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.

Hover over a networking title for the full description.

Affinity Groups

Title Day and Time Location
Lunch with DREAMers TH. 11:30am-1:00pm The News Room (Sports Dining Room), 990 Nicollet Mall
Fundraisers Gathering TH. 5:30pm Meet in hotel lobby
Fundraising: Panel of Twin Cities Funders FR. 11:30am-12:30pm Director’s Row 4
Hope for the Holy Land: Networking for Pastors and Leaders FR. 11:30am-1:00pm The Gallery (First Floor)
CCDA and the Asian Community FR. 11:30am-1:00pm The Local (The Sanctuary Room), 931 Nicollet Mall
Networking with Hmong Ministries FR. 4:30pm-5:30pm Director’s Row 4
Christian Community Development and Native North America FR. 4:30pm-6:30pm The News Room, 990 Nicollet Mall
Rural and Small City Leaders: Defining Next Steps for CCDA FR. 4:30pm-6:00pm Rochester
International Christian Community Development FR. 4:45pm-6:00pm Director’s Row 3
Christian Community Development in the Latino Community SA. 11:30am-1:00pm The Local (The Sanctuary Room), 931 Nicollete Mall
Raising a Family in the Hood SA. 4:30pm-5:30pm Marquette I

Info Meetings

Title Day and Time Location
CCDA “Listening to the Community” Breakfast TH. 7:00am-8:30am

SA. 7:00am-8:30am

The News Room, 990 Nicollet Mall
The Local (The Hollow Room), 931 Nicollet Mall
Arts and Worship Action Tank TH. 1:00pm-2:30pm
FR. 1:00pm-2:30pm
Grand Ballroom A
Grand Ballroom A

Leadership Groups

Title Day and Time Location
Immersion Alumni Luncheon FR. 11:30am-1:00pm The News Room (Business Dining Room), 990 Nicollet Mall
Academic Leaders FR. 9:00pm (immediately following plenary) Director’s Row 1

Partner Meetings

Title Day and Time Location
The Wesleyan Church Pre-Conference Dinner WE. 5:00pm-6:30pm The Local, 931 Nicollet Mall
Evangelical Free Church of America President’s Reception WE. 9:00pm (immediately following plenary) Symphony Ballroom 1
Church of the Nazarene Gathering TH. 4:30pm-5:30pm Board Room 3
Attention all Covenanters FR. 4:30pm-6:30pm First Covenant Church Minneapolis, 810 S 7th St
Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies Gathering FR. 4:45pm-6:00pm Board Room 2
Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) Lunch TH. 11:30am-1:00pm Normandy Kitchen, 405 South 8th Street


The CCDA conference is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations, but the networking, shared learning, and encouragement should not end here. Attend one of the regional gatherings below to meet others in your area and share innovative strategies for community transformation in your context. Many of these sessions are the beginning of ongoing opportunities for regional connection.
Title Day and Time Location
Chicagoland TH. 4:45pm-6:00pm Marquette I
Indiana FR. 4:15pm-5:15pm Board Room 3
New England TH. 4:30pm-5:30pm Marquette II
Richmond, Raleigh and Surrounding Cities TH. 4:30pm-5:30pm Director’s Row 1
Southeast TH. 4:30pm-5:30pm Rochester
Twin Cities TH. 4:30pm-5:30pm Marquette III
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Isolation is an issue for many Christian Community Development practitioners. We have learned that strong relationships with like-minded Christians are the key to overcoming a sense of loneliness. Formal networking sessions augment the relationship-building that naturally happens over a meal or after a workshop. Networking sessions occur both on- and off-site throughout the conference. Networking sessions do not require registration. They are first come, first served.

Wednesday, October 12

The Wesleyan Church Pre-Conference Dinner
Wednesday, 4pm-6pm; The Old Spaghetti Factory, 210 S. Meridian Street
Members of The Wesleyan Church are invited to attend this free dinner. Topics discussed include: how community-based, Christian Community Development ministries can impact your church and community; how to connect with those in The Wesleyan Denomination involved in community-based ministries; how to recruit key people for specialty areas; and much more! For more information, contact facilitator Rev. Jeremy Summers: 317.774.3888 or

Evangelical Free Church of America Reception
Wednesday, 9pm-11pm; Rooms 302 & 303
All members of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) are invited to join facilitator Alvin Sanders for an informal networking time to hear from denominational leadership and also connect with other EFCA members at the CCDA National Conference. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 13

Christian Community Development and Native North America
Thursday, 11:30am-1pm; Loughmiller’s Eatery & Pub, 301 W. Washington
If you are Native North American or involved in Native North American ministry, you are invited to join CCDA Board members, Richard Twiss (Lakota Sioux) and Mark Charles (Navajo), as well as other Native North American leaders for a time of conversation, networking, and relationship building over lunch. Bring cash for lunch.

CCDA and the Asian Community: A Conversation
Thursday, 11:20am-1pm; Judge’s Barbeque, 2104 W. Michigan Street
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 the kind of leadership and initiative necessary 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 Patty Prasada-Rao, of New Song Urban Ministries, and Craig Wong, of Grace Urban Ministries. Meet in front of the hotel’s 2nd floor Starbucks at 11:20am. Bus leaves JW Marriott Hotel at 11:30am and will return by 1pm. Bring cash for lunch.

New Vision and Renewable Energy: Demonstration and Q&A
Thursday, 11:30am & 1:30pm; Room 207
New Vision restores hope and promotes sustainable community development through our renewable energy concepts. We empower individuals and families with the resources, education, and hands-on training necessary to re-power their own homes and communities. To learn more and experience these innovative offerings (solar electric, solar heating, solar water heating, and biodiesel technology), visit the demonstration with Ruston Seaman.

Christian Community Development Around the World
Thursday, 1pm-2:15pm; Room 203
If you are a Christian Community Development practitioner who is heavily involved in overseas ministry, or you are coming from outside the U.S., we want to hear from you! CCDA is developing an international strategy, and we want to learn about the work going on all over the world. Come to network with one another and share with CCDA’s leadership what God is doing in your country.

Christian Community Development Philosophy and Pastoral Ministry
Thursday, 1pm-2:15pm; Room 302
CCDA leadership is interested in learning how to better support and assist pastors who implement the Christian Community Development philosophy in your churches. In preparation for a potential “Pastors Summit,” we ask pastors to come and share the successes and struggles you’ve experienced and help us understand how to better join you in your efforts. CCDA board member Alvin Sanders will facilitate this discussion.

Innovate: Renewable Energy
Thursday, 3pm-4:15pm in Room 207
If your interests lie in the areas of renewable energy and sustainability, join this conversation to share your innovative ideas and help CCDA learn how to integrate renewable energy efforts into Christian Community Development.

Self Care for Women in Leadership
Thursday, 3pm-4:15pm; Room 203
Women in leadership face unique struggles. Join Mandy Smith, pastor of University Church in Cincinnati, for a time of dialogue, connection, and restoration. Meet with other women to share about challenges, including singleness, raising children, role in ministry, and the various challenges that face different ethnicities.

Innovate: Developing Sustainable Businesses
Thursday, 3pm-4:15pm; Room 302
All of our under-resourced communities are in need of developing sustainable businesses in order to wholistically address their needs. You are invited to come and lend your creative and innovative business development ideas to this informal conversation facilitated by CCDA’s Rural and Small City Committee Chair Tim Olsen.

Church of the Nazarene Gathering
Thursday, 4:30pm-5:30pm; Room 207
All members of the Church of the Nazarene are invited to meet with denominational leader, Althea Taylor (coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada), to discuss initiatives to enhance Christian Community Development efforts in the denomination and to meet other members of the denomination here at the National Conference.

Seminar for Seminarians and Other Graduate Students (Underwritten by the Kern Family Foundation)
Thursday, 4:30pm-6pm; Room 204
A number of graduate programs now teach Christian Community Development and promote attendance at CCDA conferences. Current students in seminary or in graduate programs related to community development and urban ministry are invited to a special gathering that includes CCDA leaders and professors from various seminaries. After a brief presentation and discussion on the “theology of work,” there will be an informal time to get to know other students and professors from around the nation. This is facilitated by Jimmy Dorrell of George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Mission Waco. Smoothies will be served.

“Unconditional”: A Feature Length Film Screening For CCDA
Thursday, 4:30pm-6:30pm; NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington Street
“Unconditional” is a feature length film inspired and influenced by Christian Community Development (CCD) ministries. CCD themes encompass the film to send a powerful message. Participate in the screening of “Unconditional” and learn more about how this film can be used to bring greater awareness and support to your organization. Pizza will be provided. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the “Unconditional” exhibit booth, number 64. Screening is within walking distance of JW Marriott Hotel.

Academic Leaders
Thursday, 9pm-10pm; Room 207
Meet and network with other academic leaders to 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 to all areas of study and campus life are encouraged to attend. This will be led by Bethany Dudley (coordinator of Education and Curriculum for CCDA) and Todd Lake (vice president for Spiritual Development at Belmont University).

Friday, October 14

Indianapolis CCDA Members
Friday, 1pm-2:15pm; Room 203
If you live and work in Indy, join the 40-member National Conference Host Team and CCDA staffer, Natasha Bruinsma, for a time of connection. The Host Team has worked for the past year and a half to foster relationships while planning the conference, and we want you to join us as we plan for post-conference community transformation in Indy.

Innovate: Providing Health Care Among the Poor
Friday, 1pm-2:15pm; Room 302
While politicians debate the merits of privatized and public health care, the people of God continue to find creative solutions for making care accessible to the poor. If you are a health care provider or desire to learn more about what it takes to launch a health care ministry in your community, join Christian Community Health Fellowship and connect with like-minded Christians who aren’t waiting for decisions from the capital to take action.

Innovate: Creative Arts and Christian Community Development
Friday, 3pm-4:15pm; Room 302
Join with other CCDA artists in an engaging discussion to share innovative ideas and brainstorm how the creative arts can become a more integral part of Christian Community Development.

Partnering with Christian Community Development in Other Countries
Friday, 3pm-4:15pm; Room 203
Christian Community Development (CCD) has spread around the world. From Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Lahore, Pakistan, CCD practitioners are loving God and their neighbors and have come to the conference to share what God is doing in their midst. This session is for anyone interested in learning about international expressions of CCD and for those who work, or are heavily invested in overseas ministries, to share what they are doing. Each ministry will be given time to share, and there will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

Chicagoland CCDA Members
Friday, 4:30pm-5:15pm; Room 203
The CCDA conference is a great way to meet with other Christian Community Development minded individuals and organizations and to stay connected even after the conference ends. Come meet others from the Chicagoland area, learn from one another and share stories, challenges, and innovative strategies for continuing to bring about transformation to the Chicagoland area. This session will be the beginning of ongoing opportunities for those of us in the Chicagoland area to connect and network together. This is led by Bethany Dudley, coordinator of Education and Curriculum for CCDA.

CCDA Leadership Cohort Informational Meeting
Friday, 4:30pm-5:30pm; Room 302
The Leadership Cohort (formerly called Emerging Leaders Cohort) is CCDA’s means for transferring its culture and organizational DNA to a new generation of leaders through relational exposure, dialogue on emerging issues, and training and mentoring. If you are between the ages of 25 and 40 and would like to learn more about joining a cohort, you are invited to this informational meeting, hosted by CCDA Board member Crissy Brooks, and current Cohort members.

Urban Youth Workers Institute Networking Session
Friday, 4:30pm-5:30pm; Room 207
Calling All Youth Workers! UYWI invites you to a gathering where you can…

  • Participate in a discussion on relational ministry and tapping into the network and resources available in your community, led by Fred Oduyoye.
  • Meet other youth workers who share your passion.
  • Get 1 free MP3 workshop download from the UYWI Store, plus a chance to win a free membership to THE WELL (our new online resource program)

An Opportunity for College Students
Friday, 9pm-10pm; Room 302
The near east-side of Indianapolis, IN is a community where approximately 94% of families are low-income, less than 30% of students graduate high school, and more than 50% of adults are illiterate. Shepherd Community strives to break this cycle of poverty. The Heart of the City Summer Intern Project works directly with colleges/universities and churches, and it is open to all college students. Learn to empower the “body of Christ” and break suburban-urban barriers. Partnering with Indiana Wesleyan University, join Dr. Bob Whitesel, from Wesley Seminary, in a discussion about innovative churches overcoming suburban privilege and partnering with urban congregations. For more information, visit Shepherd’s booth at any time throughout the conference.

Attention all Covenanters
Friday, 9pm-10pm; Room 207
For all those affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), or those who want to be, we welcome you to a gathering on Friday, after the evening plenary. Come meet, greet, and learn what others in the ECC are doing in compassion, mercy, and justice. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Saturday, October 15

CCDA in the Latino Community
Saturday, 1pm-2:15pm; Room 203
Join a discussion about issues facing the Latino community with CCDA CEO Noel Castellanos and Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, dean of Esperanza College. During this time, participants will be able to network with each other, learn from each other, and participate in a guided discussion about Christian Community Development with these two veteran Latino leaders.

Rural and Small City Leaders: Defining Next Steps for CCDA
Saturday, 3pm-4:15pm; Room 302
If you lead a ministry in a rural area or a small city, you are invited to meet with the Rural Committee of the CCDA Board for a dialogue to help define the unique aspects of Christian Community Development ministry in these areas as compared with the urban setting. We also need your input to help guide next steps for CCDA as we continue to recognize and support those serving in rural communities and small cities.

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