It is with a heart full of passion that I make an ask of all people interested in the welfare of Memphis to prayerfully consider an opportunity…attend the Christian Community Development (CCDA) Conference November 11-14, 2015 here in Memphis.
It was 1991 (24 years ago) that I stumbled across a meeting of CCDA in my home town of Minneapolis, MN. My life has never been the same since. Dr. John Perkins and Coach Wayne Gordon laid out a philosophy and plan of impacting our urban centers that inspired me and changed the direction of my life. God had been speaking to me about His Kingdom and being involved in mission work. Then when I heard the stories, the passion, the lives being impacted in a holistic way, I knew that this is what God was calling me to do.
It lead to my involvement in an inner-city church in Minneapolis, where I met my beautiful bride (Karey). We served there for several years in their youth and community outreach areas. Karey also started a Christian debt consolidation and budget counseling ministry across the street from the church. Later God called us into ministry with the Billy Graham Crusades where she was the assistant to the director and I had the privilege of serving in the areas of urban outreach, prison crusades and stadium arrangements. During this time I got my MBA in Business Management, because I felt drawn to ministry that holistically helped people (including economically).
All the while, I was a member of CCDA, attended their conferences, read their books and prayed that someday I would be able to work in a ministry that embodied these principles. After a decade with the Billy Graham Association, I was looking on the CCDA website and came across the job posting for Hope Church’s urban community organization, Oasis of Hope. It was a great fit for the passion I felt! God coordinated that hire; and my family and I have now been involved in urban ministry here in Memphis for more than a decade.
Of course, none of our lives take the same turns, and God calls us all to the unique plan He has for each of us. But as a Christian living in Memphis TN, I urge you to consider attending this phenomenal conference that will, in all likelihood, NEVER be in Memphis again. The opportunity is NOW, please don’t miss out on what special message God may have for you at this time in your life. Inquire about more information or register to attend by emailing Crystal. Cost through us is $209. A small amount of partial scholarships are available.
Please consider joining us at this historic event here in Memphis!
Terry Hoff, Oasis of Hope Executive Director