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Action Tanks

Similar to the afternoon Conversations, Action Tanks are gatherings of 20 experienced CCDA Practitioners and Partners bringing their experience and knowledge to bear on an important CCD issue with the charge to bring 2-3 action points to the association.

Space is limited. Sign-up is required via online registration or on-site at the Info Booth.

Thursday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

CCDA Communications & IT Action Tank: Are we Speaking Clearly?
Location: Sheraton Board Room

This Action Tank will gather experienced communications/marketing/IT professionals for a conversation on the state of CCDA branding, voice and communication infrastructure. Together, we will critique CCDA’s use of technology to support and enhance our mission and vision.

Action: Develop practical recommendations for how to measure the effectives of CCDA communication and develop a process for CCDA Communications Advisory Committee engagement.

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Church Planting with Christian Community Development DNA
Location: Executive Conference Room

The Church, in its various expressions, is at the core of Christian Community Development (CCD). A multiplicity of church planting networks exist today offering methodologies for birthing a local expression of the Church. How should CCD inform the birth of a church? What is the role of CCDA in today’s church planting environment?

Action: Address these questions with the goal of informing CCD practitioners as to best practices for beginning a local expression of the Church that fully integrates the CCD Philosophy and help the CCDA staff and board understand the role of the association in today’s church planting environment.

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The Language of CCD: What, if Anything, Needs to be Changed?
Location: St. Louis

Veteran CCDA members will gather to discuss the language of CCD (i.e. the 8 Key Components). In the ever-changing world of community development, is the language we use still applicable and relevant?

Action: Develop a working document with initial recommendations on keeping, tweaking, or changing the language around the 8 Key Components.

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Release the Captive: Modern slaves, slave masters and confessional Christians in the modern abolition movement.
Location: Beale

While many in the U.S. still associate human trafficking primarily with the poorest and most exploited parts of the world, there is a growing awareness that trafficking happens in our own backyards. Extending brokenness to all those who profit from trafficking leads us to the often unwitting complicity of every congregation. Buyers and profiteers are in our neighborhoods and may be sitting in our pews. What does it mean to stand in solidarity with those being exploited for sex and labor trafficking? What does it mean to love both victims and perpetrators to the point where there is not only justice but the reconciliation that leads to shalom, even in the face of modern slavery?

Action: Join leaders from organizations and communities across the country to identify and achieve a greater strategic collaboration in bringing an end to modern slavery.

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Rural: What Does the Future Hold for the Continued Development and Collaboration of the Rural Network?
Location: Natchez

The CCD Rural Network has evolved and grown over the past few years. A portion of the growth stems from setting and achieving various goals to move the network forward as a resource for practitioners in rural settings. Last year’s Rural Action Tank resulted in five action goals to be accomplished within the next five years. How can we, as the rural network, promote and move the action goals forward? How can we continue to increase collaboration and networking as rural practitioners moving into the future?

Action: Evaluate and list how the rural network can promote and move the dialogue forward to achieve identified network goals and greater network collaboration.

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Friday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Best Practices for Re-Entry
Location: Natchez

This Action Tank will gather veteran CCDA members who have worked with both incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Participants will share best practices learned from both failure and success in re-entry.

Action: Prepare a Best Practices/FAQ guide for CCDA practitioners who desire to help facilitate re-entry for the formerly incarcerated.

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Church Planting with Christian Community Development DNA
Location: Executive Conference Room

The Church, in its various expressions, is at the core of Christian Community Development (CCD). A multiplicity of church planting networks exist today offering methodologies for birthing a local expression of the Church. How should CCD inform the birth of a church? What is the role of CCDA in today’s church planting environment?

Action: Address these questions with the goal of informing CCD practitioners as to best practices for beginning a local expression of the Church that fully integrates the CCD Philosophy and help the CCDA staff and board understand the role of the association in today’s church planting environment.

 Click here to register for this Action Tank.  (top)

Desegregating Cities to Create Access to Fair Housing
Location: Beale

The Department of Justice report on recent event in Ferguson sparked a national conversation about the geography of racial and economic segregation––where one lives is often the best predictor for economic opportunity, access to quality education, respect for immigrant rights and involvement with the justice system. A recent Supreme Court decision affirmed the use of “disparate impact” in fair housing cases and HUD has announced new rules aimed at affirmatively furthering fair housing in cities across the United States. Housing policy is at the heart of racial and economic segregation. How does this open up a conversation about how CCD practitioners can actively seek to re-shape our cities to reflect the biblical shalom.

Action: Participants will draft recommendations for local CCD practitioners to actively partner with and encourage local municipalities to affirmatively further access to fair housing. They will also begin to shape an agenda of monthly webinars with an aim to further actions that will reshape our cities to reflect the biblical shalom.

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How Do We Know if We are Making a Difference?
Location: Oxford

How do we know our Christian Community Development (CCD) efforts are making a difference? What does success look like? This Action Tank will gather veteran CCDA members to discuss possible core competencies that can be used when evaluating CCD ministries.

Action: Initiate the development of an evaluative tool to help assess CCD work in our communities.

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