Southern Adventist University has launched a new graduate program — Master of Global Community Development. The university website provides this description:
This five-semester program prepares students to lead global, community-centered projects. The focus is on building long-term relationships in order to develop mutual trust and the sharing of information, resources, and visioning between indigenous and non-indigenous groups….
Students develop their specific calling for mission service. Courses in fundraising and field-based research methods prepare students for fieldwork in projects such as micro-finance, agriculture (fishing, gardening, livestock), literacy and health education, the environment, artisan handicrafts, and others.
In 2010 I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Sharon Pittman–the MGCD Program Director–for the Viewpoints interview series at Adventist Today. Our conversation about “the role global social work plays in the Great Commission” is available here.