The Community Development & Justice Centre (CDC) is a network within the University of the Nations that promotes a long-term integrated approach to transformation of communities, cities, and nations. The phrases “community development,” “community transformation,” and “nation building” have become commonplace in many parts of the world today. Yet true change at the community, city, regional or national level begins with personal change, including changes in ways of thinking. Changed individuals and communities become agents of transformation at broader levels, making sustainable development a desirable vision that becomes a present reality. Transformation ultimately takes place as a result of changes of the heart and mind when confronted with truth, evidence of the transforming power of the Gospel.
The Community Development School, workshops, seminars, resources, and consulting offered by the CDC are designed to facilitate personal and community-wide transformation in every sphere of society. To that end, the DEV:
- Offers instruction concerning biblical worldview and development principles and practice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels through seminars, workshops, outreaches, internships, and the Community Development Schools;
- Integrates multiple disciplines, encouraging coordination of people, programmes, and resources within YWAM/UofN and other organizations and communities in pursuit of common objectives;
- Acts as a catalyst for discovering God’s view and intentions for lasting change in individuals and communities as revealed through His Word, using conversations, group discussions, and other forms of training and interaction;
- Consults with students about opportunities for service and further training in areas of community development and transformation.