Each year a major community development conference takes place, often out of reach for the London area.
But this year, the CCDA conference is in Detroit – just 2 hours down the road.
It will be 3 days of witnessing best practices in Christian Community Development, networking with ministry leaders, and being inspired by hands-on, neighbourhood and church practitioners.
It’s a golden opportunity for us, right on our doorstep. Please pencil in the dates, October 4th to 7th, and learn more about the CCDA conference, which will draw about 2,500 attendees. CCDA runs a fantastic conference that is practical, compelling and applicable. There are a wide variety of topics, led by people who do hands-on work and clearly explain approaches that are working and what didn’t. Londoners who have attended previous CCDA conferences are unanimous in encouraging you to attend this year’s event in Detroit.
Here’s the video for the conference, including the quote:
“Cast a vision for what is not yet, but can be, in our community.”
The CCDA conferences are being attended by a growing number of London ministry and church volunteers. Here are some of their impressions:
Beth Fellinger, the Pastor at Destination Church in St Thomas, likes how committed CCDA is to adding value within community. “My brain has really not stopped since I went to the CCDA conference.”
Leslie Damude, of Gateway, says the conference provides “proven and practical principles, techniques and approaches.”
Julie Young-Marcellin has been to 3 CCDA conferences so far, and likes their deliberate focus on community issues and shared values.
Maggie Harsanyi says: “It is the most inspiring week of my year. It is not just talk: you see people humbly doing amazing work.”
Carole Verdun, the director of Connections and Local Outreach at West Park church, found lots of great people and ideas at the conference.
Sue Huson found it “thrilling to be in a room with 3,000 people with a passion for neighbourhoods.”
David Cottrill, a Pastor at North Park, values the “Go and See” experiences, which provide real-life insights into the motivations and methods of successful community outreach organizations. Says David: “You see how things run, and get ideas for how to implement similar ideas here in London.”
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There are also discounted hotel rates for the CCDA conference! So you can be right on site for the conference.
I hope you will save the date, and make plans to be part of an outstanding community development conference this fall.