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Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development

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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 ...more
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Published August 26th 2013 by IVP Books
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Summary: Two of the founders of the Christian Community Development Association recount the history of this movement, weaving a narrative of their own and others stories into a summary of the eight key principles that have defined this movement.

Wayne Gordon, at Lawndale Community Church in Chicago, and John Perkins, at Voice of Calvary in Jackson, Mississippi, and later Harambee Ministries in Pasadena, were two of the key founders of the movement that became known as Christian Community Developm
Tyler Yoder
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, clear, and helpful read for church planters or ministers in under-resourced communities around the world. While it serves as an outline of CCDA, it provides many tangible ideas, stories, and concepts for practitioners of ministry to wrestle with and be inspired by.
Noah Schumerth
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I use this on the job all the time. Must read for Christians doing ministry work, especially in urban contexts.
Elisha Lawrence
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I knew I'd enjoy this book because John Perkins was involved in writing it. This is more Coach Gordon (who was mentored by John Perkins) though it's technically co-authored. That being said, this is the book to understand Christian Community Development Association methodology and that's why I wanted to read it. I've read a number of other books by CCDA authors, but this was the best overview I'd encountered. I'm amazed by the people in this organization. They take Christ's command to love one's ...more
Zak Schmoll
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended in an email newsletter I receive and trust, so I was expecting good things. It is very good balance of calling the church to the cause of charity with a dose of realism that we ought to engage in community development that empowers people. This is not a super theological book but much more based in how Christians can practically try to develop their communities. It has a highly incarnational emphasis, and it is full of stories of how different Christians have worked wit ...more
Melisa Blankenship
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Perkins and Dr. Gordon write a practical book on ways to engage a neighborhood to both meet needs practically as well as bring the good news of the gospel to people’s lives. They talk about how to do this without becoming paternalistic; encouraging people to listen to the leaders who are already in the neighborhood. Each chapter has a few stories from people doing this work and what they’ve learned along the way.
Ashley Chabot
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is an amazing book! If you want to know anything about CCDA this is the one. Easy read that allows you to understand the principles with real life/real people examples!
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A historical and narrative explanation of the mission of CCDA
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It wasn’t a step by step manual but more of their ideology on making neighborhoods whole.
Tim Hoiland
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rock bands like Switchfoot don’t compose tribute songs to just anybody. But when they do, one does well to take note. The band famously memorialized the words—or at least the sentiments—of St. Augustine in the 1999 song “Something More.” And as philosophy professor David Naugle wrote last year in Comment, this was anything but an isolated instance. Rather, he argues, “key aspects of the influential saint’s Christian vision, especially its existential aspects, permeate the band’s lyrics.”

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I was privileged to meet John Perkins in the fall of 2004. My wife were part of a year long urban mission in Atlanta(creatively called Mission Year). Perkins was in town for a meeting regarding the upcoming CCDA conference when his flight out was canceled due to poor weather conditions. Bob Lupton arranged for us Mission Year folks to spend an evening with Perkins. Before that evening, I knew of Perkins and was vaguely aware of CCDA (Christian Community Development Association). But that night h ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
As an introduction to the basic principles of CCDA, this book is fantastic. The use of firsthand stories from CCDA practicioners to close each chapter is an inspiring way to organize the material. The eight principles of the CCDA: relocation, reconciliation, redistribution, leadership development, listening to the community, being church-based, a wholistic approach, and empowerment, are a clarion call not just for CCDA affiliated ministries, but for congregations and ministries everywhere to rea ...more
Mindee Berkman
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 stars. The first few chapters drag. They explain how CCDA came to be. Somewhat interesting. The meat of the book begins in chapter 4 and is the content for which I proposed to read the book. I've been a Christian since childhood. How is it that I am just now beginning to understand what that really means? This book explains how Christians can truly help "the least of these." I found it informative and enlightening. ...more
Dax Palmer
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Wayne Gordon and John Perkins describe the eight key components of the CCDA. This book is good for anyone interested in Community Development.
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