Participants in this year’s Immersion enjoyed in-depth training in the Christian Community Development philosophy, combined with opportunities to visit CCD ministries such as Pui Tak, Breakthrough, Grace and Peace Community Church, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, River City Community Church, Little Village Urban Life Skills, and Lawndale Christian Health Center.
Chicago served as our primary host city for the Immersion due to the number and variety of these diverse CCDA ministries available for site visits. Participants heard from leaders such as Jonathan Brooks, Dominique Gilliard, Sandra Van Opstal, Michelle Warren, Dr. John M. Perkins, Rudy Carrasco, and some of the founders of CCDA, Wayne “Coach” Gordon and Mary Nelson during classroom sessions and dinner conversations.
Couldn’t catch these speakers at Immersion?
Find them at Rooted CCDA, November 1-3, 2018.
This week-long event offered dynamic training sessions in CCDA’s 8 principles, and the chance to experience CCD philosophy in action in diverse multicultural, multiethnic Chicago neighborhoods: Little Village, Lawndale, Humbolt Park and Chinatown.
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Testimonies from Former Immersion Participants
“It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. It has [had] immense significance for the ministry I am part of.”
“This week has changed my life. I am blessed to have been a part of it and I have already begun the process of sharing these tools with my local church and churches in my city. Time to go to work!”
“[The Immersion] gave me a vision of what the church can be when it lives out the whole gospel. [It] helped me to see the sacrificial, incarnational, joyous love that is foundational to CCD.”
“[The] Immersion was life-changing and life-giving to me. It has changed how I see/approach my marriage, it is changing how we are approaching the opportunity… to help plant a church in our neighborhood, and it has challenged me to re-think the way we approach involving/listening to our community in the programs that we already have up and running.”