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 & Spring 2020

Special Webinar with the Chalmers Center

January 22, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PDT
Brian Fikkert, President, Chalmers Center

The webinar will begin with a 15-minute walk-through of the Chalmers Center online learning platform, which CCRDA members can now access with a special access code. The platform takes the great ideas found in their best-selling books like When Helping Hurts and translates them into video-based training for your staff, volunteers, organization and partner churches.

The webinar will continue with 30-45 minutes of Q&A with Brian Fikkert, author of When Helping Hurts and Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty is Not the American Dream. Do you have burning questions for Brian about brokenness and poverty and how the good news of the Kingdom of God reshapes our lives and our poverty alleviation ministries?

Better Together
February 19, 2020 at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PDT
Danielle Strickland, Author & Speaker

Is it possible in the aftermath of #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements for men and women to actually find hope and healing and create a better world—together?

We are at a strategic cultural intersection with relationships between women and men eroding. While it is good for women to expose their pain, abuse, and experiences of gender inequity and oppression, what often follows is a never-ending cycle of blame, accusations, denial, avoidance, and ultimately devastation for everyone involved.

Better Together is a beacon of hope in this challenging storm. In this webinar, Danielle Strickland will offer practical steps toward a real and workable solution that include two things needed for change: a vision of a better world and an understanding of oppression.

Understanding how oppression works, whether it relates to gender, race, socioeconomic status, or religion, is an important part of undoing it. Let Danielle inspire you to believe that change is possible and equip you with ideas and strategies that will compel you to action.

Traveling with Youth on International Trips
March 18, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PDT
Melodie Bissell, President of Plan to Protect

In this webinar Melodie Bissell, President of Plan to Protect, will share with us the latest best practices on demonstrating our duty of care and reducing the risk of injury, harm and abuse when traveling with youth internationally. From recent case studies, Melodie will also share learnings on how to communicate and motivate youth to act responsibly on trips. 

Your Cross-Cultural Backpack
April 15, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PDT
Hazel Mayhew, Counselor at Beracah Counselling

What’s in your cross-cultural workers’ ‘backpacks'? Join this webinar to help them pack for emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Disaster and Emergency Response: A Canadian Model
May 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PDT
Alain Normand, ADRA & City of Brampton

Canadian NGOs active in disaster and emergency response have come together to create networks of agencies. These organizations work with governments to provide a panoply of services to disaster survivors in a full collaborative approach. Join this webinar to learn how you can incorporate facets of the Canadian model in your international response.

Sabbath Economics in Scripture and Church-Based Development Work
June 17, 2020 at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PDT
Ched Myers, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries & Author

"We read the Bible as if we don’t have money, and use money as if there was no Bible” laments Jesuit theologian John Haughey.  This webinar will overview the remarkable vision of economic sustainability and equity in both testaments, and discuss how we can metabolize it into our justice and development work in a world of profound disparities.




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:

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.