Pre-Conference Institutes

Pre-Conference Institute Classes

CCDA is proud to bring back the in-depth training and interaction of our Pre-Conference Institute Classes. With a fresh lineup of instructors, you are sure to gain valuable insight about the 8 Key Components and how they apply to your context.

Everyone is welcome to attend and pre-registration ($35) is required. Lunch and dinner will not be included so please plan accordingly. Space is limited.

Pre-conference registration is closed for all National Conference events. You can still register on-site at the conference. Registration opens again on October 12, at the JW Marriott at 11am.

  • Wholistic Approach, taught by Antoine Bennett and Patty Prasado-Rao

    Based on a Biblical theology of “wholeness,” this class focuses on integrating faith and appropriate program development to address people’s wholistic needs. Children and youth programs will be discussed along with adult special needs, including job programs, literacy, homelessness, alcohol/drug rehabilitation and basic needs assistance.

  • Indigenous Leadership Development, taught by Esperanza Martinez

    Indigenous leaders’ presence in every area of ministry and leadership fuels the sustainability of an effective Christian Community Development ministry. This class teaches Biblical principals and best practices to create a ministry culture where men and women are prepared to become the next generation of church and community leaders.

  • Listening to the Community, taught by Bethany Dudley

    Christian Community Development (CCD) affirms the dignity of individuals and encourages the engagement of the community to use their own resources and assets to create sustainable change. CCD philosophy believes the people with the problem have the best solutions and opportunities to solve those problems. This class provides tools for discovering the assets of our communities.

  • Church Based Community Development, taught by Darryl Saffore

    Christian Community Development sees the church as an active participant in the development of its community. Ideas and ministry programs should emerge from the life and presence of the church body in its neighborhood. We will explore the various philosophies of church ministry; understand the distinctions between a community and “parish” church; and examine the core competencies of a church-based community development ministry.

  • Transformational Urban Church Planting (Evangelical Covenant Church), taught by Don Davenport, Peter Sung, and Henry Greenidge

    This class provides an opportunity for current and potential urban church planters to receive insights from seasoned church planters in the dynamic and transformative nature of urban church planting based on Christian Community Development. Biblical teaching, real life examples and interactive dialogue will create an environment for interaction and learning.

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location: JW Marriott Indianapolis

Pre-Conference Christian Community Development Class

After a year off, Truett Seminary and other partner schools are back with a new and improved CCD course. Each of the academic institutions below has contributed to creating a joint class, affording university and seminary students the opportunity for cross-pollination. More information will be coming soon. See the attachment below for more information and to sign up for the class.

Please note: The Pre-Conference CCD course is supported by CCDA but not organized by the National Office staff. Jimmy Dorrell, Truett Seminary, is the main contact. He can be reached at

  • George W. Truett Seminary (Baylor)
  • Baylor School of Social Work
  • Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Denver Seminary
  • Martin University
  • Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Bakke Graduate University
  • Sioux Falls Seminary
  • Drew University (San Francisco) – D. Min
  • North Park Theological Seminary

Date/Time: Class begins 7:00pm, October 10 and ends 4:00pm, October 12 Location: Martin University, 20 blocks from National Conference venue; transportation will be provided.

Pre-Conference CCD Class Syllabus

Space is limited.

Pre-conference registration is closed for all National Conference events. You can still register on-site at the conference. Registration opens again on October 12, at the JW Marriott at 11am.

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