Sustainable Community Development
Why Study Sustainable Community Development at TFC?
The Sustainable Community Development major produces graduates who integrate the pursuit of truth with godly character pertinent to professionally helping community leaders to identify needs and create sustainable solutions. Students learn to practice sustainable lifestyles and plan sustainable projects while participating in local faith communities. This major is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates biblical principles with sustainable economic and environmental practices. The Global Ministries Department is committed to the training of SCD workers that possess an attitude that desires for people to know Jesus Christ and become His disciples, while at the same time prays and yearns for people to have a sustainable lifestyle that meets their physical needs.
Students that are interested in studying agriculture may be interested in this mission-centered agricultural approach. Students majoring in Sustainable Community Development learn ways to practice sustainable lifestyles, plan sustainable development with community leaders, and establish locally appropriate communities of faith among all people, including unreached people groups. Many classes are at the Lawson Center for Sustainable Community Development, the farm that is on the campus of TFC.
- Social Work
- Outdoor Leadership & Education
- Global Engagement
- Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESOL)
Sustainable Community Development
“We work within the Global Ministries department here at Valley Farm, and our mission is to make disciples in conjunction with the Church who can holistically administer the gospel to people of other cultures.”
Valley Farm Manager
Sustainable Community Development Courses
The Sustainable Community Development major is a 126 hour program that includes 70 hours of general education courses (including 30 hours of Bible & Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 42 hours in Sustainable Community Development-specific courses.
- Introduction to Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation
- Principles of Sustainable Development
- Urban Community Development
- Training & Discipling
- Personal & Professional Appreciative Inquiry
What can you do with a Sustainable Community Development degree?
When you earn a degree in Sustainable Community Development, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:
Many sustainable community development graduates pursue a career in farming or agriculture. These positions supervise farm workers and livestock. This also includes the oversight of budgets and crops.
Those who earn a degree in sustainable community development are particularly passionate about reaching the lost with the gospel through meeting tangible needs, which makes them well-suited to become a missionary.
Many denominations or faith-based organizations support church planting positions. These positions are pastors that are committed to the specific work of investing the time and energy necessary to establish new local Christian congregations.
In many churches, there are a variety of directors who serve under the Pastor. Graduates with a global engagement degree are a perfect fit for these positions, specifically positions related to missions.