The Advanced Diploma of Community Transformation aims to equip students for a holistic ministry in the church and community. It combines Bible training and the skills of community facilitation. The training includes assessment of the needs of a community, project management, rice production, meat chicken production and business skills.
CLTC has a 400-acre farm with beef, poultry, pigs, rice and vegetable production and has considerable expertise in both agricultural and theological training.
The Advanced Diploma of Community Transformation had some courses combined with students in the Advanced Diploma of Ministry program. But at least 50 percent of the courses are unique to the program dealing with the principles and practices of community facilitation. Many of the graduates will work in the church, while others will work for government and NGOs.
The curriculum includes the following elements:
- Spiritual Formation: Three courses are provided on spiritual life and discipleship supplemented by chapel services, cell group meetings and mentoring
- Bible: The first year Bible course provides an overview of the Bible, its story line and main themes. In year two, the skill of interpreting the Bible is developed and applied to key books of the Bible.
- Ministry: Courses on Christian ministry and community facilitation include principles and skills of ministry and supervised practical assignments. Students are also part of teams that have some weekend ministry each month.
- Farming and Business Skills: A range of farming skills are taught including vegetables, rice, and poultry. Business skills are included in year two and three.
- General Studies: The first year includes courses in English, Study Methods, computing and marriage and family.
- 8-Week Practicum: The final term of the second year is devoted to a practicum where students are assigned full-time to work with a church or NGO on a community project.