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 2015 will be the 9th 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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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.

Be a Sponsor

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  • Blight to Light Community Action Meeting
    Starts:April 27, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2015 - 1:00 am
    Location: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2529 East Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726, United States
    Description: Save the Date and please try to attend! Blight to Light Community Action Meeting, Monday, April 27, 6-8:00pm at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2529 E. Belmont Ave.. The City of Fresno will soon be considering a new ordinance in response to the blighted and substandard rental property crisis. Join us as we ask the Mayor and city officials to commit to strong action that will ensure safe and healthy living conditions for ALL in Fresno. Sponsored by Fresno BHC, Faith In Community (FIC), Humanics Program/CSUF, Tenants Together, Lowell Neighborhood Association, Lowell Community Development Corporation, No More Slumlords, numerous churches and faith based organizations. #onehealthyfresno
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  • Blight to Light Community Action Meeting
    Starts:April 27, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Ends: April 28, 2015 - 1:00 am
    Location: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2529 East Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726, United States
    Description: Save the Date and please try to attend! Blight to Light Community Action Meeting, Monday, April 27, 6-8:00pm at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2529 E. Belmont Ave.. The City of Fresno will soon be considering a new ordinance in response to the blighted and substandard rental property crisis. Join us as we ask the Mayor and city officials to commit to strong action that will ensure safe and healthy living conditions for ALL in Fresno. Sponsored by Fresno BHC, Faith In Community (FIC), Humanics Program/CSUF, Tenants Together, Lowell Neighborhood Association, Lowell Community Development Corporation, No More Slumlords, numerous churches and faith based organizations. #onehealthyfresno
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  • Business/Social Enterprise as an Agent of Change
    Starts:April 30, 2015 - 12:30 pm
    Ends: April 30, 2015 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Northwest Church - 5415 N. West Ave. Fresno , CA
    Description: Register Online: https://the-work-of-our-hands-summit-series-2015.eventbrite.com

    Cost: Indivdual $35, Two or more $25. Includes lunch.

    Who should Come:
    Business and professional people and business students who wish something could be done to create a flourishing community, and who suspect that we must go beyond charity to achieve it.
    Pastoral teams and non-profit executives and staff who want to see concrete examples of faith institutions
    addressing poverty through social enterprise, and the amazing outcomes that are happening.
    What you'll get:
    One of the most knowledgeable trainers on social entrepreneurship in the nation.
    New workshops to help your institution appraise if this strategy is appropriate
    Connections to churches and organizations who have planted social businesses
    Legal considerations
    Actual models and their nuts and bolts
    Connections to others who care about business solutions to poverty
    Innovative ideas for social entrepreneurship
    Practical workshops that equip people of faith to bring their unique resources to the table
    Examples of local churches and CBOs using business to solve social problems
    Featuring Ivan Gonzalez,
    nationally known social entrepreneur and trainer.

    Ivan is a gifted social entrepreneur, committed for more than 25 years to equipping leaders who want to make a difference in their community. He has worked with start-ups and mid-size enterprises to successfully develop new economy, socially impactful businesses which focus on multiple bottom lines.
    Ivan currently serves the Christian Community Development Association as their business coordinator, and directs strategic partnerships for the Stewarts Market, which helps catalyze social enterprises in the city of Chicago.
 

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