We are thrilled the CCDA National Conference will be hosted in Detroit, October 4–7, 2017. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from life and ministry’s extraordinary challenges, and is grounded in life-giving relationships. How are the followers of Jesus to grow in the resilience needed to sustain a call to practice Christian Community Development? […]
I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me. – 1 […]
It had already been a long day at work in Akron, Ohio, when part of our staff gathered together in the back room of the Front Porch building for a strategic planning meeting. Though our days had all looked different, all of us had been embodying our mission at South Street Ministries: “Unlikely partners taking […]
I have known a guy named Butch for years. He is like a lot of guys I know on the street: sometimes he is homeless, often he is addicted, and usually he is pleasant. Some years ago he was lucid and made an effort to fight his demons. Butch is an unlikely poet with a […]
As two Southern California leaders living out CCD in our communities, we are intimately aware of the issues surrounding the broken immigration system. Robert is both an immigration attorney and professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Erica has worked in youth development in South L.A. and currently mentors student activist. Together […]
Thanksgiving and lament, gratitud y lamento. The both/and of kingdom theology charges us with the need to inhabit both those spaces. As Christians, we see this contrast and presence in so many places throughout Scripture. One could even argue that the themes of thanksgiving and lament are the most compelling, timeless themes in Scripture.
“I am CCDA.” “Dear Familia…” We use these phrases and descriptors a lot in our CCDA circles. Both reveal the essence of who we are as an association. I am CCDA, speaks to being a community of practitioners doing Christian community development. What you and I do as we live out the key components of […]
I just returned from a one day trip to Detroit where we began to solidify our host committee planning with local leaders in anticipation of our national conference in October of 2017. While there’s great excitement for next year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the Camino and the 2016 national conference […]
CCDA is excited about the release of its first small group curriculum in 2017.
“Life in community is no less than a necessity for us––it is an inescapable ‘must’ that determines everything we do and think.”––Eberhard Arnold “We live in a social order that has confused freedom with the isolation of the self. We may think we know one another, but our ‘knowing’ only intensifies our isolation from one […]
You know what’s hard? Loving people. And since love is really the heart of justice, that’s even more exhausting, because it means reciprocal connection, unearthing all our baggage in relationship (accidentally or intentionally), and walking in the ways of Jesus. I’m getting tired just writing that sentence.
Rent is due a day from now. Your bank account is low, and you worry about bouncing another check. Figuring out how to get the rent paid is all you can think about. Meanwhile, an ad flashes on TV: Hundred dollar bills waving and the announcer promising cash right away with a payday loan. A […]
My soul felt trapped in a life that should have brought peace and fulfillment but instead, brought anguish and deep discontent. I was thirsty and walking on dry ground. I longed to pursue God’s call to fight the injustices of poverty and also, to lead other evangelical Christians to engage in justice and transformation work. […]
Patty Lowe, executive director of the CornerStone Initiative, prefers to calls herself “lead listener” of the organization. She is committed to setting an example of listening and empowerment that is so central to this young community development organization’s roots. The CornerStone Initiative was birthed out of a young, missional church that felt a corporate call […]
This is an incredible moment for criminal justice reformers: there has been more attention to mass incarceration and racial justice in the last year than there has been in a long time. This is excellent news – and yet much of the discussion misses a vital question that CCDA members know well: how do we […]