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Pre-Conference Institute

Pre-Conference Institute

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Get the most out of your National Conference experience by starting Wednesday afternoon with our Pre-Conference Institute classes. Choose from one of the five four-hour interactive Pre-Conference Institute Classes: Faith-Rooted Organizing and Biblically-based Public Policy Advocacy, Intro to CCD Philosophy, Launching & Growing a Nonprofit Organization & Ministry, World Vision – Empowering Young People / Leadership Development

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Pre-Conference Institute

Pre-registration is closed.  Register and pay onsite at the 2014 National Conference.  Cost is $45 per class.

Get the most out of your National Conference experience by starting Wednesday afternoon with our Pre-Conference Institute classes. Choose from one of the five four-hour interactive Pre-Conference Institute Classes: Faith-Rooted Organizing and Biblically-based Public Policy Advocacy, Intro to CCD Philosophy, Launching & Growing a Nonprofit Organization & Ministry, Music & CCD, World Vision – Empowering Young People / Leadership Development

Event details

When: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1-5pm
Where: Raleigh Convention Center
Cost: $40 pre-registration, $45 on site. Space is limited to 80 per class.

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Faith-Rooted Organizing and Biblically-based Public Policy Advocacy
Facilitators: Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Dr Mary Nelson, & Michelle Warren
If moving from giving a fish to teaching someone to fish doesn’t solve the problem, sometimes you have to take the wall down that keeps the fisherman from getting to the pond. Whether you are concerned about trafficking, incarceration, immigration or homelessness, knowing how to bring people together to create systemic change through affecting public decision-making will give you additional, powerful tools for community transformation. This interactive workshop teaches organizing and advocacy with a specifically Christian model that takes seriously all the implications of God being real and Jesus having risen (while collaborating with integrity with interfaith and secular movements for justice). The presenters have over 80 years of combined experience in the field as practitioners and trainers.


Intro to CCD Philosophy
Facilitators: Dawnielle Miller & Don Coleman
God is at work in our neighborhoods. He has provided resources and gifts that, when utilized, bring about Kingdom transformation. This Intro to Christian Community Development (CCD) class introduces each of the 8 Key Components of the CCD Philosophy, while going deeper into the components of Listening to the Community and Empowerment. Together we will discover how this approach to ministry restores and transforms lives, communities, and systems.

Key Objectives:

  • Understand the Biblical foundations for Christian Community Development (CCD)
  • Gain an introductory understanding of the 8 Key Components of the CCD Philosophy, tools for listening to your community, and techniques for empowerment
  • Learn how the CCD Philosophy helps churches and NPOs engage with their communities in healthy ways
  • Identify some of the practical implications for our ministries when we implement CCD
  • Leave with exercises and activities that will enable you to implement and practice key elements of CCD in your community.

Launching & Growing a Nonprofit Organization & Ministry
Facilitators: Derek Lane
Are you or your church interested in launching a nonprofit ministry? Have you started the process and need direction on how to sustain ministry operations? If so, this workshop is for you. Explore the steps to get started and receive an effective, yet simple tool, to help move your organization from crisis-mode to greater efficiency and sustainability. This session is designed for new and emerging CCD ministries. Overcome the fear and intimidation so often associated with launching and sustaining a nonprofit organization and walk away with tools and resources to get started.


Urban Doxology Pre-Conference
Facilitators: Making a Melody Teaching Team & the Urban Doxology Band
What does worship look like for the urban context? What songs do we sing in our worship that speak about reconciliation, justice, & shalom? What does worship look like for a church that is economically, educationally, and culturally diverse? In this pre-conference, the Making a Melody Teaching Team & the Urban Doxology Band will equip attendees with tools and resources for contextualizing worship for their own urban church context. This pre-conference is for anyone who is interested in being more effective in worship through preaching, liturgy, music, and arts for their urban church.


World Vision: Empowering Young People as Participants, Partners and Practitioners 
Facilitators: Nicole Anthony, Lina Thompson, Leonetta Espy-Elaiho
“Don’t make decisions about us without including us.” These are profound words from young people who themselves believe that they have something to offer the conversations about community development. They don’t want to be recipients. They don’t want to be tokenized. They want to take action. As adults we often overlook the real contribution young people can make in the process of community transformation. World Vision believes that helping children and youth develop and experience the fullness of life involves creating spaces and places for them to actively participate in the life, decisions, and processes that impact their communities.

Participants in this intensive will:

  • Understand the Community Youth Development framework for Community Transformation.
  • Learn and practice the skills of youth and adult partnerships.
  • Examine the principles of Creative Activism with young people.
  • Hear from the experiences of young people who are change agents in their neighborhoods.

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