Urban Ministry & Community Development Tools


The Community Services & Urban Ministry Certification Program: This community-based program equips participants to be engaged with critical service learning to create a sustainable impact in their communities.

The curriculum contains 15 modules with teaching notes and an accompanying Powerpoint presentation that instructors anywhere in the world can adapt and present to locals who desire to be better equipped to serve their communities. This curriculum lays the groundwork for comprehensive community-based ministry, where it be from a local church or from a nonprofit organization.


  • Theological, Historical, and Ethical Concepts of Holistic Ministry
  • Community Assessment and Social Capital
  • Performance Measurement for Effective Ministry
  • Ministry Development and Strategic Planning
  • Volunteer Engagement/Human Resources
  • Finances and Accountability
  • Fundraising Fundamentals
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Risk Management and Legal Issues
  • Going Public - Representing the Adventist Church
  • Medical Missionary Work - Comprehensive Health Ministry
  • Organizational Leadership and Team Development
  • Ministering Across Cultures
  • Urban Mission and Centers of Influence
  • Essentials of Church Disaster Preparedness and Response

The Intensive Course Learning Method (Flipped Classroom)

         Module 16 of the Community Services & Urban Ministry Certification Program (CSUM) will be
         done in person, in real-time, with a facilitator in a classroom utilizing the Flipped Classroom learning


Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI) advances the ministry of philanthropy through: advocacy, education, programs, and resources/services...


Adventist Risk Management provides solutions to minimize risks within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We counsel and recommend appropriate measures to assist the Church in eliminating costly mistakes that can lead to accidents...


Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) was created in 1976 to meet the city's need for experienced pastors with training in urban issues and systems.


The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right resources to address their challenges and opportunities.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - The mission of LIHEAP is to assist low-income households who pay a high proportion of household income for home energy. LIHEAP offers the following types of programs: bill assistance, energy crisis assistance, and weatherization and energy related home repairs. Website

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) - TEFAP helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.Website  

Creating a Faith based Community Garden (PDF)