Hundreds of pastors, ministry leaders, practitioners, students, social workers, health care professionals and civic leaders came together in San Antonio this week to attend the Texas Christian Community Development Network’s (TxCCDN) annual conference, “No Need Among You.”
The three-day conference included English and Spanish workshops and speaking sessions aimed at training and educating leaders across Texas and surrounding states about community development in a Christian context, while general topics included humanitarian aid efforts at the border, solutions to urban and rural poverty in Texas, and the rise of homelessness in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
Albert Reyes, Buckner International president and CEO, was among the conference’s keynote speakers. His speech on Thursday presented a message of leadership and offered insight to achieve nonprofit success in the 21st century.
“It was a great honor to have the opportunity to share my experiences and thoughts with a new generation of Christian leaders who are working to create impactful change in our communities,” Reyes said. “In turn, I also learned a lot from my peers during the conference, and the relationships we forged left me re-energized with innovative ways to approach our service.”
Following his keynote speech, Reyes signed advance copies of his new book, “Hope Now: Peace, Healing and Justice When the Kingdom Comes,” which releases October 2019. The book is available to pre-order at AlbertLReyes.com.
The conference’s additional keynote speakers included Sister Norma Pimentel, Alan Graham, Jonathon Brooks and Dr. Lorena Garza Gonzalez.
Several of the conference’s workshops were led by Buckner experts, including Diego Silva, Gabriel Flores and Debora Pizzolo.
“I’m extremely proud of our team,” Reyes added. “Each day at Buckner they demonstrate their dedication to serving their respected communities, but their presentations in front of other leaders show their commitment to creating wide-spread change and collaboration with nonprofits and faith-based organizations across Texas.”
Based on God’s incarnational love through Jesus Christ, TxCCDN is called to bring healing and hope to dis-advantaged communities, neighborhoods and residents of the Lone Star State by connecting, educating, training and advocating for the poor and marginalized in Texas.