Community Development School

Be an agent of transformation in communities around the world, bringing God’s practical love and Kingdom to those in need. The Community Development School is a 6 month secondary training course, that focuses on equipping you to become an effective multiplier of community transformation from a Kingdom of God perspective.

Christians have a vital role in facilitating sustainable development; seeing communities changed through the restoration of broken relationships between people, between ‘man’ and God, and between ‘man’ and creation, and in demonstrating an integral approach that addresses all areas of life; physical, social, and spiritual. The key is people – transformed hearts, minds, and lives; resulting in transformed communities, societies, and nations.

The Community Development School provides an overview of the issues involved in helping communities be transformed towards God’s intentions. It focuses on a Biblical understanding of the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment and the strategies needed to enable people to overcome the hurdles to their community’s transformation.

*The $3,195 covers the lecture phase.  Field assignments cost an additional fee depending on location and length. Please contact the school leader for additional information: [email protected]

We also offer a shorter, 4 Week Community Development Seminar. Learn more about the Community Development Seminar by clicking the image below.


“The CDS turned my understanding of Christian ministry right side-up… It is a school that every person seriously considering missions should do.” Mac C. USA/India

“You can’t help but see and interact with the world differently after the school… you get a sense of how big God’s heart is and how much He loves you and your neighbor in a truly complete way”
Bentley G

“After 10 months in an African city, I realized I had more questions than answers. this school helped me ask the right questions and gave me an excellent foundation for mobilizing the churches to be change agents in their society.” YWAM Ministries Team Leader

“If had understood what this school was really about, I would not have come, BUT I am glad I did not know as it is exactly what I needed” Buddy, Former Corporate Executive joining YWAM

“I wish I’d been to this school years ago… we could have avoided so many mistakes.” YWAM Relief & Development Director

“For the first time, I have an understanding of what Community Development really is… That God is the Principal Community Developer and loves to see all communities developed to their full potential” Stella M Educator in Uganda

“One precious lesson I learned is that the relationships between God, Self, Others and Creation were broken. Jesus came to restore all these relationships. However, there are many who don’t have a relationship with Jesus. Therefore, it is important and urgent for us to live our lives in such a way that others may see and know the abundant richness of these reconciled relationships with God, self, others and all of creation.” Clara W. SE Asia

“The CDS was a time to dip deeper in God’s heart and gain a better understanding of what He wants us to do. It meant being able to freely talk about what we do wrong without losing hope in our ability to help people in a way that will build them and not break them [down] in the long run. “ Dawn R

“What the school meant to me? It is understanding Biblical Worldview. In community development, we can bring about a change and transformation by understanding the truth of a Biblical Worldview.“ Richard W. SE Asia

Upcoming Schools

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The "Apply By Dates" are dates that are generated by your nationality, and our Registrar's estimation of time needed to properly process and acquire all the materials necessary for any student to attend one of our schools. If you have missed the apply by date set for your nationality and are still interested in attending the school, please feel free to email our Registrar's Office at [email protected] to see if applying is still a possibility.



Weekly Schedule

Experienced practitioners will share foundational Biblical truths, principles, methods, insights, and models of community development which are essential for the transformation of communities. As well the classroom of students & staff from diverse backgrounds provides a rich cross-pollination learning & networking experience.

Lectures/Classroom 20 Hours/Week

20 Hours/Week

Experienced and seasoned teachers will join us in the classroom where we will have a rich environment of learning from one another through lectures, participatory learning, discussions, small groups, bible studies, and workshops

Worship & Intercession 6 Hours/Week

6 Hours/Week

We will be joining our YWAM Lakeside family for corporate times of intercession & worship throughout the week. As a school each morning we will begin with times of worship & intercession.

Small Groups 2 Hours/Week

2 Hours/Week

Each week we will be meeting in a smaller informal group to discuss the weeks topic and other relevant topics
Hours/Week 2 hours a week.

One-on-one discipleship 1 Hours/Week

1 Hours/Week

You will have weekly one-on-one meetings with a school missionary member who will mentor you throughout the school and provide space for further processing and personal growth.


The field assignment, 8 - 12 weeks in length, is an integral part of the school. You will build on what you learned during the lecture phase while serving in an cross-cultural community, observing community development in action and being challenged in the many issues of the curriculum as you engage with communities’ first-hand.

School Leaders

Arnold Rottier

Arnold has been with YWAM since 1986 and has served in Uganda, Hawaii, Indonesia, Switzerland, South Africa and Montana. He grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada; the oldest of five children in a Dutch immigrant family. He did his DTS in 1986 in Heidebeek, Holland, with an outreach in Uganda followed by a School of Mercy, Relief and Development in Vancouver, Canada, with a field assignment in Mexico. Educationally, he holds a B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. Arnold has worked primarily in the area of Community Development training with YWAM’s Community Development School (CDS) formerly known as the Foundations in Community Development (FCD) School. His heart vision is to see people equipped for long-term ministry within communities. Arnold enjoys his family, reading, the outdoors and gardening.

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(406) - 844 - 2221
YWAM Montana | Lakeside
501 Blacktail Rd.
Lakeside MT, 59922
United States
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