Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development

by Wayne Gordon, John Perkins. InterVarsity Press, 2013.
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The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) was born out of John Perkin’s decades of work in the racially charged American South. Perkins, a renowned civil rights activist and author, realized the need for a more organized approach to addressing poverty and racism. He found an outstanding partner in Wayne Gordon, founding pastor of Lawndale Community Church, located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago. Together they founded the CCDA and developed eight key components of community development; components that today-30 years later-still set the bar for how churches, para-churches and non-profits address the needs of their city through a whole gospel approach. This book describes the history of the CCDA and unpacks the eight components. Reconciliation, redistribution, listening, and empowerment are some of the essential methodologies discussed in this book. Together Perkins and Gordon describe what it means to provide a holistic ministry among people who live in poverty. For those in the church offering leadership to their community outreach, this book is an essential guide.