Canadian Christian Relief & Development Association


At CCRDA, we believe it is important to learn from each other regularly as we are community of Christ-centred organizations who desire to share skills, knowledge and support one another. In order to facilitate this mutual learning relationship, in May 2017, we introduced our first series of monthly webinars which feature one of our members or an expert in a relevant field on a topic of their expertise. All our webinars are FREE for members and cost $15 for non-members. Click here to register.



Winter 2022

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Decolonization in a Biblical Context: 2 PARTS IN FEBRUARY

The last couple years has seen an insurgence in discussions related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization, but how do these ideas align with the biblical concepts of shalom and justice?

We invited Bernadette Arthur to help us explore some of these questions in October, and we heard from you that you want more – particularly digging further into the Bible for context for, and approaches to, this type of work in our organizations.

Based on your feedback, we are building on our time with Bernadette in October when she helped us define various terms to bring you parts 2 & 3 in February.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Decolonization in a Biblical Context: PART 2
February 15, 2022 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Bernadette Arthur, Co-Culture Collective 

On February 15, part 2 will further explore where we find the Biblical context for the importance of diving into equity, diversity and inclusion work. A foundational concept in the world of equity, diversity and inclusion is that there's a connection and relationship between the events and outcomes that occur in a person's life and the events that occur in a society (historical and contemporary). These events and outcomes are primarily viewed through the lens of power. In this workshop we will explore whether there's biblical precedence for understanding injustice and inequity through this conceptual lens.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Decolonization in a Biblical Context: PART 3
February 22, 2022 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Bernadette Arthur, Co-Culture Collective 

On February 22, part 3 will look at a few biblical approaches to addressing injustice and inequity and uncover principles and practices that can inform our work in relief and development organizations.

Brand Reveal and Member Portal Launch
March 1 2022 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST

More details to come.

Designing Reports that People will Want to Read
March 2, 2022 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Antoinette Burrell, Burrell Creative

Making an impact is more than just the words in your report, it’s also the visuals. Captivating graphics help you tell your story and inspire action!

Powerful reports and presentations elevate your brand and increase your credibility as an organization. The result is a loyal following of clients and partners that will be lining up to work with you!

Join us for an enlightening session on how to incorporate design elements to existing summary reports and research reports to position yourself as an authority in your field, and create meaningful connections with your audience.

During this seminar, attendees will learn how to:

  • Capture attention with a dramatic cover page
  • Incorporate branded elements that are modern and professional
  • Structure a visually appealing layout
  • Encourage your audience to continue reading
  • Connect with people on an emotional level so they can know, like and trust you


How to Craft Money-Raising Fundraising Offers That Open Hearts and Wallets
April 5, 2022 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST
Mike Duerksen, BuildGood

A great fundraising offer is the most powerful tool you have to improve your fundraising—from direct mail appeals and fundraising emails to newsletters, monthly giving campaigns and major donor asks. Yet many organizations struggle to create compelling offers that move donors to action.

The good news is, improving your fundraising offers is simply about changing the words you use. And changing the words you use is costs you nothing. That's why you can't miss this free training all about crafting the right message in your fundraising to lead more donors toward greater generosity.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • What fundraising offers are and how they work
  • How to craft great fundraising offers to help your organization raise more money
  • The key elements of successful offers
  • How to raise more money by asking for the right amounts from the right people
  • How to ethically convey urgency in your fundraising offer
  • How to raise undesignated funds with your fundraising offers
  • How to bring along internal experts and technicians who don't like fundraising offers
  • Offers for major donors and proposals


These webinars are FREE for members and $15 for non-members.

To sign up for a webinar, please click here.

Click here to access the "members only" gallery of archived webinars including:

Good Governance Panel facilitated by Phil Reilly

From Silos to Systems Thinking with Chris Bosch, Chisel Consulting

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Decolonization in a Biblical Context with Bernadette Arthur, Co-Culture Collective

Improving the Stories we Tell with Paul Bettings, Consultant

Healthy Leaders: What are they really and how can I be one? with Chris Wignall, The Catalyst Foundation

Leaders Kryptonite: How insecurity undermines leadership and how to overcome it with Chris Wignall, The Catalyst Foundation

Healthy Organizations: What are they really and how can we be one? with Chris Wignall, The Catalyst Foundation

At-Risk Child and Youth Migration in West Africa: Highlighting human rights among vulnerable populations with Rebekah Ledlie, Tyndale University Student

Post Pandemic Hiring Trends for Charities and how to Retain A-Players with Mark Kraft, Nelson/Kraft

Chart a New Course Forward: Chalmers Center Online Training Library with Justin Lonas, The Leadership Studio

Creating Environments in which Both Men and Women can Thrive with Ellen Duffield, The Leadership Studio

Flourishing and the Spiritual Discipline of Health with Stan Wiens, The Health Project

An Introduction to Spiritual First Aid with Kent Annan and Jamie Aten, Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Leading M&E Teams Remotely: A Conversation on Leadership, Coaching, Collaboration & Tools with Tracey DeGraaf, Transformis Consultants

For the Love of Creation with Beth Lorimer, KAIROS

Prepared for Change:Strengthening your organizational strategy with theory of change with Elaine Stavnitzky, Consultant

Faith-Based Organizations and Official Development Assistance: Why how much the government gives matters with Erika Richter, Cooperation Canada

Strategic Planning for COVID Times: 3 Easy and Practical Exercises to do with your Staff with Chris Bosch, Chisel Consulting

Improving Team Relationships and Culture with Dave Blundell, Fullwell Leadership

Sabbath Economics under the Shadow of Pandemics with Ched Meyers, Bartimeaus Cooperative Ministries

Disaster and Emergency Response: A Canadian Model with Alain Normand, City of Brampton/ADRA

Journey into the Unknown with Hazel Mayhew, Beracah Counseling

Traveling with Youth on International Trips with Melodie Bissell, Plan to Protect

Better Together with Danielle Strickland, International Speaker & Author

Growing Organizational Influence with Phil Tanner, Consultant

Special Webinar with the Chalmers Center and Brian Fikkert, Chalmers Center

Rooting for Rivals with Chris Horst, HOPE International

Development and the Environment: Incorporating the Environment in our Work with Jennifer Fernandes, Consultant

Strategies to Improve your Digital Fundraising Campaign with Graeme Watt, Anthem Creative

Why the Opposite of Poverty is Not the American Dream with Brian Fikkert, Chalmers Center

Developing Rhythms for Greater Health & Impact with Steve Brown, President of Arrow Leadership

International Disaster Response Training with the Foundation for Humanitarian Cooperation International

Innovating for Impact: Building and Prioritizing Innovation in Canada's Global Development and Humanitarian Community with Nicolas Moyer, President/CEO of CCIC

Achieving a High Standard of Protection Among Relief and Development Initiatives: Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults with Melodie Bissell, CEO of Plan to Protect

He Said, She Said: What's so Important about Using a Gender Lens in our Work? with Elaine Stavnitzky, Independent Consultant

The Role of Faith in International Development with Dr. Amy Kaler, Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate Programmes) at the University of Alberta

Ending Poverty Together: A New Collaborative Resource with Shelaine Strom, Manager of Education and Professional Development at Food for the Hungry Canada

Trauma Care in International Development with Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, Director of World Renew Canada

Communicating Development in Canada: Learning from Data with Marie-Eve Marchand, CCIC Campaign Manager

Gender Analysis: CCRDA Member Skill-Sharing Call with Diana Opollo and Karoline Davis

Measuring Transformation with Youth Unlimited GTA

Project Management with James Metcalf

CRA Compliance with Jeff Hogan

Core Humanitarian Standards with Jacqueline Koster

Emerging Legal Trends: Why Christian Charities Must Pay Attention with Barry Bussey

Using LinkedIn to Create a Presence on Social Media with Christiane St.Amour.