Transformational Development

Passionate about justice for the poor? Committed to a faith-based, Biblically-informed response to the needs of those who continue to be violated by poverty? Yearning for the opportunity for thoughtful reflection and learning relevant to your calling and vocation as an aid and development practitioner?

This course is designed for Christians working either directly in community development initiatives, or on the staff of development non-government organisations (DNGOs).

The small international MTD learning community provides a demanding yet supportive space in which transformational development practitioners can examine and deepen their understanding of their calling and current practice. In essence it explores: WHAT WE DO, WHY WE DO IT AND HOW WE DO IT through a facilitated and vigorous exploration of the interface between theology, development theory and the practitioners’ experience. The MTD creates both a “safe place” in which to grapple with the complexities and challenges of integral mission, and a rigorous academic framework in which to learn and innovate.

On successful completion of the course, students will 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 oppressive socio-economic-political circumstances, and a well-developed understanding of the role and strategies of DNGOs working in development.

This course replaces the Aid and Development specialisation of the Master of Arts in Vocational Practice which was the product of a rich collaboration between Tabor Victoria and TEAR Australia. Senior staff from CBM, Interserve, World Vision, TEAR, Malaysian Care, and the Asian Graduate School of Theology (Alliance) contributed their expertise and wisdom to the new course.

Steve Bradbury, the course coordinator, served 25 years as the National Director of TEAR Australia, was the inaugural Chair of the Micah Network 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.

“I have found the MAVP program to be an excellent framework for integrating aid and development practice and Christian faith. As different perspectives have been presented 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. I enrolled in the MAVP, anticipating it would be preparation for some future service and am grateful for the significant part it has played in equipping me for my new role as National Director of Interserve Australia.”
Christine Gobius, National Director of Interserve

Study Options

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VET -
Undergraduate -
Graduate Master of Transformational Development

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