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!
Take a look at this year’s workshop opportunities. Further date/time/room changes will be reflected in the Conference app after November 1.
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.
|Being a White Ally in White Spaces||White people wanting to be Allies may struggle to know when, where, and how to do their part to dismantle racism. This workshop aims to help White Allies navigate the White spaces they occupy so that they can better prepare for conflict and leverage their influence in the places where BIPOC people do not have access.||Friday||1:30 PM||Roosevelt|
|The Doctrine of Discovery and the Rise of Christian Nationalism||The Doctrine of Discovery is the theological justification behind discovery, Indian removal and the ethnic cleansing of Manifest Destiny, as well as slavery and Jim Crow laws. It is also the impetus behind both the implicit and explicit manifestations of Christian Nationalism and racial injustice seen throughout our country the past months and years. In this workshop presenters will examine how the dysfunctional theological imagination of the Doctrine of Discovery is evident in the ongoing struggle with systemic racism and the recent rise of Christian Nationalism.||Friday||1:30 PM||Royal Hall|
|Reconciliation Across Social Class||Often in the work of reconciliation, we focus on race, but ignore social class. This results in “cheapening” the real work of racial reconciliation. This workshop will explore the following topics: What is social class and class identity? Why is it important to understand class as culture? What is classism? How does classism operate in the church? How does applying the class lens help us better understand topics that often get overlooked in the racial reconciliation conversation, such as White poverty and class differences within and between racial groups? The workshop will conclude by explaining how combining the lenses of race, class and gender can help us work toward more authentic reconciliation.||Friday||3:15 PM||Trianon B|
|Deconstructing Whiteness||This workshop will help CCDA practitioners better understand the social construction of race and how it has impacted our society and culture including church institutions. Whiteness as a social construct has been used to create inequality and racial oppression that continues to impact and harm individuals and communities alike. The workshop will help to begin unravel the tangled web of race as a toxic idea and principality.||Friday||3:15 PM||Roosevelt|
|Practical Tools for Advocacy: Engaging Your Church & Community||Participants will learn strategies on recruiting partners to engage in systemic advocacy efforts including congregations. They will also leave with basic strategies to advance justice issues in their communities and build coalitions for change. Using predatory lending reform as an example, participants will learn how churches and other nonprofits have successfully added advocacy to their direct service community work.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Pam Pam|
|Get in the Game: Ending Mass Incarceration||Have you been sitting on the sidelines, wanting to engage in the fight for justice for those directly impacted by an unjust criminal justice system? Learn more about national advances on key issues such as ending life without parole and cash bail. Explore 4 types of activism: 4 roles you can play in advancing change, and 7 ways to be an effective advocate.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Tea Room|
|Transforming Communities through Non-Violence||The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s twenty-eight-year work has empowered community volunteers into practices that embody the essentials of our faith in places of deep pain and injustice. This workshop will share practical strategies and communal practices that RCND, Duke Chapel, and the faith communities of Durham have embraced as proximate response to the breach of community and systemic violence in Durham, NC, practices borne out of grassroots relationships across every side of violent harm.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Roosevelt|
|Stories: A Starting Point for Advocacy||The starting point for many people who do justice is a personal connection to their own stories, or the stories of those around them, of being affected by an injustice. Participants in this workshop will learn how to tell their personal stories in healing ways to influence elected officials, decision makers, and public opinion. Presenters will discuss how to tell stories effectively and give time for participants to outline their stories. There will also be a section on how to get a letter to the editor or op ed published, and best practices for emailing or meeting with legislators.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Eisenhower|
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.
|When the Church Reimagines Abundance through Rural Community Capitals||This interactive workshop guides attendees through a process to identify resources in their community through the framework of the Community Capitals. Attendees will reimagine how their communities can be impacted through the collective assets of their congregations by viewing their community through a lens of abundance rather than scarcity.||Friday||1:30 PM||Kennedy|
|Jesus on Main Street: Reimagining Local Economies||Learn about the full range of Community Economic Development (CED) tools including community benefits agreements, business incubators, cooperatives, and more. Learn how Church of the Messiah on Detroit’s east side has taken holistic CED principles to heart, creating initiatives including affordable housing, workforce development, community organizing, leadership development and business incubation.||Friday||1:30 PM||Trianon C|
|Business as Mission to Sharpen Your CCDA Ministry||Explore the intersection between Christian community development and the concept of business as mission. Three focus points: (1) Brief review of the Lausanne principles of Business as Mission (2) Review of a few Christian ministries using business to build their ministry (3) a case study of a for-profit business using business as mission principles for impact.||Friday||3:15 PM||Trianon D|
|Reimagining Business and Mutuality||In this 60-minute workshop you will hear from the latest research and learn from practical examples of what’s happening in the shift of business toward a different way of defining purpose and the opportunities for collaboration.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Lido|
|From Blight to Blessing–How to Create A Profitable CCD Homeownership Business||As immigrants settle into post-industrial communities around the US, CCDA practitioners can facilitate the purchase, financing and legal paperwork of homes in high-demand by immigrant families. Come imagine how your ministry might leverage this profitable, grassroots CCD homeownership business model that has generated revenue for a decade by connecting workers skilled in remodeling to affordable houses.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Nixon|
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.
|Reimagine Social Good: Empowerment & Assets as the Foundation of Our Work||Decades of community development have been fueled by good intentions, but have our efforts accomplished all that we hoped for? Are our philanthropic efforts adapting to a changing landscape, or are we stuck in our old ways? We will look at the local and global call for change in the philanthropic sector, the ways that the power brokers unknowingly create dependency, and barriers to long-term sustainability of community efforts. Attendees will learn how to advocate for change within their spheres of influence, and adopt a new model of charitable work.||Friday||1:30 PM||Eisenhower|
|Subversive Witness: Scriptures Call to Leverage Privilege||Instead of denying that privilege exists, sidestepping the topic, or feeling overwhelmed by its weight, the gospel demonstrates how we should deal with privilege. Scripture affirms that privilege is real and declares that while we have the option to exploit it for selfish gain or passively benefit from it, we are called to soberly acknowledge and faithfully steward it. Missionally, we are commissioned to leverage privilege to further the kingdom and love our neighbor. This workshop will address the impact of unbridled privilege but will then move towards exploring the generative potential of privilege when it is properly understood and faithfully stewarded. Come learn how privilege can become a subversive tool leveraged to engender social transformation and deeper kingdom participation.||Friday||3:15 PM||Royal Hall|
|Reimagining Shalom: Peaceful Practices to Move Beyond Divided Politics||Can the Church withstand the divides of the current social context? Is the Church still “salt for the earth” when spiritual division within the body of Christ jeopardizes its witness? In a world and Church increasingly polarized, skills of conflict transformation and healthy dialogue are fundamental tools for living out a theology of peacemaking and reconciliation. The Church is called to creatively reimagine Shalom community by moving beyond political divides. In this workshop, participants will learn “peaceful practices” – skills for addressing divides present in their congregations and communities – as they imagine how to return hope to a splintered church.||Friday||3:15 PM||Eisenhower|
|Reimagine the Immigration Conversation: Reading the Bible from the Margins||Christian Community Development work requires our own transformation–not just that of the communities we live in or serve. Yet many of us have not been trained to read or apply Biblical principles or teach from the perspective of those on the margins of society, the very people we feel called to love and care for. Theologian and CCD practitioner Karen Gonzalez, leads this workshop whose goal it is to help us understand why the way we read the Bible is critical to our formation and our engagement with immigrant communities. The workshop will include teaching, reflection exercises, and biblical study together.||Friday||3:15 PM||Truman B|
|Overview of the CCDA Philosophy||This workshop will introduce the 8 Key Components of the Christian Community Development Philosophy. Together, attendees and facilitators will discover how this approach to ministry can restore and transform lives, communities, and systems.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Royal Hall|
|Unleavened Bread: Reimagining theological faithfulness in the aftermath of deconstruction and the unveiling of whiteness||This workshop is for those who ever the past decade have been vexed by the public exposing of whiteness, devastated by toxic theology, theology, and experienced the arduous, messy process of deconstruction. We will examine what it means to build theological frameworks in light of lived experience, church history, current events, and scriptural revelation. If you are ready to reclaim and renovate a life of christian faithfulness and praxis that reminds you of Jesus and leaves your integrity intact, this workshop is for you.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Truman B|
|Reimagining Violence in Scripture||Scripture is full of violence. As practitioners, it can be confusing to know how to respond to questions about that violence, especially when it seems God sanctioned. Through the lens of a holistic and redemptive hermeneutic, this workshop will give practitioners a scriptural foundation for what it means to be people of peace alongside their communities. Participants will also have the opportunity to reimagine the place and purpose of the violence in the old and new testament.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Cigar Lounge|
|Circle City: Transforming Communities and Systems through Restorative Practices||Restorative Practices (RP) is a social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals and social connections within communities. Derived from indigenous cultures, RP promotes peacemaking and reconciliation, provides equity and safety, and builds trust amongst participants. This workshop will provide an overview of RP, and give participants the opportunity to experience a Restorative Practice Circle.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Trianon E|
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.
|Reimagine Achieving Racial Equity in Child Welfare||In America, Black children constitute 13% of the total child population, yet they comprise 24% of the total number of children in foster care. Such racial disproportionality adversely impacts more than 100,000 children each year. This workshop will explore how to bring an end to this disproportionality by employing care-sharing technology to unite churches and community members.||Friday||1:30 PM||Trianon B|
|Church in Community: Not Just a Coat Drive||Many young lives have been negatively impacted by the ongoing current pandemic. Though numerous lives, professions, and livelihoods have been unexpectedly disrupted, the repercussions have been far worse for the underserved and underrepresented. Many have lost access to quality affordable housing, supportive family services, daily school-provided musical expression, and most importantly, the easy convenience to internet access. In this workshop, we will discuss how the church can ready itself to work with vulnerable and oppressed communities in the midst of the pandemic and its aftermath.||Friday||1:30 PM||Trianon D|
|Reimagining the Church as a Hub for Community Connection||In the face of social isolation and division, churches can refocus on helping people cultivate deeper, more diverse relationships. Participants will envision practical ways to connect with neighbors, cultivate community with people who are struggling alone, and build relationships with people across differences.||Friday||3:15 PM||Cigar Lounge|
|Reimagine: Living UNDIVIDED for Racial Healing, Solidarity & Justice||This workshop will help participants reimagine the role the church can play in being a positive force for racial healing, solidarity and justice in their communities through a shared cross-racial experiential 6-week intensive journey that moves people into deeper community and action.||Friday||3:15 PM||Trianon C|
|Reimagining Your Ministry Approaches: Practical Brainstorming and Innovation Tools||This workshop will offer a hands-on experience with practical ministry innovation exercises and tools that leaders can use with their teams to empower young people, reimagine their approaches to ministry, and create lasting change. Transformative innovation is born out of empathizing with and empowering those we seek to serve, and these ideation and decision-making exercises will help catalyze your team’s creativity and collaboration.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Trianon B|
|Extending the Table: Inviting Asian-Americans into the Racial Justice Conversation||In response to the rise in anti-Asian violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has come together to rally for change. This workshop will reflect on why AAPI have historically not had a seat at the table and how the pandemic changed the landscape. This workshop will provide greater understanding of the issues confronting the AAPI community and practical tools to help.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Trianon E|
|For Such A Time As This: The Role of the Church in Protecting and Expanding Voter Access||This workshop will convey in the words of Dr. King,”The fierce|
urgency of now” regarding the role of the Church in holding
policymakers accountable to voters for expanding and protecting
voter rights. It will provide tools for engaging grasstop
leaders and equipping low propensity voters with information
and access to democracy.
|Thursday||3:15 PM||Truman B|
|Re-imagining Traditional Church: Developing a Bilingual Ministry||Grandview Park Presbyterian Church has been in their urban Kansas City, Kansas neighborhood for 137 years. Most denominational churches in the area have shut their doors. The neighborhood has changed from a thriving suburb to an urban area with a large Spanish speaking population. Most denominational churches in the area have shut their doors. Hear from some of Grandview Park’s leaders how they have responded and developed a bi-lingual ministry and continue to serve their community.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Royal Hall|
|The Redemptive Poverty Worker: Commitments and Core Practices||Many Christians treat the poor as charitable goodwill projects instead of as people among whom the Church can be God’s witnesses. Charity and witness are not mutually exclusive. There is a superior way: advocating towards a better quality of life for those who live in poverty, while simultaneously using our faith in Christ as the foundation.This workshop seeks to ground our work in the biblical truth that God is bigger than the circumstances surrounding the people and neighborhoods we serve.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Trianon B|
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.
|A Full Step Forward!||As we reimagine ministry and navigate life’s new normal, we must fully step into possibility. How do we push past our trauma and help those we serve see God in the midst of their trauma. This workshop will address three important factors for productive ministry personally and with others during a pandemic.||Friday||1:30 PM||Truman B|
|Reimagining Home: Building Healthy Communities through Affordable Housing||Healthy communities provide diverse housing opportunities, so neighbors can have a roof over their heads and connect with others , regardless of income. We will explore ways your organization or church can effectively contribute to housing justice by providing an introduction to the development process, explain the funding mechanisms for affordable housing, and share real life experiences of partnering with churches to restore homes for low-income families.||Friday||1:30 PM||Cigar Lounge|
|How Can Faith Leaders Engage in Efforts to Reduce Violence?||There are a variety of successful violence reduction initiatives happening across our country. But what role can the church play? How can pastors and faith leaders engage in order to prevent violence before it happens? Join us in a conversation about how we can stop mass incarceration and over-policing, and shift resources towards innovative, health-based solutions that build safe and healthy communities.||Friday||3:15 PM||Tea Room|
|Deconstructing Privilege to Reimagine Equity||Pictures and media play a huge visual role in sustaining fear of “other” between Black, Indigenous, and People of Color/Culture (BIPOC) and those within the created white race in all areas of our country. The workshop presenters will provide a historical overview of the “created white race” formation within the US, both through supporting chattel slavery and continuing with the building of our American capitalist economy. We will review pivotal moments from different areas of the country that highlight the historic roots of this scenario and how it manifests differently across the country. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss race and equity in small groups.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Nixon|
|Leading Diversity Efforts post-COVID: What has changed? How do you and your organization stay relevant?||How do we reimagine organizational diversity efforts in a post-Covid era? Session leaders, will introduce the why, what, how, and when of leading diversity efforts. Special attention will be given to the critical need for diversity professionals to practice self-care; and for organizations to retain diversity professionals through professional development and support.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Truman A|
|Intersection of Poverty and COVID-19||Educating practitioners about the diverse perspectives of people who live in poverty is essential, especially now that poverty has emerged as one of our country’s most critical issues, and people living in poverty have fewer options to navigate COVID-19 closures and layoffs. We will explore the diverse types of poverty, homelessness, communication theory and how the different lived experiences influence people living in poverty.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Trianon C|
|From Roots to Rooftops: How to utilize Sustainable Agriculture Programming to||Our hope in this workshop is to help create more sustainable and equitable food systems by discussing the existing state of food insecurity, giving an overview of national best practices, and discussing tools to implement initiatives. We will also discuss how to build cross-sector partnerships that take a holistic approach in addressing environmental sustainability and food insecurity.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Tea Room|
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.
|Building the Engaged Board Your Organization Needs||An engaged, diverse board of directors is key to ensuring the health and sustainability of your nonprofit organization. Too often, organizations take a haphazard approach to board development. Building the right kind of board takes an intentional, strategic approach rooted in best practices, regular evaluation, and solid planning. Take the guesswork out of board development and move to a strategy that unlocks the organization’s greatest strength: its leaders. By implementing the process presented in this workshop, you, too, can build a board of directors to help your organization thrive.||Friday||1:30 PM||Pam Pam|
|Fundraising with Equity||This workshop will analyze common fundraising practices — some of which have been deemed best practices — but are rooted in white supremacy and paternalism. Together, we will reimagine fundraising practices that are rooted in equity and dignity for all God’s people and generate change for our organizations and communities.||Friday||1:30 PM||Pam Pam|
|Leading from the Margins||Cultural change is not coming from top but from groundswells of those on the edges. This workshop will identify strategies to bring movement to a God-given calling, even when there has been no formal invitation to lead. A case study will detail the journey of the NOW Movement which was started with one marginalized voice and resulted in a robust collective that emboldens followers to pursue racial justice.||Friday||3:15 PM||Trianon E|
|Overhauling Programs in Decline: Effective Tools for Evaluation & Change||Programs come and go, and while it is common to experience challenges in the programs we lead, seeing a steady decline in participation, effectiveness, and other areas can be discouraging. This workshop will provide practical tools for evaluating the current state of your program, troubleshooting key areas, and planning for the future.||Friday||3:15 PM||Lido|
|Fundraising & Grantwriting 101: Tips & Tools to Get Started||This workshop covers the basics of grantwriting and fundraising, specifically designed for ministries with limited staffing or little to no experience in fundraising. Learn about developing a “boilerplate” and engaging in strategic partnerships, collaborations, and overcome the fear and intimidation often associated with fundraising work.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Roosevelt|
|Developing Healthy Organizations to Avoid Staff Burnout||Living out the values of Christian community development can often stretch us to the breaking point. Often those called to serve communities experiencing trauma are those who have experienced trauma themselves. This can result in retraumatization of staff, resulting in compassion fatigue, conflict and perpetuating trauma. This workshop explores how to develop a healthy organizational culture that embodies CCD values while avoiding staff burnout. Specifically, this workshop will explore tools for assessing organizational culture and health. and specific steps to take to improve organizational health.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Kennedy|
|Reimagine Your Rural Nonprofit: Transform a Surviving Season into Your Thriving Season||The current global pandemic has forced rural nonprofits to serve a larger, needier population with scarce resources. For rural-located nonprofits the strain has been devastating, yet there are many rural nonprofits who have managed to not only weather this trial but emerge triumphant. This presentation will provide rural nonprofit leaders with tools and best practices that will help move them from surviving to thriving.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Kennedy|
|Program Design: a Human-Centered Approach||Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving and program design. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world. Welcome to real program design!||Thursday||3:15 PM||Lido|
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.
|Reimagining Embodiment||Our communities have been separated by the social distancing needs of the pandemic and slowly emerging from isolation, but we are not the same. Our bodies are marked by new levels of anxiety, fear, stress, and trauma, yet God remains present in our bodies. How can we reimagine ways to be together as whole persons? How can we create spaces where people can share difficult embodied experiences, including grief and injustice? This workshop explores how the pandemic has affected our bodies within the Body of Christ and offers practical tips for creating rhythms of healing, rest, and resilience.||Friday||1:30 PM||Trianon E|
|Beyond the Opioid Crisis & Into Communities||This workshop will equip those who are building community with the connections between addiction, the opioid epidemic, recovery and faith – especially in the wake of pandemic realities & polarized communities. We will explore strategies for decreasing stigma and increasing hope.||Friday||3:15 PM||Trianon A|
|From Spiritual Bypassing to Entering Into Each Other’s Pain||This workshop seeks to define spiritual bypassing, and identify how it operates in our lives and ministries. We will unpack how it has negatively impacted mental health and spiritual health, individually and communally, and will explore new ways of being with each other during times of emotional pain.||Friday||3:15 PM||Truman A|
|Reimagine A Better Way to Minister: Trauma informed Care||In this workshop you will be introduced to a reproducible model to address trauma. Attendees will be introduced to the Trauma Healing Arc, the journey from suffering to rebuilding and resilience. Each attendee will leave with next steps of how to incorporate Trauma Healing Training into their ministry context as well as practical tools to help them walk alongside those who are going through trauma or grieving.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Trianon A|
|Soul Strength for Justice Work||The work of social justice requires perseverance and stamina. Without a disciplined foundation of personal spiritual formation (weekly, monthly and quarterly) and times of personal and corporate prayer, our efforts are futile. If we want to lift burdens, break bondage and justice to flow like a river, intentional disciplined prayer ministry is the work.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Eisenhower|
|Reimagining Your Relationship With Christ and the Church||The recent pandemic and events of the past few years have challenged and even shaken the faith of many. The God we met in Sunday School or Youth group or even on a college campus now seems too small, too narrow, too white or too weak to match up to the ugliness of modern-day isms and the turmoil of our adult lives. This workshop is designed to help participants reconnect with a God and to reimagine a more just, loving and prophetic church and our place in it.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Pam Pam|
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.
|Story Circles: Offering the Transformational Power of our Stories||This workshop shares the format for Story Circles, in which participants are invited to share their stories in a brave and sacred space. Story Circles are used to help foster conversations around difficult topics, and this one will center specifically on participants’ experiences of racism. Presenters will share their own experiences leading Story Circles, offer an abbreviated experience of a Story Circle, and provide recommendations for leading Story Circles in their own contexts.||Friday||1:30 PM||Truman A|
|Theater, Transformation, and Theology: The Story of the 1619 Musical||This workshop will explore the creation of the musical production 1619: The Journey of a People as a justice-based theatrical production. Designed to fulfill the biblical call to remember, 1619: The Journey of a People dramatizes the 400 year experience of African-Americans including the theological and ideological concepts at the core of the liberation struggle. The workshop explores both historic issues and current controversies while providing guidance on building community and the local economy through the production process.||Friday||3:15 PM||Nixon|
|Imagine: Art Marries Technology||This workshop will affirm the expression, recognition, and understanding of unique communities by the people participating in them. Participants will envision, imagine and experience how access to creative technology produces empowerment, vibrancy and resilience in a community. Participants will collaborate in a performance as a way to help them re-imagine how the arts and personal expression can create a path towards a more healing-centered approach in their communities.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Cigar Lounge|
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.
|Transforming Communities through School-Based Leadership Development||YOKE Youth Ministries, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, believes that the best way to transform communities is through developing young leaders. YOKE accomplishes this through unique relationships with the school systems that they serve. Their school-based program allows them to meet kids where they need them the most, when they need them the most, and affords them an opportunity to positively shape school culture. YOKE leadership will teach and share insights on developing relationships with local schools, running after-school clubs, engaging local churches, and developing young leaders.||Friday||1:30 PM||Lido|
|Not Forsaken: Helping Young, Black Men to Reimagine Their Lives||The lives of young black men in the city are frequently lost or forsaken, but God has not forsaken them. This workshop provides guidelines and practical tools to move young men from a position of victimhood, to a position of leadership and strength in Christ.This workshop offers a spiritual paradigm for ministry to urban black males, enabling them to become leaders in their homes and communities.||Friday||1:30 PM||Nixon|
|Mutually Transforming Mentoring in the Inner City||This workshop will introduce ways in which mentoring can beaccomplished as a next step of involvement for ministries alreadydoing outreach. We will share the ways that mentoring done in urban contexts is often very different than mentoring done elsewhere. Presenters will share practical ways in which people can create volunteer pools, ways to source kids, and methods for equipping/training mentors. Our approach explains how the families we serve also are fountains of wisdom for what we do and how each context should listen to their community.||Friday||3:15 PM||Kennedy|
|Beyond the X’s and O’s: Reimagining Coaching for the Future||This workshop will provide participants with a theological and practical framework for using sports as a means of leadership development within their local community. Participants will engage Biblical meanings of leadership and leadership development cultivation. Participants will also examine educational data and statistics on trauma that justify the need for youth leadership development. Participants will learn various programming methods that have effectively developed qualities within youth and adults.||Friday||3:15 PM||Pam Pam|
|Combining Creative Writing and Storytelling for Spiritual Practice||As we reimagine church post-pandemic, what does it look like for our youth and young adults to contribute to the church’s effort to declare the good news? This workshop will teach youth leaders, young adult leaders, pastors, and mentors how to combine creative writing and storytelling for spiritual practice. We will engage in writing prompts from the book of Habbakuk that highlight the themes of lament, prayers that break our heart, and being an answer to our prayers.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Trianon D|
|Unleashing the Imagination of Youth Through Neighborhood Social Entrepreneurship||We will explore how young people in your neighborhood can be empowered and equipped to bring innovative solutions to the problems facing their neighborhood. We will look at the processes that have guided successful ventures launched by middle and high school students in an under-resourced, urban neighborhood in Kansas City, and will explore how this can become a model for neighborhood-based sustainable youth ministry.||Thursday||1:30 PM||Trianon C|
|Talking about Race with Young People||Talking about race with young people can be challenging. This workshop is for leaders, parents, and church members who want to have conversations about racism and prejudice, and want to help young people explore issues that are important to God and relevant to them – a racially and ethnically diverse generation. In this workshop we will address vocabulary to know and history to be mindful of, and we will end with practical next steps so that you can confidently engage teenagers in faithful and caring discussions about race.||Thursday||3:15 PM||Trianon D|
|Afterschool and Summer Programs as a Catalyst for Promoting Christian Community Development Principles||In this workshop attendees will discover how CCDA principles can be and are incorporated in Out of School Time (OST) programs||Thursday||3:15 PM||Trianon A|
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 communication, please first check your spam folder, then contact [email protected]