IVP is pleased to partner with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to publish a line of co-branded books that align with both organizations' shared values of justice and community development.

"InterVarsity Press has long admired the mission of Christian Community Development Association, and given how many of IVP's authors are connected to CCDA, it seemed only natural to formalize a partnership that would be mutually beneficial to both organizations," says Helen Lee, IVP Director of Marketing. "Our partnership has been a synergistic relationship that has helped to shape key conversations in the church, whether on the topics of hands-on ministry or in the areas of justice, race, and reconciliation."

Founded under the leadership of Dr. John Perkins more than thirty years ago, CCDA aims to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. All the authors of books in this collection are CCDA members and practitioners, and most have held leadership positions within the organization and are nationally recognized experts in the work of Christian community development.

Christian Community Development Association Partnership Books

Plundered by David W. Swanson

David W. Swanson

Pastor and activist David Swanson knows that racial and environmental injustice share an origin story rooted in greed and oppression. Here, he shows how Christians can become communities of caretakers in dynamic relationship with our Creator that restore our relationship with creation and each other, and the holistic justice that can result.

Persevering Power by Bruce D. Strom

Bruce D. Strom
Bruce D. Strom

How can we carry on when we are weary and overwhelmed by the unjust world around us? God is a God of justice who cares for people in distress. By looking to God's perspective, Bruce Strom shows how we can find direction for what God has in store for us. If you're running on empty, discover how God's persevering power can renew your soul.

Join the Resistance by Michelle Ferrigno Warren

Michelle Ferrigno Warren
Michelle Ferrigno Warren

Faith-rooted justice advocate Michelle Ferrigno Warren equips Christians to join Christ's restorative work in the world. From grassroots to grass tops, Warren invites us to understand our place in this moment and learn from the poets and prophets who call us to resist oppression and injustice.

Uncommon Church by Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders

In urban ministry, Christians too often treat the poor as goodwill projects instead of people. How can the people of God develop healthy, local, urban churches that will seek the common good of their communities? In this essential resource, Alvin Sanders engages hard truths about urban neighborhoods and provides a model for how to do ministry in difficult conditions.

Brown Church by Robert Chao Romero

Robert Chao Romero

The Latina/o culture and identity has long been shaped by its challenges to the religious, socio-economic, and political status quo. Robert Chao Romero explores the "Brown Church" and how this movement appeals to the vision for redemption that includes not only heavenly promises but also the transformation of our lives and the world.

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem by José Humphreys

José Humphreys

Church leaders need to show up, stay put, and see what God is doing in their midst. Pastor José Humphreys recognizes how deeply our faith is tied to our particular stories in our particular places. Combining spiritual formation with activism, vivid narrative with exhortation, and realism with hopefulness, Humphreys offers pastors and church planters a thoughtful look at discipleship in a complex world.

Rediscipling the White Church by David W. Swanson

David W. Swanson

Confronted by the deep-rooted racial injustice in our society, many white Christians instinctively scramble to add diversity to their churches and ministries. But is diversity really the answer to the widespread racial dysfunction we see in the church?

Welcoming Justice by Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins

Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins

We have seen progress in recent decades toward Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of beloved community. But this is not only because of the activism and sacrifice of a generation of civil rights leaders. It happened because God was on the move. Now updated to reflect on current social realities, this book reveals ongoing lessons for the continuing struggle for a just society. Come, discover your part in the beloved community. There is unfinished work still to do.

Church Forsaken by Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks

Raised on the south side of Chicago, Jonathan Brooks moved as far away as possible as soon as he could. But through unforeseen events he found himself not only back in Englewood but also serving as a pastor and community leader. In this book he challenges Christians to be fully present in their communities, helping local churches rediscover that loving our neighbors means loving our neighborhoods.

Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

Dominique DuBois Gilliard

The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Exploring the history and foundations of mass incarceration, Dominique Gilliard examines Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion, assessing justice in light of Scripture, and showing how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles.

The Power of Proximity by Michelle Ferrigno Warren

Michelle Ferrigno Warren
Michelle Ferrigno Warren

In an age of hashtag and armchair activism, merely raising awareness about injustice is not enough. Michelle Warren and her family have chosen to live in communities where they are "proximate to the pain of the poor." Here she shows us how proximity changes our perspective, compels our response, and keeps us committed to the journey of pursuing justice for all.

White Awake by Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill

You may be white, but don't think you have no culture. Charting his own journey toward understanding his white identity, Daniel Hill shows us the seven stages we encounter on the path to cultural awakening. This timely book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

Embrace by Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber

God's call to the church is to love not just those who are easy to love, but also those we would rather avoid or ignore. Leroy Barber, a leading voice in reconciliation and justice, provides a rousing exhortation to build relationships across barriers, offering practical advice on how to do so. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God's love.

The Next Worship by Sandra Maria Van Opstal

What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God? Innovative worship leader Sandra Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God's invitation for all peoples to praise him. When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice for every tribe and tongue.

Noel Castellanos

From the barrios of Texas and California to the leadership of the CCDA, Noel Castellanos has never seen the work of the cross separated from the needs of the neighborhood—except in the imaginations of too many Christians. Embrace a life-giving gospel that demonstrates compassion, confronts injustice and restores individuals and communities to wholeness.

Making Neighborhoods Whole by Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins

Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins

Civil rights leader John Perkins and CCDA president Wayne Gordon revisit the founding principles of the Christian Community Development Association, seeking to provide the terms for a new discussion around the emerging priorities of Christian community development today. Includes profiles of thriving urban ministries.