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Transformational Community Development

March 8, 2017 @ 10:30 am - June 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am CST

Presenter: Svetlana Papazov

$19.99 - $39.99

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Course Description

Our 21st century, postmodern society makes it easier for Christians to compartmentalize their lives and to separate the sacred from the secular. This is a practical course that helps participants understand that God is in all spheres of life and that he calls his Church to be the incarnational model of hope. The course will identify ways in which pastors can equip congregants to become effective marketplace ministers, since most ministry needs to happen where people spend most of their waking hours—their place of work. This course will expand the understanding of basic economics, look at ways to bridge the sacred and the secular divide at the local level, and will propose a practical methodology for establishing effective transformational community development by facilitating social, economic, and spiritual lift.

This course is intermediate. We assume that participants have a grasp of FWE theology. To learn more about FWE theology, click here.


Course Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the biblical imperative of the Church to be the incarnational model of hope
  2. Understand basic economics and how to integrate into local church teachings
  3. Access resources for asset-based community development
  4. Develop a strategy for equipping and mobilizing the church for effective transformational community development by facilitating social, economic, and spiritual lift in collaboration with the community

Course Features

  1. Four Online Workshops, each containing lecture and live Q&A
  2. Reflective Exercises and a Plan of Action

Participant Commitment

The success of this course is heavily dependent upon the investment that each participant makes to the learning process. While recognizing that pastors are busy and often experience interruptions to their schedule that are beyond their control, participants are asked to make a good faith commitment that they will be fully engaged. This means that they will attend all the virtual workshops and to complete all of the assignments. It is estimated that this course will require 3 hours of work per session outside of the online workshops. Because class size is limited to 30 participants, it is especially important for each participant to honor the group identity that is formed by each participant’s contributions and participation.

Course Facilitator

Svetlana was born to a Christian family in communist Bulgaria, then later immigrated to the United States. She deeply cares about the holistic development of communities and has a heart to shape world influencers. Svetlana’s upbringing, diverse education, and work experience have intensified her passion to see cultures transform for Christ. She has successfully started and led four small businesses, taught at colleges and universities and pastored in various capacities. Svetlana, an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership from AGTS, along with Master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Theology. While pastoring in Maryland, Svetlana established a Faith and Community Partnership Prototype, working with the St. Mary’s County School District to provide job readiness training and resources for parents and students.

Svetlana is happily married to her husband Michael, and together they were stirred by God to plant in the greater Richmond area a unique model of the marketplace church that integrates faith and entrepreneurship. They left their home in Maryland and, by faith, entered the mission field of Richmond Metro, a city they fell in love with and the one God has called them to serve. They have two beautiful children: daughter, Gabriella and son, Bryan (source).

Schedule of Virtual Workshops

All  virtual workshops in this series take place on Wednesdays, from 10:30-11:30 AM Central Standard Time.

A Prophetic Dream for the City – March 8, 2017

This session will help pastors understand the biblical imperative of the Church to be the incarnational model of hope and present an overview of the development and transformational tracks.

Church Mission Statement Assessment due April 5


The Economy & the Local Church – April 12, 2017

This course will help pastors understand basic economics and how to integrate it into local church teachings and ministry, especially entrepreneurship.

Asset-Mapping Worksheet due May 3


Leadership Training for Community Development – May 10, 2017

This course will help pastors how to both enhance their leadership skills and raise up the leaders in their congregation and community.

Church Action Plan due June 7


Consultation Discussion of Action Plans – June 14, 2017

This course can include some teaching time and/or serve as interactive feedback for pastors & their action plans. We could end the session with a benediction.


Supplemental Resources

  • Corbett, Steve, and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2009.
  • Papazov, Svetlana. “A Local Example toward Bridging the Divide between Sacred and Secular: A Case Study in Transformational Community Development.” 
  • Payne, Ruby. A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highlands, TX: aha! Process, 1996.


March 8, 2017 @ 10:30 am
June 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am
$19.99 - $39.99
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