Christian Community Development

In June 2018, Northern launches Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry programs in Christian Community Development.


Through a partnership with Lawndale Community Church and working with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Northern has developed specialized courses designed to fit the specific interests and needs of students who are focused on enriching their knowledge of urban ministry.

Northern offers several options to study Christian Community Development:

  • New Master of Arts in Christian Community Development (click here for more information)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Christian Community Development (click here for more information)
  • Certificate in Christian Community Development, offered at both the graduate and non-graduate levels
  • Christian Community Development emphasis in our Master of Divinity or MA in Christian Ministry degrees.

If you have a passion for ministry in an urban setting, and want to engage in the exploration of issues in urban ministry through the lens of theological reflection and the perspective of Christian faith, then pursuing a Christian Community Development emphasis at Northern Seminary may be the right option for you.

Is this program for me?

The Christian Community Development Emphasis is for:

  • Church staff and others who are engaged in ministry in an urban setting.
  • Anyone interested in deepening his or her knowledge of the Bible, theology, ethics and specialized skills for ministry in the urban church.
  • Pastors or church leaders who want to gain specialized skill for ministry with a focus on Christian Community Development.

Christian Community Development classes include:

  • 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

For more information or to get started:

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