Plan your time well so you don’t miss out on our last day of the conference!
November 3rd is a very special day of the conference specifically designed for you to explore the diverse neighborhoods, ministries and businesses of our “Chicago Go & Sees.” We are providing conference participants an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods and communities of this year’s host city—learning from local practitioners and experiencing the history and unique characteristics of Chicago.
Some Go & Sees also include on-site workshops, offering practical tools and insights from local leaders. Each Go & See will have a $10 fee for the lunch that is provided by the organization and some may have a $10 transportation fee.
Spots are limited – reserve your spot by registering today! Pre-registration is required. Tickets may also be purchased on-site at Registration. All Go & Sees will depart from the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place unless otherwise designated. (Go & Sees and details are subject to change)
L!VE Café & Creative Space & Communities First Association
L!VE Café & CFA have partnered as a for-profit social enterprise and faith-based non-profit to serve as a hub for community transformation. Together, the partnership fosters intersectional relationships and connections that might otherwise not occur, in an effort to leverage those connections for difficult conversations, conflict resolution, and equitable resource sharing. The model between L!VE as a for-profit and CFA as a faith-based non-profit is one to be examined for faithful, sustainable, mission mindedness in organizational development structures for the 21st century. Come and see how partnerships can work like this can work together. www.liveexclamation.com
Mission Year calls young adults into a lifestyle of love and justice in the city by providing short-term and year long opportunities in Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia. Come alongside churches, organizations, leaders, activists, and neighbors who are transforming their communities. Explore faith, identity, and justice with a community of Christians who are pursuing holistic Christian community development in authentic and transformational ways. Come and engage with other young adults around the topics of faith and justice. Interact with Mission Year staff and teams who are pursuing love and justice in Chicago. Learn more about the issues facing local neighborhoods in Chicago and explore ways you can use your gifts to bring about social change. www.missionyear.org
Urban Sociology Book Tour
We will visit sites of the Urban Sociology of Chicago: The book Gang Leader for a Day, The Olander Projects on the South side, There are no Children Here and the Henry Horner Homes, and Slim’s Table Valois Cafe as well as other sites of interest. Come and see how we will discuss and experience these places. Look through the lens of the authors and see how these places have opened their view of the city.
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
CNI is redeveloping the historic Pullman neighborhood on Chicago Far South Side. It is a multifaceted, wholistic approach to community development that involves commercial, retail, industrial, and residential development. Guided business tour and discussion of the Pullman redevelopment. Come and see how God intersects in the business community through redevelopment and how it impacts the city of Chicago. www.Cnigroup.org
Heart for the City (Resource Global)
Heart for the City and Heart for the Community (with Noel) are books that were born through many long years and long time friendships with pastors, colleagues, ministries and friends. On a bus we will drive thru North, South and West side neighborhoods and spot light the churches – ministries – communities needs for that area. Our tour will be engaged in praying for these areas using the Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide. We will have opportunities to stop in and see some of these ministries and maybe even have “Church” on the bus with worship and Scriptures on God’s heart for the city, the poor, the orphan, the widower and the stranger. Come take a prayerful tour with us and leave Chicago knowing you have covered this city in prayer! www.h4tc.org
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Breakthrough Urban Ministries (Breakthrough) is a community-based organization in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Within the community, Breakthrough has four facilities that provide an integration of services with community residents, including housing, education, workforce development, violence prevention, health and wellness, and spiritual formation. Each year, Breakthrough serves over 5,000 residents in its target 40-block zone. Guests will have the chance to visit Breakthroughs campus, including the Men’s and Women’s housing facilities, Fresh Market Food Pantry, and state of the art new FamilyPlex facility. Come and experience from their community leaders and staff as they share their place of change with you. www.breakthrough.org
Cru Inner City – Chicago (Agape Community Center)
Three ministries in the Roseland Community have been networking together for several decades to make a positive impact in the neighborhood. Cru Inner City’s Agape Center, Roseland Community Good News Day Care, and Christ Temple Cathedral all work together on a weekly basis to run after-school ministries, a day care ministry for teen moms, and on-going street outreach in the Roseland Community. They have also partnered together to start “Pray Roseland” which is a collection of over 25 churches working together to do collective outreaches on the street corners, lead monthly community prayer gatherings, and take back the most violent corners in the neighborhood. Experience the change that has happened in person through tour and training with the Cru Inner City Chicago leaders. www.cru.org/us/en/communities/innercity/chicago.html
Lawndale Community Church (come visit one of the original birth places of CCDA)
Lawndale Community Church was established in 1978. The church was birthed through an idea from a core group of high school students in 1975. From the beginning Lawndale Community Church has held to these individual purposes: To reach the unchurched people of the community, To proclaim and live out Biblical Christianity, To raise up new generations of Christian leadership, To creatively meet the needs of people striving to empower them along the way. Lawndale Christian Health Center established in 1984 to provide health care needs in our community. Shortly after
Lawndale Christian Development Corporation was established in 1987 to provide affordable housing, economic development and educational opportunities for the residents of North Lawndale. Lawndale Christian Legal Center established in 2010 to come alongside youth 16-24 who have been charged with crimes. Come see where it all began and where CCDA ROOTS ARE DEEP! Get a hands on tour of the Lawndale Community Church Ministries. People will have an opportunity to see the inner workings of our ministries and understand the history behind its creation and purpose. www.lawndalechurch.org
InterVarsity Press is the publishing division of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We publish books for the church, academy, and broader world, incorporating topics such as discipleship, race and ethnicity, justice and reconciliation, missions, spiritual formation, biblical studies, and much more. Interested in learning about the publishing business? Come to InterVarsity Press to see our headquarters and where all the work happens to turn ideas into published books. This Go-and-See will also include a workshop to introduce you to the publishing process and give guidance on how to prepare a book proposal if you are interested in writing. www.ivpress.com
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
The Community Restorative Justice Hubs are a collaboration of 8 community based organizations that have been working together for the last 5 years to stop youth in Chicago from continuing on the school to prison pipeline. Each agency has its own specialty including mentoring, legal services, street outreach, advocacy, restorative justice, youth development, and more. We take the best of each and build stronger together. Come and meet the leaders of this movement and learn about the history of how it came together, how it has grown, the programming that happens, and learn how to do something similar in your own city. You will come to Little Village, the capital of the Mexican Midwest, a neighborhood 85,000 people living in 4 square miles. Little Village is the home neighborhood of CCDA President Noel Castellanos, Pastor Victor Rodriguez, and many other CCD leaders. Come and see the neighborhood and experience one of the Restorative Justice Hubs: New Life Centers of Chicagoland’s Urban Life Skills Program. Come and connect with other practitioners! Don’t miss out, space is limited! www.newlifecenters.org
For twenty years Daystar School has been a unique Christian elementary school in the heart of Chicago; the 325 students come from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and belief backgrounds. The time will begin with a tour of Daystar’s South Loop facility along with an overview of its programs and practices as it relates to being a Christian school in in the midst of a competitive private school environment and challenges with Chicago Public Schools. Following the tour, Christian education thought leaders from Daystar School and other schools will host a workshop/panel on trends, challenges, and practices in Christian education in today’s changing culture. www.daystarschool.org
Canaan Community Church
Englewood Rising is a collaborative, community led marketing campaign with the hopes to create positive change and highlight the rich history, culture and value of the Greater Englewood Neighborhood. Englewood Rising shares community work, success stories, embraces living legends, and implements innovative strategies that can redefine the perception of our community. Participants will engage with residents of the Greater Englewood community who are working collaboratively to redefine the essence of our neighborhood. We want to share our over a decade long work with the Englewood Quality of Life Plan and how we make sure we define our narrative for ourselves. We are going to share how everyday residents, community organizations and faith based institutions are working together to see Englewood Rise. Englewood has many strengths that often go unnoticed by those outside of the community. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see how this community has been transformed and is thriving together! www.canaancommunitychurch.org
Redeemer City to City
City to City prayerfully recruits, trains, coaches and resources leaders who start new churches and church networks in global cities. You will experience what it looks like to plant CCDA churches and CCDA informed church plants. Exploring the present state of affairs and needed correctives, different models of engagement with the poor at the center of your church, and paint the picture of an ecosystem that supports CCDA church plants. If you are feeling called to engage deeper into church planting or you are a part of current church planting or just want to learn more about this in a CCDA style.This is the place for you. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from these leaders. www.redeemercitytocity.com/nyc
GRIP The School with GRIP Outreach for Youth
The Mission Field Around The Corner: Life-on-Life Ministry in Public Schools in every city neighborhood, there’s most likely a church, corner store and a school. With Jesus’ call to make disciples, what better place than the local high school to do so? Visit an East Garfield Park Chicago Public High School where GRIP The School serves with volunteers from local churches accommodating the practical needs of the school and hear practical ways for you and your church to serve, impact and make disciples in your local public school even in light of the “separation of church and state.”
CCDA Asian American Network
Located a mile west of McCormick Place, Chicago’s Chinatown emerged largely because clusters of Chinese immigrants who had settled on the West Coast of the United States were being treated inhumanely, hence their decision to head east to find a more peaceful place to live. Chinatown is representative of Asian American communities across the United States. Pui Tak Center is a church-based community center. Located in Chinatown’s only historical landmark, formerly known as the On Leong Merchant Association Building, the Chinese Christian Union Church’s Pui Tak Center provides children’s and adult education, a computer center, music program, and new immigrant services. Our time together is designed to equip and encourage Asian Americans in the work of justice and Christian community development. Professor Daniel Lee of Fuller Theological Seminary will present on topics including: perpetual foreigners, black/white binary, micro-aggression, why Asian American studies, why some Asian Americans make it worse. We will tour the Pui Tak Center, which serves over 3000 individuals who live in Chicago’s Chinatown and surrounding communities. Come and deepen your understanding and role of Asian Americans in Justice work. www.facebook.com/groups/319737141692052/
Grace and Peace Church & GAP Community Center
Grace and Peace Church is part of a unique work of God to bring together Biblical teaching, prophetic worship, concern for the neighborhood, evangelism, and justice. All fueled by prayer in order to advance His kingdom on the West Side of Chicago. Situated at the intersection of three neighborhoods where the boundaries between African Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans are clearly marked, this ministry is creating a new multicultural family of God that transcends neighborhood boundaries. Pastors John and Iliana Zayas were born and raised in Chicago and lead the dual ministries of Grace and Peace Church and GAP Community Center. You will receive a tour of Grace and Peace and GAP Community Center and hear the story of how the ministry has developed over the years from a small after school program run out of the home of Pastors John and Iliana Zayas to The Revive Center which is a multi-level neighborhood renewal and church facility. On-site workshops will include topics such as prophetic, multicultural worship and engaging children and youth. Come join us! www.gapcommunitycenter.org
Caris Pregnancy Counseling & Resources
For over 30 years Caris Pregnancy Counseling and Resources has been providing counseling and supportive services to women facing unplanned pregnancy. Caris sets itself apart from others in the field of unplanned pregnancy and counseling support in that our approach to services places an equal value and emphasis on meeting the needs of both the woman and the child simultaneously and individually. Through our holistic pregnancy counseling approach, Caris aspires to be a leader in addressing the cultural, social, spiritual, and economic essentials involved in unplanned pregnancy, ensuring that women and children thrive. Our work transcends politics, and is built on grace and compassion. Participants will have an opportunity to delve into the issue of unplanned pregnancy and abortion and get an understanding of its intersection with race, class, and additional socio-economic measures. Participants will be provided with a forum to discuss the issue of abortion outside of the lens of politics and truly examine and explore “the woman” facing unplanned pregnancy. You will get an understanding of how we counsel (we use professional counselors) and how our approach leads women (and men) on a path of hope and transformation. Caris’ approach is not typical, but we believe it is 100% Biblical.
Pastor Jonathan Brooks – Celebration of CCDA authors! (please note this Go & See is in the evening from 6:00 – 9:00 pm)
The need to have truth written seems to grow everyday. One way to share our narrative and truth is through the art of writing. This Go & See is not only a celebration of Pastah J’s book release “Church Forsaken” but it’s also a continuation of the 30 year celebration of CCDA as well as the next generation of CCD leaders produced through its legacy. We are asking everyone to purchase a copy of Church Forsaken upon entrance or at the conference and IVP (Intervarsity Press) will have other authors books available as well. We will have live music, food, dancing, games and opportunities to engage with Pastah J and other CCDA and IVP partnership authors. Come celebrate with us and see how the ROOTS continue to grow as the next generation of leaders and authors continue on the legacy of CCDA! This is one book launch PARTY you don’t want to miss and space is limited. www.pastahj.com