Community Transformation Training

The wedding of human needs ministries with evangelism and church planting
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (98 ratings)
3,228 students
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Incorporate the meeting of human needs and evangelism into one comprehensive strategy.
Partner fully with national believers in their overall evangelism and church planting strategy.


  • All training videos are provided and downloadable within the course.


If you have ever been on an overseas mission trip, you know that it can be very daunting to be exposed to seemingly endless needs that have no clear solution. It is often tempting to provide some sort of short term relief to meet these needs that unfortunately then creates problems in dependency upon you as an outsider; jealousy among those who receive something and those who don't; and only lasts until whatever it is that has been given is depleted. What then are we to do about the many needs we see when we go on a volunteer trip? How can we both make a lasting impact on a community's physical needs that doesn't neglect the eternal, more important spiritual needs? In fact, how can we meet physical needs in a reproducible way that fits into an overall comprehensive evangelism and church planting strategy? CTT is an attempt to answer these important questions!

While this course is introductory in nature, you will receive enough instruction to perhaps challenge your previous thinking in regards to the way you incorporate human needs strategies with evangelism and church planting. The course is broken into 10 different modules providing you plenty of time to process the simple yet profound concepts being presented.

If you or your church is embarking on the exciting, divinely-appointed task of being an ambassador for Christ in a cross-cultural setting, you will want to arm yourselves with as many tools as possible in order to be successful. This course can begin to help you think through concepts you have perhaps not contemplated and ensure that you do not overlook key principles in your missions strategy as you move forward. So come join us with an open mind and an open heart, ready to hear all that the Holy Spirit would teach us!

Who this course is for:

  • This introductory CTT course is intended for any believer in Jesus Christ looking to have an impact in a cross-cultural setting on a non-believing community. It is intended to be a beginning process to learning key components of using reproducible methodologies to help with community development as well as church planting.

Course content

1 section11 lectures46m total length
  • Introduction
  • Story
  • Definition
  • ABC's
  • Health Lesson
  • How Does CTT Fit In?
  • Timeline
  • Core Values
  • How to Get Started
  • What Can I Do?
  • Closing Message


Missionary with IMB
David Olson
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 507 Reviews
  • 11,488 Students
  • 5 Courses

Missionary serving with the IMB for the last six years. We've had missionary experience on the frontline, working in both rural and urban settings. We utilize oral strategies and have seen it as an effective tool for both evangelism and discipleship in a variety of different places. We now serve on a training team where we help provide resources and training to both national and U.S. partnerships and help coach a network of missionaries in effective partnership for the purpose of reaching their end goals - all for His name sake!

IMB Missionary
Vicki Lassiter
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 278 Reviews
  • 6,148 Students
  • 2 Courses

Vicki served overseas as a missionary with the International Mission Board for 26 years in the countries of St. Vincent, Suriname, Ecuador, and Peru. She is currently living in Waco, Texas where she is writing, speaking, and learning more about Jesus every day!

Strategy Training Associate International Mission Board
Don Barger
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 507 Reviews
  • 11,488 Students
  • 5 Courses

Don has served with the International Mission Board since 1997. He works with a training team providing training throughout Latin America. The training team specializes in trainings related to indigenous people groups, urban missions, and issues related to orality.

The training team has provided training in nearly every latin american country as well as in Africa and Europe. Online coaching and live webinars are additional options for training events. Don and the training team are fluent in English and Spanish and base out of Lima, Peru.

Christ follower, Husband, Daddy, Trainer, Photography, UAB, Mac, contrarian, and a proud Coffee Snob... get that Nescafe out of my face!

Missionary with IMB
Jennifier Barger
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 98 Reviews
  • 3,228 Students
  • 1 Course

Jennifier has been a missionary with the IMB since 1997. She has served in the Caribbean and Central and South America. She is a nurse practitioner by trade and is the mother of four children.