Sustainable Community Development

What is Sustainable Community Development?

The Sustainable Community Development major (SCD) is an interdisciplinary degree through which students learn the theories and techniques behind sustainable community development, preparing them to take a holistic approach as they care for a person’s body, mind, and spirit.

What can I do with a degree in Sustainable Community Development?

The Sustainable Community Development major prepares students to help community groups identify and meet their local needs. Students gain hands-on knowledge of raising herbs, fruits, vegetables, rabbits, chickens, and goats. They learn to compost food wastes, assist local food banks, and establish community gardens. Experienced community developers come to our classes to share the keys they have learned in starting after school study areas, offering health education training, organizing short-term medical clinics, offering short-term small business loans, managing organic farms, developing viable honey businesses, etc.

Where are graduates with a degree in Sustainable Community Development finding jobs?

  • Refugee support and resettlement
  • Community development agencies
  • Cross-cultural discipleship ministries
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Humanitarian relief
  • Urban and regional planning / Housing Department
  • International law and human rights
  • Promotion of civil society and peacebuilding
  • Public health management and nutrition
  • Social Services
  • Department of Agriculture


A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in SCD has a strong base to pursue a master’s degree in an area of specialization.


Quotes from graduates:

The SCD program equipped us with knowledge as well as hands-on experience to give us more confidence to step out in this field of work” (Ashley, 2016).

TFC’s SCD program built a strong foundation for us young development workers so that we had a good basis to engage in communities and pursue knowledge that would grow God’s kingdom” (Ben, 2016).


  • Sustainable Community Development


  • Church Planting and Enlargement
  • Cross-Cultural Bible Teaching and Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural TESOL
  • Discipleship
  • Sustainable Development
  • World Religion

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This page is for informational purposes only and is not intended for official academic purposes. Please refer to the official college catalog for detailed information regarding all courses of study.