Saturday, September 12, 2015

Shalom Training Track at CCDA in Memphis--Please share the word!

Shalom Training Track
at Christian Community Development Association
National Conference  Nov. 11-12th, 2015
Every year, over 4,000 faith-motivated, justice-driven, community ministry leaders gather for the Christian Community Development Association's national conference.  This year we're in Memphis for CCDA.

In behalf of Communities of Shalom, a member organization, I am pleased to invite you to four events at CCDA in Memphis on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12th, 2015: 
·         Networking Lunch Session for trainers
·         Practical Workshop on repurposing church buildings
·         Go and See a Shalom Site in Memphis
·         Shalom Training Consultation for community developers

Here are the details:  
NETWORKING LUNCH FOR TRAINERS : Support and Resources for Trainers wanting to offer Asset Based Community Development Training.  Hosted by Dr. Michael J. Christensen, former International Director, Communities of Shalom, Drew University, current training consultant at NorthwindInstitute.  All Shalom, ABCD and CCDA, and other trainers welcome. Bring your own lunch and meet other trainers. Thursday, Noon-1pm at the Memphis Cook Convention Center
WORKSHOP FOR PRACTIONERS: How to re-purpose a traditional church building?  “Transforming Aging Church Properties and Shrinking Congregations into Neighborhood Assets”  Presenters: Shalom Church Redevelopment Team: Jim Bergdoll, Michael J. Christensen, and Amy Moritz. Thursday 1:30 and 3:15pm  at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Go & See:  Visit The Commons hosted by the Binghamton Community Development Team.  Meet Amy Moritz, Executive Director of the Center for Transforming Communities, and learn how a vital community center was built on the old foundations of a former church building. And how a new prophetic congregation emerged from asset based community development ministry in the neighborhood. Thursday & Friday, 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Onsite Shalom Training Consultation:  Meet with the Shalom Church Redevelopment Team at CCDA.  For our schedule,contact

Also: Take the Shalom Online Course: “Stepping Up from Charity to Sustainable Community Development--Six Threads of S-H-A-L-O-M” which covers the distinctive, faith-based, “shalom zone approach” to economic community development in urban neighborhoods and rural areas. Offered by!communities-of-shalom/tu4ga

To Register for CCDA at Communities of Shalom Group Rate, contact

Communities of Shalom is an organizational member of CCDA, and you may register through CoS at the group member rate: $209 for the three-day event.  And here's a link for earning continuing education units for the Shalom Track at CCDA from Northwind Institute:!ceu/jn3rh

Nov 11-14, 2015
255 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103

SHERATON MEMPHIS DOWNTOWN HOTEL250 North Main Street, Memphis TN 38103 Phone:(1)(901) 527-7300
For information on the CCDA National Conference 2015 in Memphis, visit website:
I hope to see you there!

Still seeking the Shalom of the Community where I have been sent, 

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Shalom Church Redevelopment Team
Communities of Shalom