Christian community development is a long-term, community-driven, people-centered process of participant involvement that results in transforming, measurable, individual and community change based on Christian values. It is the opposite of dependency. It is people learning and taking responsibility for their own lives and standing on their own two feet, supporting their own families. But it is not independence, it is interdependence – in community – in which people live as gifted and called children of God looking beyond their family’s needs and serving the community. It is about mutual transformation of all involved in the work of community development. The church has an important role to play in community development.
If you would like to know more about Peace Lutheran Church Community Development ministries, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.