TIU and Local Ministries Network Through CCDA Cafe

CCDA Cafe Worship

Over 130 ministry representatives met on Jan. 31 from 7–9 p.m. in Melton Hall for a time of worship and networking as part of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).

TIU and CCDA have had an institutional partnership for the past three years. Mosaic Ministries Coordinator Daniel Hartman and Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Heather Rosenberg oversee the CCDA chapter at Trinity. They collaborate with CCDA and local churches to encourage spiritual formation of students and community ministry at Trinity.

The cafe began with a time of prayer and worship led by the Postured for Praise worship team from The Sign of the Dove Church in Waukegan. This was followed by a time of introductions and an overview of Christian Community Development led by CCDA Chicagoland Regional Coordinator Bethany Dudley. Pastor of Lawndale Community Church “Coach” Wayne Gordon spoke on how to partner well across the divides of the world for more effective ministry. Attendees interacted with the text of Isaiah 65:17–24 throughout the evening, circling key words that spoke of God’s redemptive plan. Gordon also spoke at chapel throughout Christian Life Week, interacting with similar ideas.

The eight key components of CCDA were addressed at the cafe:

  1. Relocation: Community based
  2. Reconciliation
  3. Redistribution
  4. Leadership development
  5. Church based
  6. Listening to the community
  7. Wholistic approach
  8. Empowerment

Gordon also spoke on the “Triple-S 3P” of the command in the Bible to love God and love your neighbor. The three S’s consist of solitude, silence and Scripture followed by pray, praise, and put it in writing.

The evening concluded with a time of fellowship. Graduate and undergraduate students were able to interact with local ministries, and snacks and drinks were provided.

“Community leaders from both affluent and under-resourced communities joined together first in worship of God, and then in collaboration with the Holy Spirit and each other for the sake of gospel ministry,” Hartman said.

According to Hartman, the vision and mission of CCDA is to see communities restored with Christians fully engaged in the process of transformation by inspiring, training, and connecting Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God. The cafe was matched up with this mission, Hartman said, as it was inline with inspiring, training, and connecting Christians in the work of the ministry.

“The CCDA Cafe was a place to introduce leaders to Christian community development as a philosophy of ministry and to CCDA as an association. It also was a place to connect local leaders with one another and with students around the theme of wholistic Christian witness,” Hartman said.

Rosenberg first connected with CCDA through her job at a different school in New York. Having previously worked in urban ministry in Los Angeles, she felt that CCDA’s vision and eight core components helped answer some of her lingering questions about urban ministry.  Rosenberg believes the partnership between Trinity and CCDA is positive for both sides.

“It helps our students think through the practical outworking of the values and mission we are instilling and offers CCDA theologically and biblically grounded partners. Introducing students to CCDA at this stage in their lives will help them to be life-long learners and more focused and capable ministers of the gospel,” Rosenberg said.

Along with Trinity College, TEDS, and TGS, 13 local non-profit organizations and 11 local churches were also represented at the cafe. Undergraduate members of Trinity’s Community Partnerships Cabinet (CPC) attended, representing a variety of different on and off-campus ministries between them. The cafe gave these students the opportunity to network further and increase the size of their ministries, or find out more about other ways to get involved.

CPC President Emily Malay helped with set-up and guest sign-in for the event, and said it was a good opportunity to connect and learn about more ways to serve within the TIU community.

“It was good to learn about how you can be involved in reconciliation within your community and how you can help communities become self-sustaining. It was also beneficial to talk to different people involved in different ministries. I learned a lot about ways I can serve in my community,” Malay said.

There are further ways for TIU students to connect with CCDA, according to Rosenberg. Undergraduate students can become a part of the CCDA Academic Chapters, and Graduate students can join the Social Justice Living Learning Floor.

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