CCDA is all about relationships, and networking is one of best ways we know to build community around common concerns, contexts and ministry interests. This year’s sessions are organized by type and then schedule. As you plan your itinerary for the conference, make sure to leave room for networking.

Affinity Groups

Wesleyan Network/Vision Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 3:00pm – 6:00pm; Room 402
Wesleyans are invited to attend this FREE dinner. This time will be spent networking with other Wesleyan leaders and practitioners, learning about upcoming Wesleyan Christian Community Development initiatives, and hearing about the future of Urban Urgency within The Wesleyan Denomination. Please RSVP to Jeremy at

Native American Networking Session

Thursday, Sept 25 8:00am – 9:15am; Room 301A
If you are Native American, work in the Native community or just are interested in learning more about all things Native & CCDA, this networking session is for you. Join leaders Mark Charles (Navajo), Terry leBlanc (Mi’kmaq), Charles Robinson (Choctaw) and others for a time of fellowship and discussion regarding upcoming events (I.e. Southwest Regional CCDA Conference hosted on the Navajo Reservation), new educational and CCD degree opportunities in partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies and other ongoing social justice issues affecting Native peoples.

Asian American Gathering

Thursday, Sept 25 12:00pm – 1:00pm; The Pit Authentic BBQ, 328 W Davie St. Raleigh, NC
The Asian American Gathering will help encourage and foster community among Asian Americans in the CCDA movement. The meeting will include lunch together and sharing about unique gifts and challenges of the Asian American community in regard to the work of CCDA and CCDA ministries. The group will also brainstorm about how to engage and encourage one another beyond the conference and explore opportunities to collaborate to at future conferences and in CCDA ministries. Cost is $15 per person for 3-course meal.

CCDA in the Latino Community

Thursday, Sept 25 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 302B
Join a discussion about opportunities and issues facing the Latino community with CCDA CEO, Noel Castellanos and National office staff members Lisa Watson and Ivan Gonzalez. Bring your own lunch.

Networking Lunch for Experienced Housing Practitioners & Newcomers

Thursday, Sept 25 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 306C
This networking lunch will provide a brief overview of 4-6 housing ministry models in a large group setting. Smaller discussion groups will then form to further explore each model, provide an opportunity for questions, and allow practitioners to connect with one another for future inquiry. A facilitator will lead each small group with a focus on discussion rather than presentation. Bring your own lunch.

People of Reformed Faith

Thursday, Sept 25 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 301A
World Renew, the disaster response and community development arm of the Christian Reformed Church, invites you to join us to network with others in the Reformed tradition to discuss how to encourage our churches to get involved in word and deed ministry. Bring your own lunch.

Policy, Advocacy and Community Development

Thursday, Sept 25 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 301B
Join a Biblically-grounded conversation about how to use the power of your community’s story to transform society through advocacy. How does advocacy on issues like immigration reform, mass incarceration, and SNAP/WIC funding can play a critical role in our Christian witness? Come discuss how you can prayerfully integrate advocacy into your mission and ministry. Common Challenges and practical entry points to advocacy will be addressed. Bread for the World’s Krisanne Vaillancourt-Murphy will lead the session. Bring your own lunch.

Evangelical Covenant Church Dinner

Thursday, Sept 25 4:45pm – 6:30pm; Z Pizza 421 Fayetteville Street, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27601
For all those affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church (or those who want to be), we welcome you to a dinner. Come meet, greet, and learn what others in the ECC are doing in compassion, mercy, and justice. We look forward to seeing you! We will meet at 4:45 pm outside the Plenary Ballroom to walk together. You can also join us at Z Pizza at 5:00pm. RSVP to Chrissy at or 773.706.1375.

Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

Thursday, Sept 25 4:45pm – 5:30pm; Room 302A
Participants will learn about the Neighborhood Revitalization efforts of Habitat affiliates throughout the country. Dialogue will be focused around how CCDA member organizations and Habitat Neighborhood Revitalization affiliates can connect locally to partner on community development efforts.

Teach a Person to F(lour)ish: The Poor Shall Own Businesses

Thursday, Sept 25 4:45pm – 5:30pm; Room 301A
Participants discuss programs and tools to help communities and individuals flourish through business creation and expansion. The group will discuss model business development and financing programs, including credit building products. The networking session will explore applicable tools for local churches and organizations to apply in their own communities. Participants will build upon existing economic development research to explore grassroots alternatives that empower the poor to own and expand their own business successfully.

Youth & Young Adult Ministry & Workers Gathering

Thursday, Sept 25 4:45pm – 5:30pm; Room 302B
Working with youth? Engaging the emerging adult populations? Involved in children’s ministries too? Well, this is the gathering for you! North Park University’s Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Youth Ministry Dept. is hosting a youth & young adult ministry and workers gathering. Come, fellowship, and connect with others who are doing similar work! See you there!

Professionals working in the field of addictions & mental health

Thursday, Sept 25 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Room 302B
This networking session focuses on bringing together from within CCDA professionals who would benefit from support and connection with resources and people who understand the challenge of operating both within their professions and their faith in addressing community needs. This could develop into an ongoing cohort or support system within the CCDA larger network. Distinguishing between lay and professional can provide more in depth and significant conversation within the networking group to gauge interest in future educational assistance for the CCDA community at-large.

College/Grad Students Networking Session

Thursday, Sept 25 9:15pm – 10:30pm; Room 301A
Are you a CCDA college or grad student? Then this is the session for you. Come network with other students and dialogue on what it means to live out the CCD Philosophy as a student.

Church of the Nazarene Breakfast

Friday, Sept 26 7:15am-8:30am; Big Ed’s City Market, 220 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Get up early and meet with other Nazarenes at the Conference. A great opportunity to reconnect, meet new friends, and dialogue about enhancing CCD efforts within the denomination.

Conversation about ending the death penalty with Shane Claiborne

Friday, Sept 26 8:00am – 9:15am; Room 301A
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with individuals from across the country who are interested in advocating against the death penalty. Shane Claiborne will share his heart for the issue as well as some of the work he has been doing in this area. Equal Justice USA will provide information on the topic and will discuss ways to get involved in this important effort. Light breakfast pastries will be provided.

Learn how to Start a Local CCDA Regional Network

Friday, Sept 26 11:30am-12:00pm; Back right in Plenary Ballroom
CCDA has launched its’ Regional Strategy! Come find out how to get a Local CCDA Network started in your area.

CCDA Global Connections

Friday, Sept 26 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 302A
Are you significantly invested in Christian Community Development work outside of the United States (or considering doing so)? Please join our global connections community to build relationships, network with existing work around the world, learn from CCD practices in other contexts, and give input into how CCDA can most practically engage overseas. The Global Connections Committee of the CCDA board will host a panel discussion of CCD practitioners from different continents. Bring your own lunch.

I Believe in ABCD, Now What?

Friday, Sept 26 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Marriott: University A & B
This session is an opportunity for Communities First Association and other interested Faith Based Organizations to brainstorm what is needed, specifically, in the field, to mobilize leaders who believe in Asset Based Community Development, but are struggling to determine what their next step should be in coming alongside their communities. This allows us to develop tools and strategies to equip for mobilization. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to Brandon Allen at – Space is limited!

Raising a Family in the Hood

Friday, Sept 26 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 302B
Whether you relocated or grew up in the ‘hood’, chat with Christian Community Development veterans Wayne and Anne Gordon, Noel and Marianne Castellanos, and Leroy and Donna Barber about what it takes to raise a family in an under-resourced neighborhood. Network with other parents about issues like education, safety and relationships. Bring your own lunch.

NC BBQ Dinner hosted by Jobs for Life

Friday, Sept 26 4:30pm – 6:30pm; RSVP at
Vintage21 Church, 118 South Person Street, 27601 (1/2 mile walk from the Convention Center) Join us for a down home NC BBQ dinner and connect with other CCDA leaders and ministries across the country. Hosted by Jobs for Life, dinner is our way to welcome you to NC and create an opportunity for leaders to meet and get to know one another. We’d love to have you and your team as our guest. Registration is required and space is limited. Reserve your spot today. Look forward to seeing you there!

Leadership Cohort (Age: 40+) Information Meeting

Friday, Sept 26 4:45pm-5:15pm; Room 302B
You’ve ask for it and now it’s here. The new Leadership Cohort in 2015 will be for those who are in the 40+ age group. This short meeting will give you information about the Leadership Cohort and the application and selection process.

Regional Groups

Town and Country

Thursday, Sept 25 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 302A
This will be a time for individuals from rural and smaller communities to connect, learn and inspire one another.

NC Networking Session

Thursday, Sept 25 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Room 306C
For the past 3 years CCDA folks from NC have been gathering together to discuss a vision of collaboration to help communities in NC flourish through CCD. One goal that arose was to host the National Conference so we could get more of our neighbors and friends exposed to the work in which we’ll be engaging for the next 50 years. Having realized that goal, this networking session will begin laying the groundwork for specific action towards those flourishing communities. Bring your own dinner.

Doing CCD in Texas

Friday, Sept 26 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Room 301B
Individuals and organizations who practice Christian Community Development in Texas will make new connections. Participants will begin new relationships as well as find out about networking groups that are already meeting or beginning to form within the state. Find out about ways to get your staff local training on their specific areas of work. You don’t have to wait till the next conference to fellowship with your best friends in CCDA. Bring your own lunch.

Chicagoland Networking

Friday, Sept 26 4:45pm – 5:30pm; Room 301A
Chicagoland CCDA! Come Inspire and Connect with others from your area. We will have a great time creatively looking at how God is using CCD in our area and discover ways we can work together toward His Kingdom in Chicago as it is in Heaven!

DC Area Networking

Friday, Sept 26 4:45pm – 5:30pm; Room 301B
The DC Area Networking group seeks to build local relational networks in the Washington, DC metro area to reduce isolation, build unity locally, and discuss the possibilities of creating a CCDA regional network.

Border/Southwest CCDA Networking Session

Friday, Sept 26 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Room 302A
Join with others along the border and in the southwest region for encouragement and sharing ideas with fellow partners and practitioners in this region. We will discuss regional needs, issues, and strategies. We will asset map our region, brainstorm, organize methods and activities on how we all may work towards connecting and supporting others in our region to CCDA. Bring your own dinner. 

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