Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) seems to be a hot topic in missions lately. Earlier this year I took a course taught by Joel Zwier & Joel VanDyke at a local seminary about the ways in which a community can utilize the resources that are already present within it. It was not a conventional seminary class - we started our mornings in the Scriptures, reading passages that provide us with principles for community development or resource-management. Many of the passages spoke about the idea of 'downward mobility', which is also a topic discussed among our network of leaders around the world.