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2.0 CEU

Community Services & Urban Ministry Certification Program

Course Summary

Join Dr. May-Ellen Colon, Dr. Sung Kwon, and a team of highly qualified professionals as you learn the information and skills necessary to implement an effective Adventist Community Services program in your area. This curriculum is the result of a collaborative effort between the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department and the North American Division Community Services Department. Providing services to your community is an essential ministry function of every church congregation and can transform the area where you are serving, filling it with compassion, healing, and new life.

This course is also available in Spanish, Portuguese and French.  Click on the language below to access.

Spanish: Programa de Certificación de Servicios a la Comunidad y Ministerio Urbano

Portuguese:  Programa de Certificação de Serviço Comunitário & Ministério Urbano

French: Programme de Certification des Services Communautaires et du Ministère Urbain

What do I need to know?

This course contains fifteen learning modules, which include instructional videos, learning activities, power point presentations, video scripts, and quizzes. Additional reading materials, and learning activities are available throughout the learning modules. After watching video instruction, completing the learning activities and additional readings, and completing the module quizzes, you will earn 2.0 continuing education units. Please carefully complete all learning activities and collect downloadable resources prior to proceeding to the next lesson.

What will I learn in this course?

The purpose of this course is to give you the tools necessary to launch and provide high quality, consistent community services through your Adventist Community Services department. You can make a difference! Once you have completed all 15 learning modules, an on-line certificate for basic certification will be automatically generated (2 CEU). To be eligible for Module 16, you must complete this course AND all of the learning activities in the course. In addition, you must bring (electronically or hard copy) all completed learning activities to Module 16 training. In order to get your full certification, completion of module 16 must be done in person, in real-time, with a facilitator in a classroom utilizing the Flipped Classroom learning model. Module 16 is available by contacting Dr. May-Ellen Colon or Dr. Sung Kwon.  For additional information about the entire CS & UMCP course, for permission to use the course as a facilitator in a group setting, to modify documents, etc., please contact below: General Conference Adventist Community Services International: Dr. May-Ellen Colon - OR North American Division Adventist Community Services: Dr. Sung Kwon -


  1. Theological, Historical, and Ethical Concepts of Holistic Ministry
  2. Community Assessment and Social Capital
  3. Performance Measurement for Effective Ministry
  4. Ministry Development and Strategic Planning
  5. Volunteer Engagement/Human Resources
  6. Finances and Accountability
  7. Fundraising Fundamentals
  8. Grant Proposal Writing
  9. Risk Management & Legal Issues
  10. Going Public - Representing the Adventist Church
  11. Medical Missionary Work - Comprehensive Health Ministry
  12. Organizational Leadership and Team Development
  13. Ministering Across Cultures
  14. Urban Mission 101 and Centers of Influence
  15. Essentials for Church Disaster Preparedness and Response


11 days ago
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This is a journey into new arenas of faith

13 days ago
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Praise be to God; what a blessing the Course has been to my heart. very informative and Spirit filled training. i recommend it WITHOUT any reservations.

a month ago
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I appreciate it a lot. This is very good to encourage and reinforce our mission through community service.

2 months ago
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I must confess this course was not for the simple minded. There were some modules that needed extra reading. In the end however, it was worth the challenge and the knowledge gained cannot be valued, it's priceless. Thanks for the opportunity to be a part... Read More

2 months ago
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This program was quite informative and the subject matter for each module was covered in-dept.

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