2017 CCDA National Conference Workshops


See the following #ccdaDetroit workshop presentations below

Thursday’s Workshop Events

The Matthew 25 Movement — Faith-Rooted Organizing and Advocacy

     Level – 201     Room:  Ambassador 3     Time: 1:30 PM
     Alexia Salvatierra and Robert Chao Romero

The Matthew 25 Movement is a bipartisan coalition of Christians across the country who have pledged to protect and defend the vulnerable in the name of Jesus — including undocumented immigrants, people of color in the criminal justice system and Muslims. We are building a model in Southern California that engages a broad range of churches and ministries in combining immediate support and effective faith-rooted advocacy to help these vulnerable communities deal with the current attacks they are experiencing. This workshop will share the tools and strategies that we are developing and engage participants in exchanging best practices.

The Resilience It Takes To Do Reconciliation With The Disability Community

Level – 201     Room:  Nicolet A     Time: 1:30 PM
Jody Michele Powers, Andrew T. Draper and Andrea Mann

Millions of people with disabilities live in the United States, but only a small percentage are actually involved in Christian communities. This workshop will demonstrate how your church can welcome people with disabilities and show how God values them. It will take resilience on our part by prioritizing accessibility, dealing with our discomfort towards differences, reviewing our understanding of healing, having messy conversations, and being okay with not getting it all right. People with disabilities may need the Church, but the Church also needs people with disabilities.

El Camino del Inmigrante (The Way of the Immigrant)

Level – 201     Room:  La Salle A     Time: 3:15 PM
Saulo Padilla, John-Mark Hart and Chauncey Shillow

This workshop invites you to join a pilgrimage on “the way of the immigrant” through biblical reflections, stories, photographs, and videos. Saulo Padilla has spent 6 years leading journeys to the Mexico/U.S. borderlands to bring attention to the deaths of migrants, militarization of the border, and separation of communities. Chauncey Shillow and John-Mark Hart have organized a coalition of churches and nonprofits in Oklahoma City called “El Camino OKC” to help Christians see the U.S. immigration crisis through the lens of their faith and to advocate for just and compassionate reforms. Come pray, learn, and join the journey toward justice.

Seeking Biblical Justice in Education: Understanding and Confronting Educational Inequity

Level – 201     Room:  Marquette B     Time: 3:15 PM
Dr. John Walcott

This presentation provides a framework for understanding educational injustice and how a biblical perspective can inform our response. Too often, a narrow view of educational inequality limits our understanding of the multi-layered nature of educational injustice. The session provides a thorough analysis of educational inequity, a biblical justice framework for understanding and confronting injustice, and recommendations to encourage and sustain a response. Participants will receive handouts, including resources, for future use and to facilitate interaction with the topic throughout the presentation, allowing them to contribute their perspectives on educational injustice and discuss concrete ways to apply the presentation content in their communities.

Christian Community Development and Urban Church Planting

     Level – 201     Room:  Marquette B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Phil Struckmeyer and Troy Evans

There are more than 200 million unreached lives in North America. The third largest mission field in the world is our own backyard. As the mission field of North America becomes increasing urban, multiethnic, and socio-economically divided, a new approach is needed for becoming a part of God’s redemptive work in an urban context. Be a part of this dynamic workshop and participate in the conversation considering the principles of Christian community development as a best practice for church planting and multiplication in the urban context.

Overview of CCD Philosophy

     Level – 101     Room:  Ambassador 2     Time: 1:30 PM
     Dr. John M. Perkins, Wayne “Coach” Gordon and Noel Castellanos

This workshop will introduce the 8 Key Components of the Christian Community Development Philosophy, and together, we will discover how this approach to ministry restores and transforms lives, communities, and systems.

The Other Side of the Street: Faithfully Crossing Racial Boundaries

     Level – 201     Room:  Richard A     Time: 3:15 PM
     David Leong

For too long, our cities, neighborhoods, schools, and churches have been segregated by race and class. Many of us claim to value diversity, yet the boundaries between us seem so difficult to overcome. How can we better understand these boundaries in the geography of our everyday lives? And what will it take for our churches to reimagine exclusion and belonging in our communities? This workshop will explore issues of race and place in our journey of Christian reconciliation.



Where the Cross Meets the Street

Level – 101    Room:  Mackinac West     Time: 3:15 PM
Noel Castellanos

In this workshop, CEO of CCDA Noel Castellanos will present a Biblical framework for ministry in under-resourced communities. His cross diagram will provide a helpful tool that will empower CCD leaders to embrace a wholistic approach that puts God’s Kingdom priorities at the center of community transformation.

Responding to Detroit’s History-bending Changes with Strategic Community Development

Level – 201     Room:  Brule B     Time: 1:30 PM
Dennis Nordmoe

Detroit’s functions as a city have changed dramatically. The Motor City is no longer a center of manufacturing or commerce. As with other major cities, manufacturing has gone elsewhere to be slowly replaced with knowledge-based industries. Profound mismatches of population skills and job markets resulted in equally profound social problems at the neighborhood and metropolitan levels. In changing cities, development needs must be assessed from the perspective of changes in neighborhood functions and neighborhood challenges. This workshop will offer tools for making strategic contributions to historic change while continuing to serve individuals and families at their points of need.

Rusted & Ready: CCD in Small-town, Post-industrial America

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade A     Time: 1:30 PM
Herb Bailey and Marc de Jeu

This last year has shone a bright light on the deep ideological & cultural divides between our nation’s urban centers and the communities lying outside of the metro areas. Resilience is required to engage hopefully in these small towns, many of which have been experiencing steady population, economic, and environmental decline for over three decades. In this workshop, participants will hear from the Executive Director of a non-profit café/ministry, Uncommon Grounds, and the pastor of a church plant, SOMA. Together we will explore the ways in which CCD can be contextualized for the unique challenges of “Rust-Belt” communities.

From Smart Individuals to Collective Intelligence: Systems Thinking in Community Development

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade A     Time: 3:15 PM
     Reesheda N. Graham-Washington

Infusing the work of Peter Senge’s, “The Fifth Discipline,” this workshop will explore the web(s) of interdependence. We will gain perspective on the challenges we face and understandings of each of our roles in them in order to leverage solutions and uncover insight collectively.

The Politics of Integration and Gentrification

Level – 201     Room:  Cadillac B     Time: 3:15 PM
Neeraj Mehta

At a time when metropolitan growth patterns are changing and gentrification pressures are rising in cities across our country, how do we develop more comprehensive analysis and discussion about what it takes to effectively and equitably advance racial justice for people of color and the places where they live today? Together we will explore the historical trajectory of federal policymaking and the narratives of race and poverty that guide so much of our decision making. Find out what it will take to make persistent, durable investments that benefit communities of color in our cities and regions.

Place Matters

Level – 301     Room:  Duluth B     Time: 1:30 PM
Coz Crosscombe

It is essential that churches and ministries recapture the idea of the local parish if they want to see real community transformation. This workshop will help attendees understand some of the basics of a “theology of place” and then moves to helping them develop a greater understanding of that place. Exegeting the community, understanding boundaries, gathering information, basic geographic information system work and strategic partnerships are all tools for gaining greater neighborhood undestanding and impact.

We Need Them More Than They Need Us

     Level – 101     Room:  Joliet B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Manouchka Guerrier and Mylaine Cimé

The people of Haiti have faced unrelenting adversity. This workshop will inspire participants through stories of the unwavering resilience of Haiti’s people and share best practices for local partnerships in the context of international Christian community development. We will explore obstacles that may hinder resilience and challenge personal perceptions and while exposing our mutual needs.

Church-Based Community Development: How to Make it Work!

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade B     Time: 3:15 PM
     Kevin E. DuBose

One of CCDA’s 8 key components is the idea of ‘church-based’ community development. But is it really possible for a racially diverse and multi-denominational group of congregations to move past their divisions and work together to reverse negative youth and community development outcomes? This workshop will detail how a youth-serving parachurch organization, Emerald Youth Foundation, is working through local neighborhood churches to reduce pronounced faith, learning, and health gaps in under-resourced communities in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hear lessons learned during Emerald’s 25-year history and affirmation that the key to wholistic ministry is the church.

How Your Church Can Do Legal Ministry

Level – 201     Room:  Nicolet B    Time: 3:15 PM
Bruce Strom

Do you want to be relevant to the community where God has placed you? Do you want to demonstrate that by meeting community needs? Neighbors want more than talk. They want to see your good works so they can glorify our Father in heaven. An underlying need in every community is legal help. What better way to demonstrate justice? But how can you provide such help? Strategic partnership. At no cost to the church, the nation’s leading legal-aid experts can help you build a team to impact your community with love, peace and justice for all. That’s being relevant.

Pastoral Proficiency in the Urban and Cross Cultural Church.

Level – 301     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade D     Time: 3:15 PM
Randy Nabors and Joan Nabors

We will help urban pastors obtain longevity in ministry by grasping the scope of 7 areas of proficiency: Theologically, Ethically, Shepherding, Culturally, Self-Care, Ecclesiastical Systems, and Personal Spiritual Development.

Culture, Community, Christ: Human Trafficking in the African American Community

     Level – 101     Room:  Mackinac West     Time: 1:30 PM
     Trishonda Roberson and Danielle Vick

It is estimated that human trafficking has become a $150 billion-dollar industry. Polaris reported 8,042 cases in 2016, representing a 35% increase from 2015. People have become more aware of human trafficking, yet it’s still rarely talked about in the African-American community and church. Despite the disbelief, neighborhoods across the country experience trafficking, regardless of their ethnic makeup. In this workshop, will we look at risk factors that increase vulnerabilities for those living in African-American communities. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of culture, community, and the church in identifying and addressing human trafficking.

Minorities of the Middle East: A Study In Resilience

     Level – 201     Room:  La Salle A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Philos Project, Juliana Taimoorazy, Shadi Khalloul and Robert Nicholson

Identity and heritage of minority communities in the Middle East is at risk. In this interactive session, Philos Project Fellows will discuss their work rebuilding their communities and reclaiming their heritage in Northern Iraq and Northern Israel. The Philos Project is committed to strengthening Christian, Jewish and minority communities in the Middle East, creating connections between them, and equipping the Western church to engage with our brothers and sisters in the region. Our vision is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious mosaic in the Middle East region, as we assist our minority brothers and sisters to reclaim and strengthen their identity.

Do You See Them? The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) In Our Neighborhoods.

Level – 201     Room:  Ambassador 3     Time: 3:15 PM
Christine Cesa

God has created each person with dignity, worth and purpose. However, many people in our current society have been treated as property, bought and sold right in our neighborhoods, many of them being minors. Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the United States and minors, especially those who have come already experiencing abuse or other trauma, are especially at risk for CSEC. They are also the most resilient, strong and brilliant people you would ever want to meet and who simply need a hand up in order to thrive. Will you see them?

Human Trafficking and the Essential Role of the Local Church

Level – 101     Room:  Ambassador 2     Time: 3:15 PM
Sarah Dunham, Benita Hopkins and Raleigh Sadler

Human trafficking is happening in our communities. How can we learn to see it? What can we do to stop it? This workshop will unpack the systems of human trafficking, how it impacts our youth and others who are most vulnerable in our neighborhoods, and how our churches are already involved in these systems of exploitation, even though we may not know it. Through interactive activities, survivor stories and personal examples of church and para-church ministries, we will take a deeper look at the driving factors perpetuating human trafficking and what our churches can do to interrupt this injustice.

Stewards of Food and Energy for Our Communities

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade B     Time: 1:30 PM
Mary Nelson

Stewarding the assets of food and energy in our communities is critical in this day and age. This workshop will utilize parts of a documentary film and documentary series to discuss these pressing issues. “Growing Cities” examines the role of urban farming and its power to revitalize our ciites, and “Years of Living Dangerously” provides the backdrop for the discussion on ways to expand clean energy production. Participants will be invited to share their local action efforts and opportunities.

Advocating for Healthcare Justice in America

Level – 201     Room:  Brule A     Time: 3:15 PM
Steve Noblett and Dr. David Michael Smeenge

The healthcare system in America is failing our most vulnerable neighbors, while absorbing more resources than we spend on food, housing, defense or education. This session is designed to give an overview of the brokenness of the system, and how we as Christians can fulfill our prophetic role to advocate and mobilize the church for healthcare compassion, justice and efficiency.

Reclaiming Resilient Leaders: Sports, Restorative Justice, and Community Leadership Development

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade C     Time: 1:30 PM
Jeff E. Biddle Jr.

Thousands of potential indigenous leaders are passionately expressing leadership qualities on the athletic field that we hope they will one day contribute to the community. Why is this true, and how do we make the leap? Far more than a sideshow to keep people “off the streets;” organized sports can be a leadership development powerhouse, disrupting the prison pipeline by providing a community-rooted space where passion and energy are rewarded instead of restricted and punished. This workshop will apply the psychology of resilience to move past a “character development” model to a “community leadership development” model of Christian athletics.

RARE Leadership: Growing Resilience, Emotional Maturity and the Ability to Suffer Well

Level – 101     Room:  Mackinac East     Time: 3:15 PM
Amy Brown, Jim Martini and Jim Wilder

Life Model Works recognizes that a strong group identity is one key to mobilizing a community to bring about change. With up-to-date neuroscience findings, solid biblical and psychological scholarship and experience, Life Model Works is uniquely equipped to help leaders in churches and organizations cultivate emotional maturity, keep relationships bigger than problems, and endure hardship while remaining relational. This workshop will provide interactive exercises to build emotional maturity over time, to process negative emotions, and build relational capacity.

Partnerships as a Catalyst for Providing Pathways to Economic Health

Level – 101     Room:  La Salle B     Time: 1:30 PM
Joe Duran

This session will challenge participants to increase the resilience of poor and vulnerable communities through developing partnerships with a wholistic approach. Major external risks, such as predatory lending, and anti-immigration policies, are increasing faster than attempts to reduce them. Many economic traps target communities already facing an overwhelming burden. A new focus on building resilience through strong partnerships as catalysts offers real promise to allow low income populations to thrive – by intentionally, through the lens of the Gospel, caring for our communities that are left behind in a way that leads with the heart of Jesus.

When Work Works: Jobs Readiness in Generational Poverty Contexts

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Skyline B     Time: 1:30 PM
     J. Mark Bowers and Eugene Norris

Work is good. It was part of creation in the garden and will be a part of abundant life in the new heaven and the new earth. Yet many of our citizens struggle with work. Join a conversation that reflects the importance of individual choice as well as systemic inequities in the labor market. We’ll explore how the marketplace is deeply broken, yet how God is doing powerful work to transform people and systems into His new creation. Participants will leave with practical tools and ideas to facilitate co-learning around workplace issues among different socioeconomic groups.

Business in the Neighborhood: How Enterprise Reshapes Church Community Engagement

Level – 201     Room:  Richard B     Time: 3:15 PM
Adam Gustine and John P. Perkins

This workshop will examine social enterprise as a CCD strategy that creates renewed opportunities for local churches to engage their community in healthy ways. Both theologically and practically, social enterprise strategies CAN help churches resist the often problematic postures and practices associated with church in society. Churches engaged in enterprise play a unique role in incubating economic development within a larger vision of community flourishing, which builds a more interconnected and interdependent neighborhood. Participants will leave with a theological framework for enterprise and a practical vision for how their church can collaborate with neighbors to build a more resilient community together.

Overhauling Programs in Decline: Effective Tools for Evaluation & Change

Level – 201     Room: Richard A     Time: 1:30 PM
Dayna Carr

Programs come and go; some last a season, others a lifetime. While it’s common to experience challenges in the programs we lead, seeing a steady decline in participation, effectiveness, and other areas can be discouraging. Whether you have inherited a program that’s a mess, watched your dream program slip away, or just want to get some tips on the front end to prevent decline, this workshop will provide practical tools for evaluating the current state of your program, troubleshooting key areas, and planning for the future.

Re-Examining Organizational Development Through CCD Perspective

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Skyline A     Time: 1:30 PM
Frank Robinson and David Warren

This workshop is designed to help practitioners look at organizational development through the CCD lens. The workshop will look at the biblical framework for CCD organizational structure, leveraging the most appropriate business model and strategic planning methods, measuring outcomes, and how to message your brand.

Sustaining the Vision: Demystifying Fundraising

Level – 301     Room:  Nicolet A     Time: 3:15 PM
Sherdren Burnside, David Warren, Richard Logan and Mark Judkins

Many ministry leaders regard fundraising as a “necessary but unpleasant activity to support spiritual things.” Traditional, money-centered, goal-oriented fundraising techniques can lead to anxiety and failure, while Spirit-led, faith-driven, person-to-person connections lead to discovery, growth—and amazing results. This workshop is designed to share practical fundraising techniques from experienced CCD practitioners that can make any ministry/non-profit more successful and enjoyable than ever. Through personal stories, a wealth of innovative suggestions, and inspiring examples, presenters will demonstrate how to unleash resources needed to advance God’s Kingdom.

Building Family Resilience – Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

     Level – 101     Room:  Mackinac East     Time: 1:30 PM
     Pastor Will Yancy and Dr. Jackie Yancy

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men 18yrs and older in the US have been the victim of domestic violence (DV) in their lifetime. 1 in 3 congregants will have some form of experience with DV. Attendees of this workshop will examine the dynamics of DV, learn how children are impacted by the trauma of DV, discover how to recognize signs of DV, and learn how to intervene appropriately. Attendees will be empowered to support victims/survivors of DV, to hold the aggressor accountable, and become a viable resource to families impacted by DV.

Fully Known: Utilizing the Enneagram for Self Care and Discipleship

     Level – 201     Room:  Cadillac B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Megan Westra

A life of ministry requires good practices of self-care and personal discipleship. In this workshop, we will be looking at the Enneagram – a method of understanding personality types, strengths and weaknesses – and learning how the knowledge of self can help us develop the self-care practices we need to run the race of ministry life well.

Contemplative Activism and the Activist’s Contemplative Practice

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Skyline A     Time: 3:15 PM
Amy Jackson, Jeff Johnsen and Archie Honrado

The presenters will discuss and demonstrate why contemplative practices and activism belong together for the benefit of the organization, programs and constituents. Practical tools and lived experiences will be shared that demonstrate how to practice as an individual and have a personal practice and also lead staff and constituents into mindfulness practices such as centering & welcome prayer, spiritual direction, enneagram exploration, contemplative retreats. On the personal and individual practice, a parallel would be drawn from Mary and Martha- Mary the contemplative in us and Martha the activist in us and both can be balanced with practice and discipline.

The Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope: Leading in Your Context

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade C     Time: 3:15 PM
Reynolds Chapman, Keith Daniel and Valerie Helbert

Pilgrimage is an ancient spiritual practice that connects the journey of discipleship with particular places. Unlike missionaries or tourists, pilgrims enter a community as guests and learners, cultivating an attentive presence to what they encounter. This workshop will explore the ways in which the practice of pilgrimage fosters CCD values such as listening, relocation, and reconciliation. It is a way of learning the story of a place, lamenting the suffering and oppression, and seeing stories of resilience while connecting it to our own stories. Participants will leave with practical guidance about how to implement pilgrimage in their own context.

Setting Captives Free: Mass Incarceration & the Response of the Church

Room:  Ambassador 1     Time: 1:30 PM
Ivan Paz, Joe Williams, Michael McBride and Miea Walker

Setting Captives Free: Mass Incarceration & the Response of the Church symposium seeks to examine the landscape of current issues in the effort to challenge America’s systems of incarceration and to explore the unique call upon the Church to set the captives free. Three panels featuring outstanding voices will gather leaders to share their experiences and vision for critical areas of focus: 1) Preventing incarceration by getting proximate to affected communities, 2) Healing the wounds of incarceration and nurturing hope in reentry, and 3) Creating a new narrative through advocacy. I n addition to these vital conversations, this symposium will have elements of theological reflection, artistic expression and resources for advocacy engagement.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Diversity Training for Kingdom Impact

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade D     Time: 1:30 PM
     Yeathus Johnson

This workshop will enable the urban practitioner to develop and function effectively across various cultural contexts (national, racial/ethnic, organizational, and generational). The workshop will help you develop a theological and biblical foundation for cultural intelligence and as a discipleship tool we will enable you to grow four cultural intelligence competencies: 1) CQ Drive 2) CQ Knowledge 3) CQ Strategy 4) CQ Action. Our approach for training is wholistic providing a framework for measuring, enhancing, and applying cultural and diversity intelligence locally, regionally, cross-culturally, and globally.

How Boring Data can be Exciting, Troubling, and Action-Oriented

     Level – 201     Room:  Marquette A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Dave Kresta

Looking at data can be as interesting as watching cabbage grow. Fortunately we have treasure troves of data at our disposal, but figuring out how to analyze it and turn it into something useful is a huge challenge. This workshop will provide an overview of how data can come alive in maps and literally tell stories about your city. Data may be boring, but it is critical for strategic planning and raising funds. A live tutorial with handouts will equip you to explore your own city!

Resilient Communities Need Diverse Affordable Housing – How Do You Build It?

     Level – 201     Room:  Nicolet B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Ryan Schmidt and Jan van der Woerd

This session will dive into the development processes involved in 3 different types of affordable housing: Single Family Home Ownership, New Construction Rental Housing Using Tax Credits (LIHTC), Renovation of Existing Buildings into Mixed Income Housing. The presenters will provide a fly-over of these types of developments, an introduction to the real estate development process, an explanation of typical funding mechanisms for affordable housing, and how to bring it all together into a real development. They will describe the challenges and opportunities that come from each in terms resource utilization, probable funding, long-term management, etc.

Fe y Finanzas: Financial Education for Latino Immigrants

     Level – 201     Room:  Marquette A     Time: 3:15 PM
     Carlos Huerta and J. Mark Bowers

Many immigrants come to the US in search of a better life, yet are caught off guard by unexpected financial burdens and new snares of consumerism. In their attempts to flourish financially, many find they are locked out of the financial system. Immigrants who find themselves living on the margins must align their cash flows to make ends meet—but also to participate in the work that God is doing in the world. Come discuss practical ways we can identify the heart issues of the immigrant economic struggle and explore tools for healthy, wholistic financial healing.

SHALOM: Strengthening Resilience through Asset Based Community Development

Level – 101     Room:  Duluth B     Time: 3:15 PM
Jim Bergdoll, AICP, Annie Allen and Frank Austin

“Seek the shalom of the community where you have been sent…” is how Jeremiah described the role of the people of God “… for in its shalom [not just peace] you will find your shalom.” Shalom ministry has six Threads: 1) Sustainable change and systemic transformation focused on 2) Community health and wholeness, 3) Asset Based Community Development, 4) Love for God, neighbor, self and other, 5) Community organizing, and 6) Multicultural, multifaith cooperation with the stake-holders in particular neighborhoods. This workshop demonstrates this strategy for achieving shalom with case studies from Camden, NJ; Macon, GA; and Oakland, CA.

Reimagining Beauty: The Role of Art and Racial Justice

Level – 201     Room:  Brule A     Time: 1:30 PM
SueAnn Shiah

The conversation surrounding faith and art leans heavily towards interpreting beauty. These interpretations are (unknowingly) centered around whiteness and fail to have a critical race analysis. What are pitfalls to avoid when using art in the context of community development work? How do we seek and identify beauty in the world while also reimagining beauty from the depths of our faith and our understandings of justice? From issues of cultural appropriation to the lack of representation in media, we’ll discuss common areas where white supremacy corrupts art and culture, and how artists and communities of faith can engage this reality.

The Creative Partnership of Arts and CCD to Achieve Revitalization

Level – 201     Room:  La Salle B     Time: 3:15 PM
Don Gilbert

Many disinvested low-income communities once had thriving community life. This workshop will show how Arts can intersect with the components of Christian Community Development in a collaborative partnership. There is a national trend of art organizations and foundations discussing how arts can impact neighborhood transformation. This workshop will introduce you to two pilot programs involving artists and residents. The first pilot is a cohort of artists and residents working together to learn about the components of community development. The second pilot explains Community Engaged Design, how residents and artists can re-imagine their community and conduct resident driven creative placemaking.

Beloved Community – Life Together with Gang & Justice Involved Youth on the Streets of Chicago

     Level – 201     Room:  Richard B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Matt DeMateo, Jorge Roque and Epi Diaz

Chicago is facing massive challenges. Recovering from no state budget for over 2 years it has seen unprecedented violence, closures of non-profits, a failing public school system, and disconnected youth. Despite the major challenges, there is a movement of agencies working to create kinship and community with youth on the margins. This workshop will focus on the Urban Life Skills Program, a nationally recognized mentoring movement focused on prevention, intervention, and violence interruption using mentoring, education, and sports to engage disconnected and justice involved youth and guide them toward new life and new direction.

Kids Club: Not for the Faint of Heart

     Level – 101     Room:  Cadillac A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Jodi Matthews, Clorinda Tucker and Fiona Paisley

In this workshop you will find out why reaching kids, really reaches communities. Some may think working with kids is a piece of cake, but working with kids and reaching their tender souls is not for the faint of heart. Come and learn from the 25+ years of (humbled but seasoned, and sometimes fried) experience of the Urban Vision staff from Akron, Ohio who have used their multicultural Kids’ Club as an outreach that has grown into a dynamic community of kids who at one time participated and now lead.

Playing the Long Game: Investing in Early Childhood Development

Level – 201     Room:  Cadillac A     Time: 3:15 PM
Kit Danley, Lisa Cummins and Blanca Enriquez

A child’s early years are critically important for a successful future. Whether in providing a nurturing environment in which they see and learn social skills necessary for healthy social interaction or in providing a young parent with instruction for being their child’s best teacher, meaningful ministry that serves young children and families can pay significant dividends within vulnerable families. This session will highlight proven approaches for how the faith community can engage families through quality early child education program models that incorporate a variety of public and private funding sources at the local, state, and national levels.

Transformed Youth Transform Neighborhoods: Empowering Young Leaders to Practice CCD

Level – 101     Room:  Brule B     Time: 3:15 PM
Kathy Pham and Amanda Jordan-Starks

How can we engage young people, especially those from low-income backgrounds, in living out CCD principles for the long haul? How do we provide youth with meaningful (non “Toxic Charity”) opportunities to serve and lead? Too often, youth are overlooked as leaders with valuable contributions to developing their own neighborhoods. Presenters from UrbanLife Ministries in San Diego, California will share tools and examples on how to infuse CCD principles into an urban youth ministry, including a leadership development pipeline.

Friday’s Workshop Events

Correctional Ministry Today: Not Your Father’s Prison Ministry

Level – 301     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade D     Time: 1:30 PM
Joseph Williams and Nina Miles Lane

Many today approach correctional ministry in a way that was considered effective several decades ago, i.e. church service, evangelism and Bible study. Yesterday’s narrow approach, however, is not effective for those affected by crime in contemporary society. Those engaged in ministry to the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, victims and their families must reconsider their approach. This workshop will inform participants of current needs, trends and best practices in comprehensive correctional ministry. This workshop will make participants aware of evidence-based practices, other research and resources related to comprehensive correctional ministry.

Do You See Me? Women and Incarceration: The Untold Story

Level – 201     Room:  La Salle A     Time: 1:30 PM
Miea A. Walker, MSW

In the age of mass criminalization and resistance, one of the most overlooked populations in the conversation of prison reform is women. Because the narratives of women are often ignored, we routinely neglect to explore the challenges they face as a result of their conviction and the conditions which led them there. In this workshop, we will address: Understanding female criminality, examining the impact of domestic violence through the lens of race, class and gender, addressing challenges of reentry for African-American women, exploring the needs of justice-involved women, discussing disadvantages to incarceration: trauma, behavioral and physical health needs, single-parenthood and poverty.

The Doctrine of Discovery and Dysfunctional Theological Imagination

     Level – 201     Room:  Ambassador 3     Time: 1:30 PM
     Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah

The Doctrine of Discovery is the theological justification behind discovery, Indian removal and the ethnic cleansing of Manifest Destiny, as well as slavery and Jim Crow laws. But how did we get there? How did the church transform Jesus’ message of hope, healing and love into a Christian Empire that enacted oppression, practiced exclusion and believed in white supremacy? In this seminar, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah will take content from their upcoming book “Truth Be Told” and examine the formation of dysfunctional theological imagination to trace the rise of Christendom and the writing of the Doctrine of Discovery.

Biblical Justice: Leaning into the ension of the retributive-restorative paradigm and the incarcerated witness

     Level – 201     Room:  La Salle A     Time: 3:15 PM
     Eric Harmon and Jeffrey Smith

This breakout session will engage the conference goer to think critically about how we understand matters of justice in light of how God defines himself. His character leads his people to a more perfect understanding of justice, and how to apply it wisely. We will be engaging the tension-filled concepts of retributive and restorative justice as a biblical basis for seeking justice in our world. What does this mean for the prisoner, the criminal justice system, and those who seek to engage both? Together we will explore the Christ space somewhere between retribution and restoration, grace and truth.

Faith Communities for Just Food

     Level – 201     Room:  Nicolet A     Time: 3:15 PM
     Emma Garcia, Hannah Fernando and Erin Skidmore

This workshop will discuss food as ministry by weighing food ministry models against the CCDA principle of development. The theological basis for food as ministry will be described through the value system of Kingdom of God and participants will be able to recognize “toxic” models of charitable food as compared to a vision for an equitable food system in which the values of accessibility, health, justice, environment, and relationships are upheld. Participants will learn about development-oriented models and will be able to form a framework around current food ministries and create a vision for their food as ministry programs.

Urban Education Matters

Level – 101    Room:  Marquette A     Time: 3:15 PM
Candace Obadina and Jonathan Brooks

We promise students that if they “Stay in school they will be equipped with the skills they need to achieve in life.” Yet in some cities, 60-70% of public school students cannot read or do math at grade level. This is a serious injustice that the church cannot overlook. We often only hear about the magnitude of the problems…but what if there was a workshop all about solutions? Well, now there is. We will answer three central questions: What is the state of urban education? Why should Christ followers care? How can Christians address educational inequity in the city?

Home in the Hood: Raising Your Family with CCDA Principles

     Level – 101    Room:  Marquette B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Jodi Matthews, Rodney Matthews, Micah Matthews and Jonathan Brooks

This workshop explores the issues that come with having a family while following the CCD principle of “Relocation.” It will look at several different topics that apply to two couples that are raising families in the communities where they both work and live.

John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation Workshop

     Level – 101    Room:  Marquette A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Priscilla Perkins, M.A. and Elizabeth Perkins

This workshop will tell the story of the father of CCD and his partner, Vera Mae, as told through the eyes of their daughters. It will detail their journey from Mississippi as children to their move to California and their call back to Mississippi to live out the wholistic Gospel. It will examine the central theological themes undergirding the original mission of the CCD movement – Reconciliation, Justice and Revitalizing communities and how the Biblical transforming vision relates concretely to our contemporary culture. Don’t miss this time of real stories about the journey of the Perkins family through it all.

Meet Me at the Well: Discovering the Gifts in Community

     Level – 201     Room:  Brule B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Kimi George

As people of faith, we all desire to be the “hands and feet of Jesus” to a hurting world. But what does this mean when we’re working in communities of poverty? How do we become hands that embrace, hands that cheer, hands that encourage? How can we be the feet that journey alongside neighbors, understanding that the goal isn’t for us to get them to the finish line? The practices and principles of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) can help create a place of understanding, equality and unity between groups of people who might not normally journey together.

Resisting the Racialized Imagination

     Level – 201     Room:  Cadilac B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Andrew T. Draper, Toddrick Gordon and Joe Carpenter

The history of race in the West is a tortured history with profound and resilient implications for the ordering of space, place, policing practice, incarceration policy, conceptions of beauty, educational systems, and relationships in the church. While community development practitioners have long recognized that urban neighborhoods are at the center of many of these connections, the church has often overlooked the roots of the racial imagination. This workshop first engages contemporary theological race theory to offer a vision for churches and communities marked by difference rather than assimilation. Second, this workshop offers practical steps for pursuing joining in local contexts.

Helping Doesn’t Have To Hurt!

     Level – 201     Room:  Brule B     Time: 3:15 PM
     Judy VanderArk and Tina Brown

Do short-term missions always add up to toxic charity and degradation? Is there any validity in taking teens and adults from middle and upper class America to serve alongside those living in under-resourced areas? Can it be done in a way that doesn’t hurt? Judy VanderArk, founder of MOSES Inc. and Tina Brown, BA, MS, will demonstrate how strong, lasting relationships can be built through collaboration and mutual respect. Viable improvements can be made in the community, while team participants are educated and sensitized to the needs of an area very different from the one they live in.

Resilience in the Badlands: 8 Principles Applied through Sports Ministry

Level – 201     Room: Cadillac B     Time: 3:15 PM
Chris Lahr, Jeff Thompson and David Garcia Jr.

Sports ministry is often viewed as a means of spiritual or character development, but there is a movement where it is also an effective tool for community development. Timoteo Sports in Philadelphia and 10:12 Sports in Baltimore have witnessed the effectiveness of sports ministry as a community development tool to change lives. Sports ministry involves so much more than athletics. Youth are empowered in job preparation, academic excellence and formation in other important aspects of their lives. This workshop will share real-life examples of how sports ministries can change a community by applying the 8 principles of CCDA.

Engaging Government for CCD

Level – 201     Room:  Nicolet B     Time: 1:30 PM
Rev. Terry King

This workshop will outline how best to engage government agencies and the larger community in CCD work. Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. has successfully engaged city, county, and state government leaders to not only come alongside this faith-based organization, but to actively partner with SGM to address the pressing needs of ex-offenders in Erie County, New York. Through sharing the history and experience of SGM, this workshop will examine the steps to engaging government agencies and the larger community to accomplish CCD goals and will identify the barriers to this engagement, as well as real-world solutions.

Coalition Building among Churches, Nonprofits, and Government Agencies

Level – 201     Room:  Brule A     Time: 1:30 PM
Gina Whitmore, Carolyn Hansen and Grant Standefer

Building collaborations among church leaders carries both abundant opportunity and frequent challenges. Engaging in strategic partnerships, as well as fostering new approaches to ministry, can revolutionize an entire community. This workshop will provide various examples of creative collaboration as vehicles for change within a community and will provide participants with practical tools to implement new partnerships and deepen existing collaborations.

Justice Formation of the Local Church

Level – 301     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade C     Time: 1:30 PM
Rev. Dr. Catherine Gilliard

Embodying Christ in our justice advocacy encompasses both the historical and prophetic voices. Both voices speak to justice formation of the local church. What does history teach us about the distance between the theory and practice of justice in church? Is it possible to embody Christ’s justice in the local church today? Which prophetic voices speak to advocacy and justice formation in the local church?

Churches Partnering to Support Resilient Neighborhoods: Wholistic Approaches to Housing

     Level – 101     Room:  Mackinac West     Time: 3:15 PM
     Jill Shook, Michael Polsinelli , Jim Bergdoll and Shadell Quinones

This is an introductory level workshop for churches and ministries beginning to explore affordable housing and homeless ministries. The panelists will provide practical information on what housing ministry is and what the key issues are when serving housing-challenged populations. The workshop will share different models of how churches can get involved and partner with local housing advocates and housing organizations as a key component of the mercy and justice ministries of a congregation.

Foolish Enough for Multiethnicity: 10 Lessons in Cultural Humility for the Diverse Church

Level – 201     Room:  Richard A     Time: 3:15 PM
Greg Hahl and Curtis Minter, Jr.

Most of us desire to foster environments where people from all cultural backgrounds can thrive. For anyone who has attempted to create this space, often the first lesson learned is how truly difficult life together can be. This workshop will offer ten essential lessons for both folks from a majority and minority culture background to live fully reconciled lives together.

Executing Grace

     Level – 101     Room:  Ambassador 2     Time: 1:30 PM
     Shane Claiborne

Based on Shane Claiborne’s most recent book, Executing Grace, this workshop offers a powerful and persuasive appeal for the abolition of the death penalty. Shane tells stories of horrific pain and heroic grace. He recounts interviews with victims of violent crimes, survivors of death row and even an executioner. He explores the contrast between punitive and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution. These stories raise questions like: Should we kill those who kill to show that it’s wrong to kill? Is anyone beyond redemption? What does it look like when grace gets the last word?

Radical Welcome: Unbarring the Sanctuary Doors

     Level – 101     Room:  Mackinac East     Time: 1:30 PM
     Michael Vazquez

Hospitality is a theological imperative evidenced in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. However, for too long the doors of the sanctuary have been sealed off to the LGBT+ community. As of a result many in the LGBT+ community find themselves under resourced spiritually and physically. The purpose of this space is to learn about the unique struggles that the LGBT+ community wrestles with as a result of the Church’s marginalization, and how a shift towards radical welcome can be made.

We in Some Mess Right Now!: Youth Activism amidst White Radicalization & Political Outrage

     Level – 301     Room:  Cadillac A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Daniel White Hodge and Amy Williams

Last year’s presidential election created a phenomenological dilemma in both how race is seen by White America and how religion plays a role in subjugation of Black & Latinx bodies. This workshop takes a two-pronged approach in exploring the practical approaches to advocacy and protest along with examining the socio-theological issues that affect community development in this new era. This workshop will give an overview of the data and research gathered by North Park’s Center for Youth Ministry Studies and present new concepts & practices toward engaging this generation with The Gospel in a turbulent climate.

One Communion, Many Opinions: Navigating LGBTQ Concerns and Challenges in CCD Ministry

     Level – 101     Room:  Ambassador 2     Time: 3:15 PM
     Joshua Beckett and Stefie Dominguez

Disagreements about sexual ethics have led to some of the most contested conversations in both church and society. Often, however, these debates generate more heat than light, and the lives of LGBTQ persons get damaged in the fray. As queer Christians who are veterans of CCD ministry, we long to help equip our fellow Christians, churches, and ministries to think critically, speak clearly, imagine boldly, and love deeply across our differences on these important topics.

Teaching Non-violence in a Violent Culture

Level – 101     Room:  Mackinac East     Time: 3:15 PM
Mike Ennis and Lexa Ennis

This workshop will set a biblical precedence for Christians to live the non-violent lifestyles of the Kingdom of God without compromising to the standards of Empire mentality. It’s time we stopped teaching “healthy violence” and started living the radical call of Jesus to be peacemakers in all of life.

White Awake

Level – 201     Room:  Ambassador 3     Time: 3:15 PM
Daniel Hill and Michelle Warren

When it comes to the biblical call for reconciliation, White Christians in particular often feel confused. When we look at other groups of color, we see them as having culture, but when it comes to our own we often feel a sense of void. This workshop explores what it means to be White, and examines seven stages that can be expected when moving towards cultural awakening. By understanding personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity, this workshop brings a new perspective on being White, and will empower attendees to become agents of reconciliation.

Fitness For Community Development

Level – 201     Room:  Richard A     Time: 1:30 PM
Alicia Haskins, Patrick Otieno, Marla zumFelde and Tyra Griffith

Under-resourced communities often lack access to resources that keep their residents strong and healthy. Poor health is often a primary factor that keeps people stuck in cycles of poverty. This workshop stems from over twelve years of experience providing access to a fitness center in a diverse context. The gym is a program of a nonprofit founded on CCD principles dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty. Learn how to incorporate fitness as a key component of wholistic ministry in your community. Note: This workshop includes a brief 10-minute workout.

From Pantry to Partnership, From Clients to Members

Level – 101     Room:  Joliet B     Time: 1:30 PM
Nancy Yarnell, Jean Aaron and Chris Britton

Food can be a natural way to build relationships and form caring communities that foster resiliency. Presenters will discuss their experiences with Friends and Neighbors Network (FANN) programs which provide from 1/3 to 1/2 of a family’s total food needs while also offering times for community education and spiritual expression. Since FANNs are run by community members, they are a natural way to identify and promote leadership; provide nutrition, health and budgeting education; or develop a core group for a community garden, among other possibilities. FANN programs support key resiliency elements in individuals and communities.

The Detroit Water Struggle: Signs and Learnings

Level – 101     Room:  Marquette B     Time: 3:15 PM
Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Water is a gift of God, a sign of grace, an emblem of the “commons.” This workshop, which begins with some basic biblical connections to water in the Gospels, will open up the struggle against racialized water shut-offs in Detroit, the option of income-based water-affordability, and the policy implications of Water as a Human Right. How have shut-offs effected the health of the city? A range of actions will be considered, from water-station distribution for shut-off victims to non-violent direct action.

Leadership and Resistance

     Level – 201     Room:  Mackinac West     Time: 1:30 PM
     Leroy Barber

This workshop explores and highlights the leadership path of Leaders of Color.

Oppressed or Oppressor: Is Your Leadership Building Oppressed or Oppressors?

     Level – 301     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade C     Time: 3:15 PM
     Maralee Gutierrez

What language words, tone, and actions should one lead with? What leadership style builds oppressors or oppressed? Find out how easily we create habits which keep staff, ministry partners, our teams, and communities bound and oppressed; or lead them to become oppressors. Lead people to freely own their God-given capacities and leadership – and in doing so, find NEW freedom to lead!

Promoting Cultural Competency Among Your Volunteers

Level – 201     Room:  Joliet B     Time: 3:15 PM
Adriana Gomez Schellhaas

This workshop will focus on defining cultural competency, why it matters for your volunteers (especially mentors of youth), and how to add helpful elements to your current or non-existent cultural competency training for your volunteers.

Social Enterprise: Sparking Faith-Rooted Market Solutions

     Level – 201     Room: Richard B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Randy White and Carlos Huerta

Operating in the city with one of the highest rates of concentrated poverty in the nation, Fresno CCDA members have had to get creative in addressing economic vulnerability. Carlos Huerta and Randy White are seeing promise in churches and Community Benefit Organizations launching social enterprises, specializing in market solutions with people who have barriers to employment. An annual Spark Tank Pitch Fest stimulates experimentation, and some viable models are emerging. Carlos & Randy will go over what they are learning, the successes and failures, and how it works. They’ll cover ideas and resources for your city as well.

How to Host a CCDA Market Solutions Event in Your City

Level – 301     Room:  Richard B     Time: 3:15 PM
Rudy Carrasco

CCDA Market Solutions for Community Transformation is one-day event focused on economic opportunity and development from a CCDA perspective. Over the past few years, CCDA has hosted successful pre-conference Market Solutions events ahead of the national conference – and the same blueprint can stimulate growth of businesses, jobs, social enterprises, and economic opportunity in your city. In addition to a blueprint, you will gain insights from seven CCDA Market Solutions and similar events that have taken place since 2013 including sustainability of the event, planning timelines, content, and how to widely include people and organizations in your city.

Youth Employment & Development through Urban Agriculture

Level – 201     Room:  Duluth B     Time: 3:15 PM
Stella Huey and Dan Weidenbenner

In order to begin to bridge the gap between the quickly growing economy of Greenville County and a population of teenagers and young adults who are consistently unemployed and underemployed due to lack of resources, Mill Village Farms has created a sustainable model for training and employing teenagers to successfully enter the workforce. In this workshop, Mill Village Farms staff will discuss the structure of their current organization, the building blocks used to get there, and their vision for improvement in Greenville’s social mobility.

Federal Grants, Feasibility Studies and Capital Campaigns

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Skyline A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Frank Robinson and Krista Wieder

This workshop will examine social enterprise as a CCD strategy that creates renewed opportunities for local churches to engage their community in healthy ways. Both theologically and practically, social enterprise strategies CAN help churches resist the often problematic postures and practices associated with church in society. Churches engaged in enterprise play a unique role in incubating economic development within a larger vision of community flourishing, which builds a more interconnected and interdependent neighborhood. Participants will leave with a theological framework for enterprise and a practical vision for how their church can collaborate with neighbors to build a more resilient community together.

Strengthening Organizational Culture

     Level – 301     Room:  Courtyard, Skyline B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Jenni Ingram

CCD organizations are doing amazing work in the community, often with very few resources. It can be difficult to find the time to intentionally think through the type of culture the organization desires, much less the culture the organization is perpetuating. An organization’s culture may not always be visible to the community it serves, but it will always impact the organization’s greatest resources: its staff. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to reflect on their organization’s current culture, wrestle with some challenges surrounding culture, and share some tools and strategies for building an intentional culture that values its staff.

Building Spiritual Formation Cultures in Urban Organizations

     Level – 201     Room:  Nicolet B     Time: 3:15 PM
     Nita Singh Kotiuga

Capacity building organizations in urban settings can too easily neglect the health of their staff and volunteers often resulting in burn out. Furthermore, those they serve don’t get the whole person, whole church, whole city, and whole gospel that God desires. This workshop will provide concrete tools, stories, and practical steps on how staff and volunteers at all levels can build a culture of health and spiritual vitality. It will also equip participants to walk away with specific next steps for building spiritual formation cultures within their own organization.

Resilient Program Design: Beginning with the End in Mind

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade A     Time: 3:15 PM
Daniel Watson

Too often we design programs and even organizations built on a paradigm driven by “scarcity”. This approach to program design almost always ensures that we don’t achieve nearly the impact we were working toward. We must start with desired outcomes and work our way backward to the needed resources. Developing a Logic Model is the surest way to design programs that have staying power while affecting the change we’re striving for. This type of design not only honors God, but helps us in our fundraising, strategic planning, and board development, while helping us demonstrate measurable impact.

Trauma Turning Points: Healing the Brokenness in Ourselves and Others

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Carol Bremer-Bennett

Trauma happens every day, in every community around the world. Trauma can be experienced first-hand, second-hand, and through generational trauma. At the core of trauma is a brokenness that requires acknowledgment, lament, forgiveness, and a supportive community. The key to resiliency and healing comes through God’s redemptive story, revealed in scripture and experienced in safe spaces. Community developers often burn out with tremendous exposure to first and second-hand trauma. This workshop will overview trauma healing groups that lay people can lead for communities and share ways in which caregivers can ensure care for self along the journey.

Resilience Nurtured in Authentic Community

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade B     Time: 3:15 PM
Rachel VerWys, MSW, Noele Stith and Christine Olmeda

Resilience dies in isolation. But in contrast, life in authentic community nurtures resilience and supports the long obedience to lead a CCD call. Join three seasoned CCD leaders to hear stories of how their hearts and call to CCD were nurtured through authentic community. Learn how God brought them together from around the globe to learn with one another, be accountable through the struggle in the work, and to grow in faith. Spend time dialoguing about the characteristics of authentic community so you leave inspired with a vision to continue your call to CCD grounded in relationship.

The City People Need – Placemaking for the Beloved Community

Room:  Ambassador 1     Time: 1:30 PM
Ashley Barker, Dr. Chris Elisara and Michael Mata

How can God’s people help design, build, retrofit, or repair places that befit God’s intended shalom for human and community wellbeing. This symposium incorporates topics such as the theology of place and placemaking; pertinent international agreements on urban development such at the United Nation’s new twenty-year New Urban Agenda focused on making cities resilient, productive, inclusive, equitable, safe, well planned, well governed, etc.; basic principles of good urban design; and a guide to the tools and competencies Christian community leaders need to be effective placemakers.

Cultivating “Home” through Transformation and Wholistic Partnering with Homeless Families in Transition

     Level – 101     Room:  Duluth B     Time: 1:30 PM
     Maria Sierra and Denise Vaughn

This workshop will focus on the framework needed to cultivate “home” when working with homeless families in transformational housing. Participants will learn the different components necessary to achieve a sense of “home” while in transition. They will have the understanding of how to partner with community agencies and utilize volunteers in a wholistic, wraparound approach to fulfill those components in a strong transformational housing collaboration. Participants will also be able to take with them practical tools to help cultivate their own sense of “home” in their respective programs fostering community, empowerment, and stabilization for the homeless families they serve.

Community Listening: Building strategies for the Community with the Community

     Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade D     Time: 3:15 PM
     Richard Logan and Brandon Baca

Many times we set out to do something good for a community, because we believe we understand or see what we think needs to be done. So, we end up bringing in plans, resources, and programs that can often times hurt instead of help. This workshop will provide tools to help CCD practitioners listen to community members, understand local assets, and foster a shared vision for long-term transformation and growth for the community.

Motivational Interviewing in the Church: Empowering Individuals in Poverty

Level – 101     Room:  La Salle B     Time: 3:15 PM
Courtney Porte

A faith-based approach to motivational interviewing concepts – participants will gain practical communication tools to strengthen mental and relational resilience in their ministry. Learn evidence-based practices for guiding someone to become an agent of change rather than a victim to their own situation. Learn practical tips on turning an unproductive and negative conversation into one that leads to behavioral change and motivation. Learn how to respond to resistant behavior so as to strengthen rapport and empower an individual, rather than taking on the expert-role.

Art, Resilience, and Discovery

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Cascade B     Time: 1:30 PM
Sarah Baker and Lauren Jones

In this hands-on workshop, Sarah and Lauren will engage participants with a series of arts-based activities to explore our own resilience in light of the multiple challenges we face as committed community members and activists. They will draw on their community development work with indigenous women in northern Colombia. Participants will not only leave the workshop with a toolkit of arts-based activities they can use in their own communities but also with fresh connections and relationships they can rely on when they feel discouraged.

CrEaTe OuR SpAcEs

Level – 201     Room:  Courtyard, Skyline A     Time: 3:15 PM
Stephanie Leonardi and Eric Nelson

Inspired by City Repair, Stephanie helped catalyze her community to create Akron Ohio’s very first street mural. Just one willing person can inspire others to collaborate in executing a large-scale project like this. This workshop will share best practices from what she learned on the street mural project and others like it, and will leave you inspired and equipped with tools for engaging your neighborhood or church community in creative transforming ways.

(W)holistic Ministry to Teen Moms

     Level – 101     Room:  Nicolet A     Time: 1:30 PM
     Joyce del Rosario and Linda Rascon

The national number of teen pregnancies has decreased over the past decade, but there are still many teen moms nationwide who are in need of wholistic help from the church. The greater church can be a light to these young mothers while making a generational impact. This workshop is for someone looking to start or is just beginning a ministry for teen moms as well as a networking space for veterans in this ministry.

The Effects of Trauma and Tools that Help Create Resilience

Level – 201     Room:  La Salle B     Time: 1:30 PM
Barbara Fiske and Angela Sedeno

This workshop will address trauma in youth as well as discuss secondary trauma and self-care for practitioners. Using studies of what we know about trauma in youth in school settings to learn the signs and symptoms of trauma and what we can do to assist healing. We will discuss trauma informed care and safety and the long term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) that occur in and away from educational settings and learn how to minimize the re-traumatization of youth. The Clear Thinking Method can be used by students, caregivers, mental health and educational professionals.

Effective Ministry to High Risk Youth

Level – 201     Room:  Brule A     Time: 3:15 PM
Scott Larson and Amy Wiliams

1:4 of the world’s prisoners reside in the US and the impact goes beyond just individuals. Families and communities are also devastated. This workshop examines the risk factors that contribute to one getting caught up in this destructive system along with intervention models to break free of it.

Using Biblically Based Life Skills to Empower At-risk Youth

Level – 101     Room:  Cadillac A     Time: 3:15 PM
Joseph Holland

The Peak Performers Program (“PPP”) is a wholistic approach designed to foster life skills and strong character in at-risk youth, leading to better academic performance and brighter hope for the future. The PPP workshop trains participants in how young people can be enlightened and empowered by utilizing biblically based values and strategies such as personal responsibility, higher self-esteem, greater self-discipline, time, peer and money management and vision-casting. Workshop participants will comprehend the wholistic tools as more than moral precepts; they are structured ways to bring motivation, stability, perseverance and daily victory into a young person’s life.

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