Leadership Cohort

Leadership Cohort

The CCDA Leadership Cohort is designed to bring together CCD leaders who are demonstrating leadership in their local communities and beyond. Each Cohort consists of 20 diverse leaders who journey together for two years developing deep friendships shaped by mentor-to-peer and peer-to-peer relationships—much like the original founders of CCDA.


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).


The application process for Cohort 8 will begin in November 2018. If you have questions about the program, please contact Lisa Watson.


 During cohort years:
  • Read all assigned materials
  • Full preparation and participation in four 4-day retreats.
  • Full participation in two National Conferences over a two-year period. Cohort members will be expected to volunteer and are encouraged to submit a National Conference Workshop Proposal.
  • Serve on a CCDA Board Committee when assigned.
  • Continued relationship building between formal activities/retreats.
  • Each Cohort participant is responsible for paying their Leadership Cohort Fee (covers room & board for four retreats) and covering their own transportation, lodging, and food costs related to two National Conferences. These costs will vary based upon individual travel expenses to the gatherings and lodging/meal choices for the two National Conferences.
After completing the program:
  • Represent CCDA as “ambassadors” for Christian Community Development through activities including, but not limited to: hosting CCDA events (e.g. CCDA Cafés), continuing to serve on a CCDA Board Committee, and investing in the growing network of Cohort Leaders.

Please note that the Cohort 7 retreat schedule changed 2/27/2016.

Cohort #7 Schedule

Retreat #2
June 6-9, 2017
Baltimore, MD
2017 National Conference
October 4-7, 2017
Detroit, MI
Retreat #3
March 6-9, 2018
Jackson, MS
Retreat #4
September 11-14, 2018
Chicago, IL