2010, Northern Seminary has offered specialized classes in Christian Community Development at its extension site at Lawndale Community Church on the West Side of Chicago, taught by CCDA co-founders Wayne “Coach” Gordon and John Perkins, and other leading practitioners of urban ministry. Now, Northern is expanding its CCD offerings by launching a Master of Arts degree in Christian Community Development.


CCD Specialization Courses (21 total quarter hours)

  • Understanding the City
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Church and Community Development
  • Race, Reconciliation, and Reparations
  • Community and Economic Reconciliation
  • Nurturing Your Call
  • Leadership with Justice and Compassion

Capstone Thesis (3 quarter hours)

Christian Heritage Courses (30 total quarter hours)

  • Exploring the Bible
  • Pentateuch
  • Former Prophets
  • Jesus & the Gospels
  • Acts and Paul’s Letters
  • Theology 1
  • Theology 2
  • Theology of Church & Culture
  • History of Christianity Survey
  • History of the American Urban Church

Convenient Schedule
Students take classes one evening a week. Most classes will be scheduled Monday, either at 4:00 or 7:00 Central Time, and occasionally on a Tuesday. The MA-CCD can be completed in three or four years so that students can balance the course work with their commitments to family, work, and ministry (see example of the course schedule here).

The MA-CCD program offers a unique pricing structure designed for the leader in an urban context. The cost of the program is substantially lower than most seminary degrees and is paid as monthly installments over the course of your program. In addition, students who apply for Northern financial aid may qualify for a 20% scholarship.

For more information or to get started:
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*Northern Seminary is accredited by the ATS Commission on Accrediting. Approval of this program is pending.

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