October 4–7, 2017

Detroit, MI

CCDA Schedule
CCDA Schedule

Our Discipleship Department within The Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of The Wesleyan Church are delighted to be partnering with Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). We will be hosting a Wesleyan Shoulder Day on Wednesday, October 4th. The discounted conference rate of $189 is being offered to our Wesleyan leaders. To register for the conference and receive the discounted rate of $189, please go to https://secure.wesleyan.org/ors/CCDA-2017/. For further inquires, please email Stephana Bledsoe at bledsoes@wesleyan.org.

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About CCDA
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to engaging with people and communities in the process of transformation. For over 25 years, CCDA has aimed to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. CCDA walks alongside local practitioners and partners as they live out Christian Community Development (CCD) by loving their neighbors.

About the National Conference
Our National Conference was birthed as an annual opportunity for practitioners and partners engaged in Christian Community Development to gather, sharing best practices, seeking encouragement, inspiration, and connection to other like-minded Christ-followers, committed to ministry in difficult places. The CCDA National Conference has been described as a family reunion––for four days, the CCDA family, coming from across the country and around the world, is reunited around a common vision and heart.

Each year our National Conference is hosted in a different city. The CCDA staff works closely with a local host team to pull off this gathering of more than 2,500 people. Our staff, board, and local host team work together to develop a theme statement that shapes the look, feel, and content of the conference.

We are thrilled the CCDA National Conference will be hosted in Detroit, October 4–7, 2017. Registration opens April 1st!

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from life and ministry's extraordinary challenges, and is grounded in life-giving relationships. How are the followers of Jesus to grow in the resilience needed to sustain a call to practice Christian Community Development? Like all ministry it is one that "fills our hearts to the brimful and breaks them too." (Nancy Roth, Awake My Soul)

This year's national conference in Detroit follows the 50th anniversary of the Detroit uprising. Detroit's journey has been one that puts a premium on resilience. Experiencing wave after wave of struggles like urban unrest, economic disinvestment, housing market collapse, and bankruptcy, has brought the city to its knees.

Despite the hardships, Detroiters still stand resolved and resilient through it all. As the Flag of Detroit indicates, the city "hopes for better things" and "rises from the ashes". The city is tough and its people are strong.

Resilience is essential to being effective and sustainable over long periods of time in the work of Christian Community Development. Like a flower erupting between cracks in a parking lot, deep rootedness in the strength of the Lord and His power (Eph. 6:10), makes resilience possible. Perseverance through hardship and vision for what is not yet but can be, are essential for the task of loving our communities and facilitating Kingdom transformation.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

We anticipate another life-giving gathering in 2017. Each year, conference speakers, workshops, site visits and conversations with like-minded people cultivate an environment where attendees are inspired and retooled. We hope to facilitate a safe place for honest conversation, thoughtful engagement, worship, and rest among a group of truly diverse attendees. We are grateful for the opportunity to rally around the pursuit of (re) conciliation and biblical justice.

We hope the CCDA National Conference inspires the next generation to join the movement.

The CCDA National Conference is a unique gathering of practitioners and partners dedicated to the work of transforming and restoring communities through presence and practice. The National Conference is commonly referred to as a family reunion––an opportunity for like-minded and like-hearted members of the CCDA familia to come together for celebration, lament, refreshment, and learning. The National Conference is a place in society that sets a safe table for engagement, creating a space for challenging conversations to happen around a common table.

We invite partners and practitioners from all over the country and around the world to gather with us. We are mindful of the various environments that people come from, seeking to welcome the rural, small town, suburban and urban practitioners in our midst. We have carved out spaces in our gathering specifically for pastors, educators, business people and other necessary contributors to the conversation of restoring communities. We recognize the breadth of our membership and seek to be a gathering for our friends sitting at opposite ends of the political spectrum. We value the diversity of voices and the collection of stories that our family brings to this annual gathering. The table is set and the invitation stands. We hope you'll join us.