Upcoming events

    • Sunday, June 25, 2017
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • Camp Sumatanga, 3616 Sumatanga Rd, Gallant, AL 35972

    The North Alabama Conference Ministry with the Poor Operational Team will be hosting Immersion at Camp Sumatanga June 25-30,2017. 

    Immersion was birthed in 2011 by CCDA in response to requests for more in-depth training in the Christian Community Development philosophy, combined with opportunities to visit CCDA ministries and dialogue with experienced CCDA practitioners. To date, the Immersion has included participants from 45 states and 12 countries. 

    In an effort to develop community and foster quality student interaction, this unique opportunity is limited to 30 participants. With completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to gain certification in Christian Community Development.


    This week-long Immersion will offer sessions in all 8 Key Components of Christian Community Development:

    • Relocation
    • Reconciliation
    • Redistribution
    • Indigenous Leadership Development
    • Listening to the Community
    • Church Based Community Development
    • Wholistic Approach
    • Empowerment

    Churches, Districts or individuals who are interested understanding these eight components, which we have adapted as our philosophy for doing ministry with the poor in North Alabama, are invited to participate. These principles will guide participants as they engage in ministry with the church in different settings. 

    Please register early to secure your spot for this wonderful learning opportunity. The deadline for completed registrations and payment is June 10, 2017. 

    - See more at: http://www.umcna.org/immersion2017

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, October 07, 2017
    • 11:45 AM (EDT)
    • Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243

    We are thrilled the CCDA National Conference will be hosted in Detroit, October 4–7, 2017.

    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.

    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Houston, Texas


    Details available here.

    Hosted By

    Texas Christian Community Development Network


Past events

Friday, April 21, 2017 Peoria Café
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Milwaukee Café
Friday, March 31, 2017 Working Together to End Poverty in the RGV
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Springfield Café
Thursday, March 02, 2017 2017 Border Southwest CCDA Regional Gathering