Christian Community Development Association
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CCDA’s mission is to create a strong fellowship of those engaged in Christian community development (CCD). It supports and encourages practitioners and helps inspire Christians to launch new community ministries. The CCD philosophy emphasizes eight basic principles for those hoping to impact distressed communities:
- relocation to the community;
- reconciliation of the people to God and to each other;
- redistribution of skills, education, and resources;
- development of leadership from within the community;
- responding to the felt-needs of the community;
- keeping the program church-based;
- following a holistic approach to problem-solving; and
- empowerment of the people of the community.
The CCDA makes available many resources for those interested in Christian Community Development. One of the more note-worthy books offered is John M. Perkins’ Restoring At-Risk Communities where Perkins and 14 other urban ministry professionals give advice and guidance on at-risk community work.
Why does FASTEN recommend this resource?
CCDA offers opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and training from veteran practitioners at its annual conference, typically held in the fall.