What Students Say

  • Thanks for the instruction, comments, and thoughts. I felt that I learned a lot and found that this module helped me evaluate some of my experiences and grow in areas that I had not considered before.
  • “Personally I have been able to understand community development in a deeper and conceptual way, gain understanding of various principles and strategies I would like to try and implement in the future.. this will be very useful in my future work”
  • “Very well thought out and prepared class, good presentation of concepts and frameworks but with practical implications …… highly recommended for anyone in ministry”

Course Tutor

Dr Mark Galpin

Postgraduate Programme Leader. BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD.

Principles and Practices of Community Transformation

10 January - 14 March 2023 (every Tuesday, 10am - 1pm GMT)
MODULAR online optional

This module is paired with M5, Planning and Managing for Transformational Change, to make up the ‘development studies’ stream of the MA programme. The module explores the concepts and measurement of poverty, inequality and injustice, from both a secular and biblical perspective and reviews changes in global trends.  Theories of development and social change and how they have altered over time are reviewed and critiqued in the light of a biblical understanding, and current cutting edge, alternative approaches considered.  The concept of integral mission is discussed and the characteristics and principles of community transformation explored.  Project, process and presence based approaches to community empowerment are examined, as well as the role of good governance, advocacy and civil-disobedience in tackling unjust structures.  The role of the church in community and the nature of conflict and approaches to peace building and reconciliation are explored.

A key objective of the module is to help students to draw from and reflect on their experience in the field, and explore the interaction between development theory, Scripture and theology. 

Those accessing Advanced Short Courses will be provided with relevant reading materials and other information to enable their full participation in the course.

ASC participants are not required to complete an assignment and will receive a certificate of participation on completion of the course.

Library Resources

All Nations has one of the finest mission libraries in the country with over 50,000 volumes as well as a wide range of journals and audio visual material. Free Wifi is available in all the buildings.
For those studying virtually, readings are supplied by college online and any additional reading you would like from our library catalogue may be accessed by emailing our librarian.


There is accommodation available on site. We have a range of comfortable single, twin and double bedded rooms. Although our rooms are not en-suite, all rooms have wash basins. Baths and showers are located near each room. Towels and bed linen are provided. All meals are served in the college's cafeteria. Special diets can be catered for, please give notice when booking.

Key Information

  • Tuition Fee
  • Accommodation
  • 2023:

    Modular course tuition fee (online or on campus): £550*

    NB This is for tuition time only.

    It is possible to buy a hot or cold lunch and receive refreshments at the college priced at £10.00 a day, but this must be organised beforehand. For more information please email: ma@allnations.ac.uk

    *Your £50 non-returnable registration fee (payable on application), will be deducted from this amount.

  • 2023:

    Full board accommodation is available: £30.00 per night*

    The accommodation booking form is available once accepted onto the course, should you require.

    * Full board includes breakfast lunch and dinner. This rate includes the night before and after the course dates. Full board accommodation for extra added nights will be charged at the normal full board guest rate of £44 per night.



Latest News

  • Advanced Short Courses 2023

    2nd January 2023
  • Principles and Practices of Community Transformation

    10th January 2023
  • Staff Care and Wellbeing: Principles and Processes

    11th January 2023

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