FCS4110EN - Methods & Skills for Faith Community Services

Course description

This course explores proficiencies and techniques of communication related to the professional practice of community services. Application of biblical principles and standards are at the core of practice. Course discussions analyze cultural sensitivities, professional interactions, and ethical self-awareness as they relate to day-to-day practice.

How this course benefits students

Being an integral part of the mission of God lies at the core of service. By participating in this course, students: 1) identify and develop practice methods and skills for successful client practice; 2) demonstrate the ability to apply practice skills to professional settings; 3) formulate understanding of the impact of oppression and discrimination on diverse people’s individual and collective functioning; and 4) apply the understanding to a spiritually sensitive faith community service.

Why this course is important

This course provides practice methods and skills to the Faith Community Services profession. It also provides an awareness of how to refer and or work in collaboration with public and private social services in the community that are available to meet the needs of at-risk populations affected by various social problems. Students are provided assignments and learning experiences, which foster the development of important core competencies in practicing the mission of God in the community service 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

1 Corinthians 10:31 states: “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Through development of skills and methods, the Mission of God is fulfilled in daily lives.

Missionally driven

God is at work in the lives of His people and day after day, lives are encountered that need the touch of God. The ability to engage people in what matters is missional work that all are called to but few can integrate it to daily lives.

Contextually informed

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

Interculturally focused

Communication is universal to the human experience and therefore relevant to all cultures.

Practically minded

Students learn practical skills to engage others and walk along side others through challenges.

Experientially transformed

Students practice communicating with others while having difficult but solution-focused conversations.