Transformational Development

Serving the marginalised in contexts of poverty and injustice is incredibly challenging work. Resources rarely – if ever – are sufficient for the needs that can be seen in the community, and the tension between what should be and what is can be paralysing. There are few easy answers, and many difficult questions. Yet there is a rightness – a calling perhaps – that can’t be ignored, and which sees Christians serve the vulnerable in complex and difficult places around the world.

The Masters of Transformational Development was developed with a keen awareness of the complexities of addressing issues of poverty and injustice, while also recognising that somewhere in the dialogue between rigorous academia, theological reflection and the lived experiences of those serving the vulnerable lies the greatest possibility of people being equipped in a way that is appropriate, sustainable and a bold declaration of the Good News. The MTD creates a ‘safe space’ for this three-fold interaction to take place, and students who successfully complete the course can expect to have:

  • a well-developed understanding and theology of integral mission.
  • a sound grasp of the complexities of pursuing an effective development program in the midst of challenging social, economic and political circumstances.
  • a thorough understanding of the roles and strategies of NGOs and churches in responding to poverty and injustice.
  • a network of peers with whom to share ideas and support for the long haul.

The MTD was developed using the Open Seminary methodology and is the product of a rich collaboration between Eastern College Australia and TEAR Australia, with significant input from CBM, Interserve and World Vision Australia. In partnership with the Asian Graduate School of Theology (Alliance), Malaysia Care, Interserve International and the Uganda Christian University, intensives are offered in Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Cairo and Kampala.

I have found the MTD program to be an excellent framework for integrating aid and development practice and Christian faith. I have been challenged intellectually and spiritually, enabling me to engage in wholistic living and ministry with more integrity and grace. The approach to study provides a rich environment for grappling with issues and developing a lived theology. Christine Gobius, National Director of Interserve Australia

My understanding of development has deepened… through a Biblical understanding of what God’s heart for his people is... My attitude towards people and how we participate in communities through various interventions is forever influenced by what I have learnt. Minenhle Moyo (South Africa)

Steve Bradbury, the course coordinator, served 25 years as the National Director of TEAR Australia, was the inaugural Chair of Micah Global and Micah Challenge International, and in 2009 received the Australian Council For Overseas Aid’s annual award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Aid & Development Sector.

Study Options

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Graduate Master of Transformational Development

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