The planning for the upcoming 2014 Christian Community Development Association's National Conference in Raleigh/Durham, NC, September 24-27 has served to kick start kingdom collaboration among local churches, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations of goodwill in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For the past three years, the Raleigh/Durham host team has been made up of representatives of over 50 organizations like the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Jobs for Life, Dew4Him, BlessDurham, DurhamCares, Neighbor to Neighbor, and many others. We have worked together to welcome the world to the Triangle to be inspired, equipped and connected around the theme of Flourish taken from Jeremiah 29:7:
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
The team believes that the only way to seek “the welfare of the city” is for the Body of Christ to come together in humility, prayer and obedience to God’s command to be His witnesses in our cities. We must collaborate and work together to share the good news in both word and deed. We must not only speak the good news, but live it out among broken and hurting people, both rich and poor, whether they are red, yellow, black or white.
At Jobs for Life, our mission is to engage and equip the local Church to address the impact of joblessness through the dignity of work. Our vision is that all people are working and living for the glory of God. This work is just a part of the larger mission and vision that Jesus gave to His Church:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matt. 28:19-20
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Rev. 7:9
This work cannot be realized through one organization alone. It takes disciples of Christ, people inspired by the Holy Spirit to live like Jesus in our churches, businesses, nonprofits and other entities of goodwill. We must work together to bring peace and welfare to our cities.
This is a kingdom approach to ministry where silos are broken down and we don’t pursue the mini kingdoms of our own churches, businesses, and nonprofits. Here in Raleigh/Durham we want to be a model of this type of collaboration. We are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work together as never before to host this dynamic and impactful conference. Our prayer now becomes that we continue to work together for the peace and welfare of our cities in the decades to come.
We are grateful that God has used CCDA 2014 to add fuel to kingdom collaboration here in the Triangle. We don’t see the conference as a culmination or grand conclusion to three years of work. We see it as the end of a long beginning ushering in “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
We hope to see many of you there.