Get Involved

Get Involved

Go to the people Live among them Learn from them Love them Start with what they know Build on what they have But of the best leaders When their task is done The people will remark “We have done it ourselves.

Many of our communities have been neglected and left to deteriorate for decades. Sadly, the church of Jesus Christ has at best sat back and watched this happen. In many areas, it has even contributed to the problem. A new generation of Christians are faced with a question about how they will respond to the troubles of the poor and under-resourced communities today. The desperate conditions that face the poor call for a revolution in the church’s approach to the problem. Through years of experience among the poor, many have come to see that these desperate problems cannot be solved without strong commitment and risky actions on the part of ordinary Christians with heroic faith.

There have been many attempts by “outsiders” to alleviate the problems, but most have fallen short of lasting change. Rather, the most creative long-term solutions to the problems of the poor are coming from grassroots and church-based efforts. The solutions are coming from people who see themselves as the replacements, the agents, for Jesus here on earth, in their own neighborhoods and communities.

This philosophy is known as Christian Community Development, which is not a concept that was developed in a classroom, nor formulated by people foreign to the poor community. These are Biblical, practical principles evolved from years of living and working among the poor. CCDA pioneer, John Perkins, first developed this philosophy while working among the poor in Mississippi.


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Leadership Cohort

Requirements for Cohort #8 Ages 40+ Active membership in CCDA. Serving in a primary leadership capacity with a CCDA organization or a local community. Have a history of participating in CCDA events or activities (e.g. attending the National Conference). Characterized as a person “above reproach” (I Tim. 3:1-10). Application The application process for Cohort 8 […]

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Host An Event

Would you like to connect the people in your city or community who have an interest and passion for wholistic community transformation? Have you been asking, “How could we bring training on Christian Community Development to our area?” We invite you to bring your community together by hosting a CCDA Café or Intensive. Café Connect […]

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Local Networks

For years, members attending our National Conference have told us that when they discovered CCDA it was like coming home. We hear it all the time: “I feel like I’ve found my people.” And most of our practitioners want that connection to last all year long in their own communities—to have the opportunity to be […]

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National Intermediaries

CCDA is partnering with national intermediaries to strengthen and equip local practitioners with critical resources. Intermediaries look to CCDA to help connect their work to the grassroots. In return, CCDA leans on its intermediaries as critical partners that offer unique services and expertise in specific areas to our grassroots practitioners. National Intermediary Listing Against the […]

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Student Leaders

In 2006, several CCDA pioneers faced up to a hard reality. Although they had individually mentored scores of young people over their 25+ years in CCD ministry, they hadn’t developed a program to pass their knowledge on to younger generations. This realization gave birth to the first National Student Leadership Intensive (NSLI) in Miami 2008 […]

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