In 2007, God began to cultivate some friendships and direct these friends together toward a philosophy of ministry called Christian Community Development.
A church partnership between Harvest Vineyard Church, Waterloo, and Orchard Hill Church, Cedar Falls, grew from those friendships, and together, a network formed that would focus and strategize for development with the community surrounding Harvest Vineyard, primarily the Walnut Neighborhood of Waterloo, Iowa. Link leadership continues to be trained, inspired, and connected through the wider network of the Christian Community Development Association.
Link Christian Community Development is a 501c3 birthed in 2013 from that church partnership and the support of the Walnut Neighborhood Association (WNA). The network has since grown into many dynamic partnerships that are focusing and strategizing together for the flourishing of all involved.
Partners are based out of the Walnut Neighborhood, but not bound by it. For example, Try Pie and Youth Art Team originally birthed out of work done through Link and the neighborhood, but these initiatives have now grown into their own partner organizations that serve and partner across the broader Cedar Valley.
Christian Community Development, or CCD, is a philosophy of ministry with a Biblical base of the following 8 key components: relocation (or incarnational presence), reconciliation, redistribution, church-based, listening to the community, indigenous leadership, empowerment, and wholistic development.
Christian Community Development Association, or CCDA, has been an invaluable national vehicle of training, connection, and inspiration for Link and its CCD approach to neighborhood revitalization and development.
Link CCD will continue to listen, learn, and network through CCDA and will engage in CCDA’s mission to inspire, train, and connect persons who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God as they work together toward the restoration of community. In January 2019, Link CCD was involved in the creation of a regional CCDA network called Eastern Iowa CCDA in order to train, inspire, and connect Eastern Iowans in this work.