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. If it’s a “bring your own food” session, grab something at a kiosk in Stage II or from Lagniappe Exchange at the Hyatt.

Affinity Groups

Immersion Alumni Breakfast

Thursday, 7:30-8:30am; Strand 13A
Keep the connections alive! 2011, 2012, and 2013 Immersion attendees are invited to reunite, share stories and meet each other over breakfast. Bring $10 cash for breakfast. Make your reservation by texting “RSVP Immersion” to 312.547.9357.

CCDA and the Asian Community: A Conversation

Thursday, 11:45-1:15pm; Walk-On’s, 1009 Poydras Street, Roux House Room
Join CCDA’s Asian-American leaders over lunch to discuss the unique and important contributions that the Asian constituency brings to CCDA and to consider what kind of leadership and initiatives are needed to grow and develop CCDA’s engagement with Asian communities. If you are of Asian heritage, come and participate in this important discussion facilitated by CCDA Board members Soong Chan Rah and Steve Park and CCDA COO, Patty Prasada-Rao. Bring $12 cash for your meal. Text your RSVP to 773.677.4795.

Raising a Family in the Hood

Thursday, 11:45-1:00pm; Strand 11A
Whether you relocated or you 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 food.

Rural Practitioners

Thursday, 11:45-1:15pm; Strand 13B
This event, for rural Christian Community Development practitioners, will focus on nurturing relationships; celebrating the unique joys and challenges of rural CCD ministry; and building leadership capacity through a new 2014 rural CCD coaching initiative. A portion of the session will be dedicated to defining the program for a Rural CDDA Summit to be hosted by the CCDA Rural Committee in 2014. Bring your own food.

Native American

Thursday, 11:45-1:15pm; Walk-On’s, 1009 Poydras Street, Roux House Room
If you are Native North American or are involved in Native North American ministry, you are invited to join CCDA Member Charles Robinson (Choctaw Nation) and Board Member Mark Charles (Navajo) as well as other leaders for a time of conversation, networking and relationship building over lunch. Bring $12 cash for your meal.

Academic Leaders Gathering

Thursday, 4:45-5:30pm; Strand 2
Come meet, learn from one another, and share stories, challenges, and innovative strategies for bringing Christian Community Development language and programs into the university setting. Faculty, staff and students who are interested in integrating community development principles into all areas of study and campus life are encouraged to attend. Also learn about CCDA’s new Academic Chapters available for your campus. Led by Bethany (Dudley) Harris, Education and Curriculum Coordinator for CCDA.

CCDA Global Connections Community

Thursday, 4:45-6:00pm; Strand 11A
Are you significantly invested in Christian Community Development work outside of the United States (or considering doing so)? 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.

Habitat for Humanity – Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI)

Thursday 4:45-6:00pm; Friday 4:45-6:00pm; Strand 5
Habitat and its affiliated organizations are serving more families than ever before! Through partnerships with local residents and stakeholders, NRI is helping neighborhoods become stronger, more resilient and more sustainable. Join NRI Senior Director Jeff Pope, Program Manager Alyssa Lasseter, and Vice President for Faith & Neighborhood Relations Rick Beech for a conversation about your involvement in the transformation taking place in our communities.

Families in CCD Ministry

Thursday, 5:00-6:15pm; Strand 1
Have you missed opportunities to connect with CCDA families in the past? This networking session is for families in ministry to connect, share, and support one another. If you have relocated your family to an under-resourced community, are thinking about relocating your family, or are thinking about raising a family in ministry, stop by and connect with others who are on a similar journey. Pizza and drinks will be provided (contributions welcome) and please bring your kids.

Wheaton College

Friday, 4:30-6:00pm; Empire B
Wheaton College (IL) will be hosting a light hors d’oeuvre reception for alumni and friends of Wheaton attending the CCDA conference. Dr. Wayne “Coach” Gordon ’75 will share a brief message, and there will be opportunity to mingle with other “Wheaties,” including current faculty and staff. Questions? Contact Mary Lynn Uitermarkt at or 630.752.5833

African-American Pastors and Leaders

Friday, 4:45-6:00pm; Strand 11B
This networking sessions seeks to challenge African American pastors and leaders to share how CCDA can better serve their churches and to find ways to be more engaged in under-resourced communities using the principles of CCD. Pastor Marshall Hatch (Mount Pilgrim Missionary Church), Rev. Irvin Bell (Elder, Castle Rock Community Church), and Ernest Smith (Co-director, Neighborhood Allies of Durham) will lead this session.

CCDA In the Latino Community

Friday, 4:45-6:00pm; Strand 11A
Join a discussion about issues facing the Latino community with CCDA CEO, Noel Castellano and CCDA Board Member Robert Guerrero, NYC Church Planting Catalyst with Redeemer City to City. During this time, participants will be able to network with each other, learn from each other and take part in a guided discussion about CCD.

Healing the Divide: Conversations on Race in the United States

Friday, 11:45am-1:30pm; Strand 6 & 14 and Saturday, 11:45am-1:30pm; Strand 6 & 14
The tragedy of Trayvon Martin has freshly alerted us as a nation to the state of race relations in the United States. We owe it to ourselves to take a moment to reflect and challenge our attitudes and reactions if we are ever to overcome the unconscious biases that affect our actions toward others. We offer these conversations as opportunities for listening, learning to value each other’s experience, and building relationships in areas of discomfort. There will be two sessions on Friday and two on Saturday. Sign up at the Info Booth in Stage II. Bring your own food.

DeVos Alumni

Friday, 5:00-6:30pm; Strand 13A
DeVos Urban Leadership Gathering of Alumni & Friends
Join us for food, fellowship and fun!

Church Planters

Saturday, 11:45-1:00pm; Strand 11A
Church planting with a DNA of Christian Community Development. If you are a church planter and this describes you, this networking session is for you! Rev. Robert Guerrero, NYC Church Planting Catalyst with Redeemer City to City, will lead this session. This is your opportunity to build community with other church planters around the country. Bring your own lunch.


Regional Meetings


Thursday 11:45-12:30pm; Strand 11B
Led by Jimmy Dorrell, Founder and Executive Director of Mission Waco.

North Carolina

Thursday, 4:45-6:30pm; Walk-On’s, 1009 Poydras Street, Roux House Room
Join the CCDA 2014 Raleigh/Durham Host team and others to discuss involvement with the 2014 National Conference and how to work together post conference to help the cities of North Carolina flourish. Led by Byron McMillan. Bring $12 cash for your meal. Make your reservation by texting “RSVP Raleigh/Durham” to 919.889.1052.

Western Michigan

Thursday 4:45-5:45pm; Strand 11B
Led by Rudy Carrasco, U.S. Regional Facilitator with Partners Worldwide.

Twin Cities

Friday 8:30-9:30am; 8 Block Kitchen and Bar
Set your alarm, grab some coffee and join Twin Cities leaders of the CCDA movement on Friday morning to network, reflect and imagine what we can do in collaboration to impact the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Led by Allison Johnson with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Elise Probasco with Urban Homeworks.


Saturday 11:45-12:30pm; Strand 11B
Led by Bethany (Dudley) Harris, CCDA Education and Curriculum Coordinator.

Southeast Region

Saturday 11:45-1:00pm; Strand 10B
Led by Robert Blevins, New City Network, and Derek Lane, Lane Consulting Group. Bring your own food.

New Orleans

Saturday 5:00-6:30pm; Walk-On’s, 1009 Poydras Street, Roux House Room
Let’s keep the momentum going and continue our relationships. Come eat dinner with your fellow New Orleanians and contribute to the conversation. Bring $5 cash for your meal. Make your reservation by texting “RSVP New Orleanians” to 312.547.9357.


Partner Meetings

The Wesleyan Church Pre-Conference Dinner

Wednesday, 4:00-6:30pm; Allegro Bistro, 1100 Poydras St
Wesleyan Church members are invited to attend this free dinner. Discussion topics include: how Christian Community Development ministries can impact your church and community; how to connect with those in the Wesleyan denomination involved in community-based ministries; and best practices. Dinner is provided. For more information, contact Shawna Amit:

Evangelical Free Church of America President’s Reception

Wednesday, 9:00-10:30pm; Strand 11B
Members of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) are invited to an informal networking time to hear from denominational leadership and also connect with other EFCA members at the National Conference.

Presbyterian Church of America (PCA)

Thursday 4:45-6:30pm; Hard Rock Cafe, 125 Bourbon Street
Join your fellow PCA brothers and sisters involved in CCDA for food, fellowship and networking.

Attention All Covenanters

Thursday, 4:30-7:00pm; Canal Street Church, 4302 Canal St.
For all those affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church (or those who want to be), we welcome you to a dinner at Canal Street Church (a Covenant congregation). Come meet, greet, and learn what others in the ECC are doing in compassion, mercy, and justice. We look forward to seeing you! Meet at 4:30pm in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel to ride together to the Canal Street Church, 4302 Canal Street. Dinner is provided.

Church of the Nazarene Breakfast

Friday 7:00-8:15am; 8 Block Kitchen and Bar
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.


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