2017 CCDA National Conference — Detroit Workshop
Church-Based Community Development: How to Make It Work! — Kevin E. DuBose
One of CCDA’s 8 key components is the idea of ‘church-based’ community development. But is it really possible for a racially diverse and multi-denominational group of congregations to move past their divisions and work together to reverse negative youth and community development outcomes? This workshop will detail how a youth-serving parachurch organization, Emerald Youth Foundation, is working through local neighborhood churches to reduce pronounced faith, learning, and health gaps in under-resourced communities in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hear lessons learned during Emerald’s 25-year history and affirmation that the key to wholistic ministry is the church.