Learn About National Conference Workshops
One of the key objectives of CCDA is to train Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. Each year we invite practitioners from across the country to lead dynamic workshops at our annual gathering. This year is no different!
The deadline to submit a workshop outline was April 15th, 2021. CCDA has communicated decisions regarding proposal submissions. If you submitted a workshop proposal and have not received a communication, please first check your spam folder, then contact [email protected] Continue reading to learn about the topics covered by CCDA’s 2021 National Conference workshop presenters.
Each workshop is a 60-minute presentation plus 15 minutes of Q&A.
Reimagine is the theme for the 2021 CCDA National Conference in Kansas City. To imagine is to visualize or to envision. Last year, our team thought we knew what the year was going to look like. With the pandemic, however, our vision of the year was necessarily re-created. The theme Reimagine reminds us that God consistently reshapes our vision. God is constantly doing a new thing and we are called to listen and engage, especially after times of crisis. In Ephesians 3:20, Paul reminds the church of Ephesus that we believe in a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than we all ask or imagine,”. In 2021 we reimagine. Reimagine is a call to join God in this new thing, to care for the vulnerable and oppressed like never before, to vitalize communities like never before, and to be the church like never before.
Biblical Social Justice
How to identify and advocate for biblical social justice in areas such as racial equity and justice, mass incarceration, immigration, education equity, the environment, gender equity, COVID 19 vaccination accessibility & acceptability, amongst others.
Reimagining economy is critical to community flourish in the following areas: solidarity economy structure and practice; traditional market solutions and business innovations; social enterprise; developing and attracting businesses in under-resourced communities; job creation, readiness and security; developing partnerships between business and ministry; living wage; addressing income inequality; entrepreneurship; financial literacy.
CCD Philosophy, Theology and Practice
Learn and consider the 8 Key Components of CCDA into: theological foundations of practice; topics for the practitioner; collaboration and partnership; peacemaking and reconciliation; strategies and tools for implementing the CCD Philosophy; community listening; Asset Based Community Development; faith-rooted community organizing.
Church with Community
Cultivating churches with the CCD philosophy within: churches as a community asset in COVID 19 era; best practices for serving neighborhoods through sustainable church-based ministries; church planting; models for discipleship and development; developing community after pivoting to virtual context; innovative technology use in communities; developing kinship networks.
Contemporary Social Contexts
Identifying and changing social contexts for individual and collective thriving is vital to Kingdom work in areas such as: racial equity and justice; dismantling white supremacy; culture of violence; human trafficking; gender equity; housing and homelessness; poverty reduction; immigrants, & refugees; gentrification; family reunification, foster care and adoption; reimagining public safety and community accountability; safe passage for asylum seekers.
Develop an organization with CCD values within: fundraising and grant writing; informing and assessing cultural competence; implementing growth strategies; governance and board development; finance management; legal issues; human resources; marketing; sustainability; partnerships; ethical practice; measuring effectiveness and evaluation; identifying, mentoring and retaining leaders; leadership transitions and succession; utilizing social media for growth and sustainability.
Nurture individual, familial, and collective wholistic health and care considering spiritual formation and practices; developing & sustaining healthy families and marriages; parenting through trauma; thriving singleness; moral injury and burnout; mental health; individual, collective, or generational trauma; substance use; harm reduction; healthy relationships and boundaries; pandemic suicide prevention.
Arts, Imagination, and Creative Technology
Best practices and methods for incorporating arts, imagination, and creative technology in community development including: creative social media technology in community; personal, collaborative, or communal integration of faith and the arts; innovative visual, literary, culinary, performing art in community development; social media influencing.
Leadership development for the children, youth, and young adults: effective community-based youth ministry; after-school programs; empowering young people to practice CCD in their communities; leadership succession & passing the mic to a new generation; youth based community organizing.