Core Principles

 

Vision

How do we face change?

We envision thriving city blocks where families are flourishing in the presence of God.

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A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:

“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.” (Zechariah 8, The Message)

Philosophy

How do we move through suffering?

We seek to strengthen the fabric of the neighborhood spiritually, socially, and economically (CCDA.org).

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8 Principles of CCDA Philosophy:

  • Relocation
  • Reconciliation
  • Redistribution
  • Leadership Development
  • Listening to the Community
  • Church-based
  • Wholistic
  • Empowerment

Principles for Helpers” and Charity Detox by Robert D. Lupton

I am a Neighborhood” by Nate Ledbetter

CCDA Theological Journal & Publications

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Community Principles

How do we receive joy?

We're committed to principles such as dignity, empowerment, family, and neighboring.

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A few words we try to live by, as a people in process, we’re devoted to:

  • Embody the life of Jesus from the inside out.
  • Give each other the benefit of the doubt.
  • To be a church that’s with and of the neighborhood.
  • Strengthen families through whole-life discipleship.
  • Widen the grace circle through forgiveness and mercy.
  • Not take ourselves too seriously through laughter and celebration.
  • Hear each other out by listening to younger and older voices, together.
  • Share our stories in the context of common stages (cycles) of community.
  • Pursue emotionally healthy spirituality to build integrated relationships.
  • Stand with our sisters and brothers who experience pain and oppression.
  • Remove barriers to increase access to Christ with opportunity to flourish spiritually, socially, and economically.

Core Focus

How do we mature in service?

We're focused on developing Christ followers who set the table for others to flourish.

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We desire for every person (younger and older) to experience:

  • Dignity: Placing the same value on people that God places on people.
  • Family: Being welcomed with open arms into the community of Christ.
  • Healing: Finding peace and wholeness from the trauma of life.
  • Hopeful future: Receiving life in Christ to become who we were made to be.
  • Empowerment: Affirming what neighbors can or could do for themselves.
  • Neighboring: Building trusted friendships as local residents on the block.
  • Transformation: Every person, building, and city block is meant for God’s glory.
  • Widespread worship: Seeking the Spirit afresh through a ministry of presence.

The four questions are inspired by Alexander J. Shaia via Quadratos.