Church-based Community Development is about learning how to practice being a church that partners with the community. Churches are called to address the wholistic needs of people both inside and outside of church walls and to work toward individual and systemic transformation that results in a thriving community for all residents.
Youth empowerment is a central component of Link CCD. Nurturing the needs of a whole young person (spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual), building bridges across divides in our community, and introducing relationships and skills to encourage lives of service, employment, faith, and leadership among youth are central to Link CCD.
Youth Art Team and Try Pie are two youth development partners steeped in CCD principles. Both programs were incubated out of Link CCD, both have grown well beyond the neighborhood, and both are taking flight into their own nonprofit status in our community. We believe in the strength of connecting relationships, gifts, and learning, and so we look forward to continued partnership with these amazing friends!
Laura Hoy is a visionary, catalyst, communicator, and networker within Link Christian Community Development. Living in the Walnut Neighborhood and employed through Orchard Hill Church, Laura works to develop and strengthen the Link network so that this network of friends and organizations might develop focused strategies together for life and neighborhood transformation.
Laura was trained and certified in the philosophy of Christian Community Development in 2011 by CCDA. She continues to learn from and speak publicly about this approach to community engagement and transformation.