Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development, By Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins

Making Neighborhoods Whole

A Handbook for Christian Community Development

by Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins
Foreword by Shane Claiborne

Making Neighborhoods Whole
  • Length: 182 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 26, 2013
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3756
  • ISBN: 9780830837564

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Already with decades of experience speaking prophetically into the charged racial climate of the American south, John Perkins began to see a need for organized thinking and collaborative imagination about how the church engages urban ministry. And so the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) was born, with Wayne Gordon an immediate and enthusiastic participant.

Nearly thirty years later CCDA?s eight key components of community development still set the bar for how churches, parachurches and nonprofits engage cities with the whole gospel.

  • Relocation
  • Reconciliation
  • Redistribution
  • Leadership Development
  • Listening to the Community
  • Church-Based Development
  • A Wholistic Approach to Ministry
  • Empowerment

In Making Neighborhoods Whole Perkins and Gordon revisit these eight commitments and how they've played out in real communities, even as they scan the horizon of urban ministry to set a new tone. With profiles of longstanding and emerging community development ministries, they guide a new conversation and empower disciples of Jesus to seek the welfare of their cities to the glory of God.

"No one understands better how to transform neglected communities than John Perkins and Wayne Gordon. They and the cadre of frontline practitioners that has joined them in writing this concise and practical book represent fresh and effective methodology on the fundamentals of contemporary community development."

Bob Lupton, founder and president of FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta, GA

"For nearly thirty years the Christian Community Development Association has been a resource for people seeking to do prophetic, nonpaternalistic urban ministry. In Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development, CCDA cofounders Wayne Gordon and John Perkins, and other veteran and emerging leaders, revisit key principles and lessons learned."

Sojourners, May 2014

"Perkins and Gordon lay out the keys to successfully engaging cities with the Gospel. They give examples of how certain core principles have helped empower communities and how they can transform churches' urban ministries."

Relevant Magazine, January-February 2015

"Making Neighborhoods Whole draws on the experiences of numerous practitioners from around the country and globe. These folks, most serving at grassroots levels, have contributed stories that offer fleshed-out examples of the CCD philosophy, bringing the book to life and providing real-world illustrations of concepts that might otherwise seem unattainable. The book is a good guide for ministry development."

Kimberlee Johnson, PRISM: Evangelicals for Social Action, January 2014

"This book is a refreshing read for those already practicing community development principles in their ministry. . . . I think Christian community development is necessary beyond urban places and this book sheds light on how it is possible to develop communities in all places."

Brent Lyons-Lee, New Urban World 4, no. 1 (2015)



Foreword by Shane Claiborne
1 A Tale of Two Activists: Roots of Christian Community Development
2 Christian Community Development Comes Together: CCDA?s Early Years
3 The State of Christian Community Development: Recent Past to Next Horizon
4 Relocation
5 Reconciliation
6 Redistribution
7 Leadership Development
8 Listening to the Community
9 Being Church-Based
10 A Wholistic Approach
11 Empowerment
Afterword by Noel Castellanos
Appendix: CCDA Annual Conferences


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Wayne Gordon

Wayne Gordon (D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is founding pastor of Lawndale Community Church and chairman/president of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).

John M. Perkins

John Perkins, the son of a sharecropper, grew up in Mississippi amid dire poverty and rampant racism only to become a recognized civil rights leader as an adult. He is the founder of Voice of Calvary Ministries in Mendenhall, Mississippi, Harambee Ministries in Pasadena, California, and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). His books include Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice for All, and Making Neighborhoods Whole.