Explore the nature of brokenness, God’s design for community and his calling on us


Explore the nature of brokenness, God’s design for community and his calling on us

This course is part of the Community Development Centre from the University of the Nations Colleges and Centres.

The Community Development Seminar is a 3-day intensive workshop designed for those who want to help communities move from a place of poverty to well-being. This could be a rural village, urban slum or your own back yard – all communities fall short of the glory of God, and he has a plan for each.

The seminar is anchored in fundamental Biblical principles and together we will explore the nature of brokenness, God’s design for community and his calling on us as his followers. It builds on this with practical insight into how we can avoid paternalism and other traps, and instead work effectively to help communities change from within. This is not a seminar not for those who wish to bring a short-term fix, but for those who desire to see sustainable transformation – spiritually, socially and physically.


This seminar is for those who want to help communities move from a place of poverty to well-being.


Date: TBC

Cost: £95 (including food and accommodation), £75 (food only)


Annette Jandrell

Annette has been a nurse since 1981 and worked for a year in a camp for Cambodian refugees in Thailand in the early ‘90s. This experience planted a vision for community development and preventive health care because she saw the same diseases recurring time after time and a community trapped by their situation.

After returning to the UK in ‘92, Annette qualified and worked as a midwife. In 1997, she completed her YWAM DTS (England). Annette took the Principles of Community Health (PCH) and Introduction to Primary Health Care Schools (IPHC) in Kona during 1998-99.

This was followed by long-term ministry as part of YWAM Cambodia from 2000-2008. During this time, Annette worked with an integrated Community Health & Development Programme (and church support) in a remote, impoverished north-east province, with a team of local Cambodians who trained village development committees and village health volunteers and support community development projects such as schools, toilets, bridges, and various agricultural projects.

Annette’s vision is to equip servant-leaders who will start a process of transformation wherever they go as they implement community-led development programmes built on strong foundations of Biblical principles.

Her vision statement is: “To see poor communities transformed through holistic community development and released into the abundant life that God intends for them”

Keri Fishlock

Keri has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering For (Community) Development. He worked as an engineer in the UK on water and sanitation projects until taking a discipleship training school with Mercy Ships in 2006. Whilst on board the Mercy Ship, Keri met his wife Angie, a nurse from Colorado. Together they joined YWAM Denver before moving to their present location with YWAM Harpenden.

Keri has a passion to promote and share Biblical principles on community development, and a desire to see Christians engage with communities in ways that bring genuine transformation. He started the YWAM Harpenden Community Development Hub alongside Annette as a vehicle to help to do this.


  • Background and context for community development
    • The need and relevance of community development
    • Community Development as an Integral Mission
  • What is Community? What is Development?
    • Gain a general understanding of ‘community’ and ‘development’, both secular and Christian
    • Understand that the long-term vision is to build ‘community’ and community development that leads to real and sustainable transformation
  • Biblical Development
    • Understand that holistic, Biblical community development is the expression of the fullness of the Kingdom of God / the full Gospel
  • Relief-Development Continuum
    • What is the difference between relief and development / what is the relationship between the two?
    • Overview of the disaster-development cycle, and understanding the appropriate, relevant responses
  • Critical Issues of Development
    • Avoiding paternalism, dependency, and ‘agendas’ (focus on the power of choice)
    • Community initiated development (focus on authorship)
    • Community-led / managed development (focus on ownership)
  • (Potentially: Community Assessment)
    • Appreciative assessment/asset-based community development (ABCD)
    • Participatory Learning and Action (PLA)
  • Breakout groups will discuss how to ensure that ministry remains holistic and community-led, for example in the areas of:
    • Health
    • Poverty reduction / income generation
    • Infrastructure
    • Food security
    • Justice / reconciliation
    • Sports & recreation
    • Arts


If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please email:

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