Volunteers Needed at CCDA National Conference
Do you want to attend CCDA National Conference for just $49?
The 2012 CCDA National Conference will be held in Minneapolis – St. Paul September 26-30, and people accepted as volunteers are able to attend the conference for just $49 (normal registration is $214).
Approximately 200 volunteers are needed, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. To apply as a volunteer go to the CCDA 2012 conference website at ccda.org/reconcile2012 and click on “volunteer” or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers must be able to serve at least 10 hours immediately before, during or following the conference. The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
Priority will be given to volunteers who possess needed skills for specific areas of service:
- Childcare needs volunteers with current background checks and experience caring for kids
- Transportation needs volunteers from the Twin Cities who have a valid driver’s license and are willing to donate the use of their vehicle and gas; these volunteers must be punctual and flexible; they must know their way around MSP airport and Minneapolis
- Registration needs volunteers who work calmly and quickly under pressure and who are able to retain a lot of information in a short amount of time; accuracy is key in this role; preference will be given to volunteers who have served in CCDA’s registration before
- Workshops need volunteers who are comfortable making introductions to a room of their peers; separately, tech-savvy individuals are needed to augment the Audio-Visual staff (helping presenters with PowerPoint and tech setup)
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. Not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice.
Many of us have a deep sense that the world is not as it should be. Broken relationships. Divided communities. Poverty and violence in our neighborhoods . . .
The good news is that God longs to work through us to help restore things to the way they were intended to be. In the language of the Old Testament, this wholeness is called shalom—a state where nothing is missing and nothing is broken.
The roots of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) stretch back to 1960 when CCDA Founder, John Perkins (along with his wife, Vera Mae) relocated their family to the struggling community of Mendenhall, Mississippi to work with the people there. The Perkinses devoted thirty-five years to living out the principles of Christian Community Development in Mississippi and California, leaving behind ministries and churches that are now headed by indigenous Christian leaders.
In 1989, Dr. Perkins called together a group of Christian leaders from across America who were bonded by one significant commitment, expressing the love of Jesus in America’s poor communities. Not at arm’s length, but at the grassroots level. An association was formed, and CCDA held its first annual conference in Chicago in 1989.