Already with decades of experience speaking prophetically into the charged racial climate of the American south, John Perkins began to see a need for organized thinking and collaborative imagination about how the church engages urban ministry. And so the Christian...
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Already with decades of experience speaking prophetically into the charged racial climate of the American south, John Perkins began to see a need for organized thinking and collaborative imagination about how the church engages urban ministry. And so the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) was born, with Wayne Gordon an immediate and enthusiastic participant. Nearly thirty years later CCDA’s eight key components of community development still set the bar for how churches, parachurches and nonprofits engage cities with the whole gospel.
Listening to the Community
A Wholistic Approach to Ministry
In Making Neighborhoods Whole Perkins and Gordon revisit these eight commitments and how they've played out in real communities, even as they scan the horizon of urban ministry to set a new tone. With profiles of longstanding and emerging community development ministries, they guide a new conversation and empower disciples of Jesus to seek the welfare of their cities to the glory of God.
John M. Perkins is an American civil rights activist. He has worked extensively in the realm of reconciliation and development centered around the Christian Gospel message. He currently serves and founder and president of the John M. Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Bible Literacy Project, publishers of the curriculum The Bible and Its Influence for public high school literature courses.
Born June 16th, 1930 John grew up on a plantation as a sharecropper in the 1940s. Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, John Perkins has been recognized for his work by being awarded nine honorary doctorates from Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Spring Arbor College, Geneva College, Northpark College, Whitworth College, Belhaven College and Nyack College. He is the author of nine books including A Quiet Revolution, Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice For All, Beyond Charity, Hes My Brother, Resurrecting Hope, and A Time to Heal.
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"WAYNE L. GORDON " is founding pastor of Lawndale Community Church in Chicago and president of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA ), a nationwide network of people and ministries that engage in community development. He is cofounder of the Lawndale Christian Health Center, which sees more than 150,000 patients a year, and founder of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, which facilitates economic development, education and housing. Dr. Gordon teaches at several colleges and seminaries and has written extensively on God's heart for the poor, breaking racial barriers
- Foreword By Shane Claiborne1 A Tale Of Two Activists: Roots Of Christian Community Development2 Christian Community Development Comes Together: Ccda’s Early Years3 The State Of Christian Community Development: Recent Past To Next Horizon 4 Relocation 5 Reconciliation 6 Redistribution 7 Leadership Development 8 Listening To The Community 9 Being Church-based 10 A Wholistic Approach 11 Empowerment Afterword By Noel Castellanosappendix: Ccda Annual Conferencesnotescontributors