IVP is pleased to partner with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to publish a line of co-branded books that align with both organizations' shared values of justice and community development.
"InterVarsity Press has long admired the mission of Christian Community Development Association, and given how many of IVP's authors are connected to CCDA, it seemed only natural to formalize a partnership that would be mutually beneficial to both organizations," says Helen Lee, IVP Director of Marketing. "Our partnership has been a synergistic relationship that has helped to shape key conversations in the church, whether on the topics of hands-on ministry or in the areas of justice, race, and reconciliation."
Founded under the leadership of Dr. John Perkins more than thirty years ago, CCDA aims to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. All the authors of books in this collection are CCDA members and practitioners, and most have held leadership positions within the organization and are nationally recognized experts in the work of Christian community development.
In urban ministry, Christians too often treat the poor as goodwill projects instead of people. How can the people of God develop healthy, local, urban churches that will seek the common good of their communities? In this essential resource, Alvin Sanders engages hard truths about urban neighborhoods and provides a model for how to do ministry in difficult conditions.
The Latina/o culture and identity has long been shaped by its challenges to the religious, socio-economic, and political status quo. Robert Chao Romero explores the "Brown Church" and how this movement appeals to the vision for redemption that includes not only heavenly promises but also the transformation of our lives and the world.
Church leaders need to show up, stay put, and see what God is doing in their midst. Pastor José Humphreys recognizes how deeply our faith is tied to our particular stories in our particular places. Combining spiritual formation with activism, vivid narrative with exhortation, and realism with hopefulness, Humphreys offers pastors and church planters a thoughtful look at discipleship in a complex world.
We have seen progress in recent decades toward Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of beloved community. But this is not only because of the activism and sacrifice of a generation of civil rights leaders. It happened because God was on the move. Now updated to reflect on current social realities, this book reveals ongoing lessons for the continuing struggle for a just society. Come, discover your part in the beloved community. There is unfinished work still to do.
Raised on the south side of Chicago, Jonathan Brooks moved as far away as possible as soon as he could. But through unforeseen events he found himself not only back in Englewood but also serving as a pastor and community leader. In this book he challenges Christians to be fully present in their communities, helping local churches rediscover that loving our neighbors means loving our neighborhoods.
The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Exploring the history and foundations of mass incarceration, Dominique Gilliard examines Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion, assessing justice in light of Scripture, and showing how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles.
In an age of hashtag and armchair activism, merely raising awareness about injustice is not enough. Michelle Warren and her family have chosen to live in communities where they are "proximate to the pain of the poor." Here she shows us how proximity changes our perspective, compels our response, and keeps us committed to the journey of pursuing justice for all.
You may be white, but don't think you have no culture. Charting his own journey toward understanding his white identity, Daniel Hill shows us the seven stages we encounter on the path to cultural awakening. This timely book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.
God's call to the church is to love not just those who are easy to love, but also those we would rather avoid or ignore. Leroy Barber, a leading voice in reconciliation and justice, provides a rousing exhortation to build relationships across barriers, offering practical advice on how to do so. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God's love.
What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God? Innovative worship leader Sandra Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God's invitation for all peoples to praise him. When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice for every tribe and tongue.
From the barrios of Texas and California to the leadership of the CCDA, Noel Castellanos has never seen the work of the cross separated from the needs of the neighborhood—except in the imaginations of too many Christians. Embrace a life-giving gospel that demonstrates compassion, confronts injustice and restores individuals and communities to wholeness.
Civil rights leader John Perkins and CCDA president Wayne Gordon revisit the founding principles of the Christian Community Development Association, seeking to provide the terms for a new discussion around the emerging priorities of Christian community development today. Includes profiles of thriving urban ministries.