A City Movement

See yourself and your city in a radical way

City Summit is a movement that takes seriously the prophet’s call to seek the peace and prosperity of our city (Jer 29.7). City Summit asks the question, “What is God doing in our city and how can we join him?” Amidst the challenges that face each neighborhood in our city, we believe the residents have the answer to those challenges. What originally started as a conference to equip those engaged in Christian Community Development work has become a rallying point for a new generation to get engaged in God’s kingdom work in our city.

Tell

Gather together to tell one another the stories of God’s work in our city through the power of holistic transformation.

Envision

Invite a new generation of Christians in to the vision and history of God’s work in Fresno through Christian Community Development.

Glean

Encourage those that are currently engaged in urban ministry in Fresno and allow them a space to pass on their wisdom.

Network

Connect individuals and organizations together to expand capacity and create a new community of kingdom workers.

We believe

that the church is the hope for change in our city

God is in the process of making all things new (Rev 21:5) and he is using his church and his people to do it. City Summit is about telling a different story of Fresno; One of hope and one of promise. City Summit is primarily for people in their 20’s and 30’s who want to explore what it might look like for them to seek the transformation of their city but older leaders participate in City Summit too as mentors and partners in the process. Whether you are new to thinking about God’s heart for the city or have been in this work for a long time you will find something of interest that will ignite your vision and resource you for what God has for you. You will hear about models of empowering action in place now in our city rather than dependency-creating strategies based on charity or hand-outs.

City Summit 2014 will be the eighth year of City Summit. City Summit was inspired by the large Christian Community Development movement and national conference. Desiring to bring the same equipping and connecting opportunity to Fresno,  a group of leaders led by Phil Skei, Randy White, H. Spees and Artie Padilla got together to shape what was originally a training event for CCD leaders. As the vision continued to grow, emerging leaders were added to the conversation and the focus of City Summit began to shift towards equipping and mobilizing a younger generation.

Come be a part of a community that is looking for the Spirit of God to ignite people across the city to join with vulnerable people in under-resourced neighborhoods to build sustainable solutions together.

How do I get involved?

We hear people say often that they want to get involved, but they do not know how… that is why we created OnRamps. OnRamps are ways that you can get connected and involved with organizations that take seriously God’s call to see his Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). Below is a list of organizations we would recommend you check out and get connected to!

Care Fresno

While our goal remains the same, Care Fresno has entered a new era with a focus on Local Missions. Today, churches do not simply adopt a neighborhood, but we actually move Christian leaders into these communities and train them to serve their community with their whole lives.

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The Center for Community Transformation

The Center for Community Transformation is working toward God’s abundant community in the Central Valley. It exists to research concentrated poverty solutions, convene leaders around those solutions and train individuals, churches and agencies in community transformation. Volunteers can get involved by supporting any of its seven core initiatives, two of which include Financial Literacy Training for low income communities and GED completion. Volunteers with journalistic skills can write features on innovative ministries for its website and publications.

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Central Valley Justice Coalition

The Central Valley Justice Coalition’s mission is to empower the church and community to bring holistic and lasting change to those affected by human trafficking. The Coalition is a group of leaders from churches and organizations in the greater Fresno area who believe God has called the church to lead the way in fighting modern day slavery. We focus on prevention, mobilization, partnership and holistic care.

Phone: (559) 725-1865

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City Without Orphans

The Mission of City Without Orphans is to partner and equip churches, families and service providers to help all children in the Fresno County child welfare system be placed in a loving home. Functioning as the bridge in our community, we hold free workshops on foster care and adoption and speak on tangible needs for kids in care. We have helped churches with drives for items to donate to youth in foster care, educated and recruited for CASA, provided resources of support of foster/adoptive families within our community and are working on a mentorship program.

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Every Neighborhood Partnership

It is the mission of ENP to help churches holistically engage every neighborhood. THE GOAL: to see schools supported, students excel, healthy families, and a thriving community. Programs like Saturday Sports provide an opportunity to establish a presence in the community and get to know the children and their families.

Volunteers can also serve as as classroom tutors, host Community Meetings, Financial Workshops, Parenting, or English Classes. It’s all about the relationships and ENP believes that The Church has an amazing opportunity to love our neighbors and in the process make a difference in our city.

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FIFUL (Pink House & FUI)

InterVarsity’s Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership (or FIFUL) offers a variety of opportunities for young adults to get involved in urban ministry, grow as a leader, and be transformed! Options range from The Pink House, which is a 10 month program (August 2014 to June 2015), to Fresno Urban Internship, which is a 6 week program (June 26, 2014-Aug. 4th, 2014), where you will live in the downtown area, serve alongside agencies, explore issues of urban poverty, racial and economic injustice, immigration and the systems and structures of a city.

Phone: (559) 492-7889

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The HUB

The Hub is a 10 month training for students who want to go deeper in their faith; focusing on leadership development, biblical community and urban ministry. Residents relocate into an impoverished west Fresno neighborhood. Residents learn from experienced ministry and community development practitioners. Putting new knowledge into action, residents serve at various agencies and churches, getting hands-on experience in holistic urban ministry.

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The Micah Project

The Micah Project is a 10 month discipleship experience.  Participants live in community in the Micah Project apartments while exploring church and urban ministry, and growing in leadership development.

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No More Slumlords

No More Slumlords is an art and multimedia campaign working to challenge the status quo of the slumlord industry that has a grasp on our city. Through the use of videos, photos, print media and social media we are creating awareness about the issue and stirring people to action. Our goal is to bring an end to the slumlord industry in Fresno. This is a complex issue that has plagued Fresno for over forty years and needs to change. If you are interested, consider joining the fight.

Phone: (559) 512-0255

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More ways to get involved

Maybe you don’t want to fully commit to volunteering for an organization. We created Groups and Events for this reason. Groups are typically an intimate setting where you can learn about an issue before you start diving into solving the issue. Also, there is always the option of attending an event, which will give you a small taste of whatever you are passionate about.

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Groups

Finalized details are still coming, but new to 2014 we will be offering small groups that continue on the conversation from City Summit. Want to learn more about poverty, orphan care, creation care or God’s heart for the city hop into a OnRamps Group. Groups will be led by practionaries and people passionate about our city.
 
Artie Padilla – God’s Heart for the City
Nick Jones – Understanding Poverty 
Whitney Bunker – Orphan Care
Gragston’s – Creation Care

Events

There are plenty of events throughout the year that you can be a part of. Below are some featured events that we have coming up in the future. Also, check our calendar below for the current month’s events. 

John McKnight - Coming Back to Fresno – June 5-6, 2014 – More Info Coming
No Name Fellowship - May – More Info Coming 
CCDA - Raleigh, NC - September 24-27, 2014

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Events on April 3, 2014
  • Made for Them Orientation
    Starts:April 3, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Ends: April 3, 2014 - 8:30 pm
    Location: The Well Fig Campus - 4545 N Palm Ave, Fresno, CA
    Description: Dear Pastors and Faith Community Leaders:

    Many of you were on the Pastor's Tour we led last year with The Fresno Police Department VICE Unit and saw first hand the issues of trafficking in our community. This epidemic is not quarantined to just one zip code, this sin is happening all over. We believe the church and the people of God have the power and light to be able to penetrate that darkness.

    To remind you, human trafficking is the second largest criminal activity in the world today - and the fastest growing. MadeForThem is leading a new community based outreach ministry called Mercy Street. Mercy Street is in partnership with The Fresno Police Department VICE Unit and Pastor Anna with Beauty For Ashes to train and equip the church for street outreach.

    On Thursday, April 3 at The Well Community Church - Fig Campus, we will hold an orientation for you and the people of your congregation to learn more about the issue and the ways we can bring prevention and outreach to the streets of Fresno.

    We ask that you will partner with us in on of these ways:

    Encourage your congregation to get involved, get educated and be a part of the solution.
    Put the attached flyer in this Sunday bulletin and the Sunday's leading up to it.
    Have us come speak to your congregation and share for 7 minutes
    Show the "What Can the Church Do" video with your congregation and encourage them to attend the orientation. VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/6CqTduuo48k
    Thank you again for your commitment in the fight against human trafficking in our city! We CAN made a difference!

    On behalf of MadeForThem, The Fresno Police Department VICE Unit - Human Trafficking Division and Beauty For Ashes,




    Jenni Sickler

    MadeForThem
    P. 559.441.0327
    F. 559.478.0154
    info@madeforthem.org
    http://www.madeforthem.org

    We can make a difference! We must!
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Events on April 27, 2014
  • Mayor's Call to Prayer
    Starts:April 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm
    Ends: April 27, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Southpoint Church, East Tulare Street, Fresno, CA, United States
    Description: Pastors, Leaders, and Those with a Passion for Prayer,
    At the request of Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Councilmember Oliver Baines, I am inviting you to our next night of prayer and worship for our city.

    SouthPoint Church
    Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5-7pm
    5391 E Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93727
    Corner of Minnewawa and Tulare
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    If you have not already liked us on Facebook, please do so here: City Prayer
    Please be aware that this event is not an official City of Fresno event. The Mayor and Councilmember Baines desire to gather and pray with the community for breakthrough within our region. Their vision is to hold quarterly meetings at various locations throughout Fresno and to bring believers together from across denominational lines so that we can pray together for our city.

    Please join us for this time of unified prayer! All are welcome.

    The Mayor and Councilmember Baines believe this is a pivotal time in Fresno's history and are excited to partner with God and in what He is doing.

    We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Kathy McIlhargey
    The River Church and NDOP
    (559) 765-6184
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Be a Sponsor for 2015

City Summit’s target audience is 20-30 year old Christians that are looking to or are actively engaged in intentional outreach in our city. If this is who you are trying to reach we would love to partner with you! Our annual City Summit event attendance has ranged from 200-400 with a larger audience on Facebook, Twitter and the web. There are a variety of sponsorship levels to meet your budget. Below is a link to our form.

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Blog & Media

2013 Photos from City Summit

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At City Summit 2013, John Perkins was our main speaker. The theme was Racial Reconciliation, Leadership, and Christian Community Development. Click on the image to see all of the photos from 2013.

2013 City Summit Event Audio

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“The Most Segregated hour…” – Growing the Beloved Community in Racial Reconciliation - Beth Paz & May Tag Yang
Now that we have your attention! Join us as we scripturally explore God’s heart for reconciliation. Learn through compelling video clips, stories and group discussions. You’ll be challenged with three practical tools to better engage reconciliation in your community and churches. more

2012 City Summit Event Audio

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Main Sessions

Jonathan Brooks Main Session – Isaiah 65
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H. Spees – You Live in Fresno, but does Fresno Live in You?
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Contact

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