CDS provides you with tools to evaluate yourself and to assess the community you will be in. Having a deeper understanding of community development from a Biblical based world view will help you understand the difference between development and relief. By discovering more about the “Kingdom of God” you will begin to understand that “development begins with me”.
The curriculum is designed to help you develop a solid, basic working knowledge of development, scripture-based development values, fundamental skills, Godly character, and good relationships.
The twelve-week lecture phase includes:
Gain an understanding for God’s heart for nations and how what we think, value and believe impacts societies.
Facilitate holistic growth towards God’s intentions in targeted communities and nations, resulting in a fuller expression of the kingdom of God.
Be effective multipliers of community development from a Biblical Christian perspective that leads to transformation.
Tshepang was born 30 years ago in a village just outside of Pretoria called Mmametlhake. For the past 9 years he has served with YWAM, particularly with a ministry called “A Life Together” which focuses on developing global peace and justice centered training initiatives. For the past two years he has studied with award winning peacemaker, Jarrod Mckenna and aboriginal elders Ray and Aunty Sharon Minniecon of Scarred Trees Ministry. Through this near decade-long journey, Tsepang has rediscovered Jesus and the Gospel as an ongoing work of personal and social liberation, while deepening his appreciation for his cultural heritage. Topics of passion for him are restorative justice and peacemaking.
Tonya Stanfield has served for 25 years as a minister, activist, teacher, writer, missionary, and most recently, spiritual director. She adores wading with others into the deep places of faith, asking the hard questions, and challenging the Church toward a fuller vision and experience of Jesus’ radical love. Besides working with the LTN, she currently is on staff with The Centre for Christian Formation’s Master’s degree program. She founded 1 counter-human trafficking ministry, helped found a safe house, is the author of Traffick Proof, and walked with her husband as he founded 1 ethno-doxology ministry and programs to alleviate the sting of poverty in local communities. All of this has caused her to live on 3 continents and travel to 53 countries. Somewhere along the way she acquired 2 incredible kids, 2 fluffy dogs, a Master’s degree in Christian Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, and a spiritual director’s certification.
Steve is a husband, father, international speaker, activist, musician and avid follower of the Jesus Way. Having traveled to over 60 countries and witnessing along the way the best and worst that humanity is capable of, Steve’s driving passion is to champion and equip the body of Christ for active peacemaking & works of justice through building compassion for the poor and provoking imagination. He currently serves on the Training Leadership Team for YWAM Muizenberg and is the co-founder of A Life Together, a global and grassroots network of peacemakers and peace practitioners creating waves.