What is Christian Community Development?

DurhamCares ascribes to the 8 principles of Christian Community Development. Through teachings, trainings, and quality information, we seek to cultivate a landscape where these values are embodied. We believe this (w)holistic and community-driven perspective is grounded in God’s vision and is a key part of community flourishing. More information about the national movement to live out these values can be found at 


The Eight Key Components of Christian Community Development

Relocation – Re-imagining location in such a way that every place is seen as sacred. People who live in under-valued communities (whether they remain, return, or relocate) are the chief agents in knowing and working with their community.

Reconciliation – Being reconciled to God, we are called to be reconciled to one another across barriers such as race and class.

Redistribution – A just, wholistic distribution of resources and opportunities. The biblical concept of shalom, a comprehensive flourishing of all people.

Leadership development – Raising up leaders from the communities where we work.

Listening to the community – Prioritizing the voices of the people in under-valued communities and creating initiatives and programming based on the community’s hopes and dreams.

Church-based – The church has been uniquely called by God to be a witness to God’s kingdom. The role of the church is foundational in community development.

Wholistic – Communities and people are complex and multi-dimensional and they must be cared for in all their detail. Christ is reconciling all things and when we “love our neighbor” we consider the whole picture.

Empowerment – Acknowledging and celebrating the dignity and God-given power of people in marginalized communities and creating a context where they can use the power they have been given.