FCS3300EN - Faith Community Services

Course description

The course focuses on the ways social workers serve their community as members and leaders of faith in addition to practice. The course also explores the intersection between service to local and global neighborhoods and advocacy for social justice.

How this course benefits students

Students’ understanding and familiarity of social work theories, knowledge, values and ethics increases the model and guidelines of generalist practice as well as specific techniques of direct practice. By participating in this course, students: 1) understand the relationship between the faith community and the practice of social work; 2) express critical thinking in oral and written form concerning congregational social work; 3) understand person-in-environment and intervention-in-environment from a congregational social worker’s perspective; 4) understand and apply evidence based interventions or best practices; 5) understand and are able to discuss the risk and resilience model; 6) understand cross cultural issues relevant to congregational social work.

Why this course is important

This course affords students a perspective into the profession of social work as ministry in a congregational setting. Students are provided assignments and learning experiences that develop important core competencies in practicing the Mission of God in the community/social work context.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Faith Community Services
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abiola Olagbami, Professor of Christian Social Work

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 states that those in Christ are a new creation and therefore called to reconciling the world to God. Through development of skills and methods, the Mission of God is fulfilled.

Missionally driven

God is reconciling man to Himself through the work of His people. The ability of God’s people to reconcile men to God is the missional work that all are called to but few can integrate into daily lives and congregational work.

Contextually informed

A practice professional integrates faith and witness while involved in the challenges of others.

Interculturally focused

Congregational approach to reconciliation is universal to and therefore applicable to all cultures.

Practically minded

Students learn practical skills to integrate faith with congregational practice day-by-day.

Experientially transformed

Students practice integrating faith with practice and share the experiences with colleagues.