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. All Go & Sees will be from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm which includes pick up and drop off unless otherwise specified.
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)
Asian American CCDA Network
Located a mile west of McCormick Place, Chicago’s Chinatown emerged as clusters of Chinese immigrants began to leave the West coast of the United States due to inhumane treatment. 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 child and adult education, a computer center, music programs, and services for new immigrants.
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, the black/white binary, micro-aggression, and the need for Asian American studies. 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/ // Click here to register
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 Breakthrough’s campus, including the Men’s and Women’s housing facilities, Fresh Market Food Pantry, and the new, state of the art FamilyPlex facility. Come learn from community leaders and staff as they share their place of change with you. www.breakthrough.org // Click here to register
Canaan Community Church
Englewood Rising is a collaborative, community led marketing campaign with the hopes to create positive change in the Greater Englewood Neighborhood while highlighting the area’s rich history and culture. 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 the neighborhood.
For over a decade, they have worked with the Englewood Quality of Life Plan to redefine the narrative of the community. Englewood has many strengths that often go unnoticed by those outside of the community. We are going to share how everyday residents, community organizations and faith based institutions are working together to see Englewood Rise. We will also be partnering with Shane Claiborne’s ministry as they melt down guns and turn them into garden tools. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see how this Southside community is being transformed! www.canaancommunitychurch.org // Click here to register
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 by placing an equal value on meeting the needs of both the woman and the child simultaneously. 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 other 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. Do not miss this opportunity to engage in an area that can seem difficult to navigate on your own. www.caris.org // Click here to register
Chicago Hope Academy
Over the past fifteen years, Chicago Hope Academy has developed what some would call an unusual perspective of the City of Chicago. It is a perspective that includes great appreciation for the quality of life and opportunity for success that our city affords, but also a desire to see this opportunity made more readily available to all citizens of our community. We chose our location in Chicago’s Near west side because it holds a rich and diverse history, as well as opportunities for change and growth, especially with respect to the youth in the community.
It is out of this realization that the vision for Chicago Hope Academy was born and continues to develop. Chicago Hope Academy is a coed non-denominational college and life preparatory high school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person, body, mind, and spirit to the glory of God. Come and see how this successful institution has been working, growing and educating in the city of Chicago for over fifteen years now. www.chicagohopeacademy.org // Click here to register
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
CNI is redeveloping the historic Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s far South Side. It is a multifaceted, wholistic approach to community development that involves commercial, retail, industrial, and residential development. Participants will take guided business tours and join the 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 // Click here to register
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 tours and training with the Cru Inner City Chicago leaders. www.cru.org/us/en/communities/innercity/chicago.html // Click here to register
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 the midst of a competitive private school environment and the 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. This is a great opportunity for educators, parents, community leaders and anyone who wants to discuss the changing Christian education. Come and take part in this incredible opportunity. www.daystarschool.org // Click here to register
Grace and Peace Church & GAP Community Center
Grace and Peace Church is part of a unique work of God that combines Biblical teaching, prophetic worship, concern for the neighborhood, evangelism, and justice. The center is 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. Along with the tour of Grace and Peace and GAP Community Center we will offer some on-site workshops which will include topics on the prophetic, multicultural worship and engaging children and youth. Hear the story of how this ministry began by faith and has been 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. Come and join us! www.gapcommunitycenter.org // Click here to register
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. What better place to make disciples for Jesus’ than the local high school? Visit an East Garfield Park Chicago Public High School where that very thing is happening.
GRIP The School serves with volunteers from local churches to accommodate the practical needs of the school. Come hear practical ways for you and your church to serve in order to make disciples in your local public school. Even with the separation of church and state mentality, we have been able to go forward and create some significant change. Come and check this out in person! www.gripyouth.com // Click here to register
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. We will take a bus tour through North, South and West side neighborhoods and spotlight the churches, ministries, and communities’ needs for each 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 that support 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 // Click here to register
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 // Click here to register
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. Since 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, and to creatively meet the needs of people, striving to empower them along the way. Lawndale Christian Health Center was established in 1984 to provide health care needs in our community.
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 was established in 2010 to support 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. You will have an opportunity to see the inner workings of the ministries and understand the history behind its creation and purpose. www.lawndalechurch.org // Click here to register
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. We will feature our Business Pitch Competition and hear from incredible leaders who will challenge you and empower you. Come and see how partnerships like this can work together and be successful. www.liveexclamation.com // Click here to register
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 wholistic 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 // Click here to register
Moody Bible Institute – Chicago Campus and Urban Cohorts Program
Come join our urban immersion program and experience life with our students. You will have the opportunity to see the campus and hear from our professors who invest their time in creating a program that is intentionally present in Chicago communities.
Our current urban immersion students will give you an authentic look at student life and share their thoughts on how relocators must learn from those in the community. Hear a student’s perspective on relocation, and how to live, learn and be equipped in community development. https://www.moody.edu/landing-pages/crm/urban-cohort/ // Click here to register
Moody Bible Institute – Christian Counseling & Mental Health
Too many of us look unfavorably on mental health issues and counseling. As we embrace the need for health and wellness, we must also embrace the need for mental health and counseling, especially in a Christian context. This Go & See will give you an opportunity to learn from and engage with a longtime Christian institution who believes that everyone deserves to be healthy, mind, body, and spirit.
At Moody you will be touring the new Chapman center as you discover how Moody is increasing awareness in the Christian community around caring for those with mental health issues. Erasing the mental health stigma is exclusively a spiritual issue. Come and learn with us. www.moody.edu // Click here to register
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
The Community Restorative Justice Hubs are a collaboration of 8 community based organizations that work to counteract the school to prison pipeline. Each agency has its own specialty including mentoring, legal services, street outreach, advocacy, restorative justice, youth development, and more. New Life Centers cultivate the best in our young people, and grow 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, 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. Space is limited! www.newlifecenters.org // Click here to register
Pastor Jonathan Brooks – A 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 will be a celebration of Pastah J’s book release Church Forsaken as well as a continuation of the celebration of CCDA’s 30th annual national conference.
We encourage everyone to purchase a copy of Church Forsaken upon entrance or at the Rooted conference. Intervarsity Press will have a variety of books available for sale. 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 carry on the legacy of CCDA! This is one book launch party you don’t want to miss. Space is limited. www.pastahj.com // Click here to register
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.
Feeling called to engage deeper into church planting? Want to learn more about CCDA style church planting? This is the place for you. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from these leaders. www.redeemercitytocity.com/nyc // Click here to register
Sunshine Gospel Ministries & Wheaton Center for Urban Engagement
Participants will have the opportunity to see Christian Community Development on the ground by learning more about Sunshine Gospel Ministries’ long-standing work in Woodlawn. People will be able to visit Greenline Café, a partnership of Sunshine Enterprises, and tour the facilities where Sunshine is located. Further, they will have a special opportunity to see reciprocal partnerships between higher education and community-based partners through hearing from representatives of Center for Urban Education and Sunshine Gospel Ministries in a panel-style discussion.
We will be dialoguing about questions such as, “What would it mean for Christian colleges and universities to stay in the city? How do we learn and serve alongside our neighbors and leverage change in our home institutions?” Participants will explore our facilities, have the opportunity to ask questions, and see this innovative model first-hand in this multi-track Go & See. Come join us for a powerful time together. http://www.sunshinegospel.org/; https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/center-for-urban-engagement/ // Click here to register
Urban Sociology Tour
Ever wanted to visit the places you’ve read about? Visit the sites from the Urban Sociology of Chicago Authors and their publications. We will visit the Olander Projects on the Southside from the book, Gang Leader for a Day, the Henry Horner Homes from the book, There are no Children Here, and sites mentioned in Slim’s Table.
These books give us a look at real communities of Chicago, now see the realities for yourself. We will end our incredible time together by eating lunch at one of former president Obama’s favorite Southside restaurants, Valois Cafe. Come and look through the lens of the authors to see how these sites have opened their view of the city. // Click here to register