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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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


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

October  2014
  • Launch of Learning to Know & Love Your City
    Starts:October 8, 2014 - 9:30 pm
    Ends: October 8, 2014 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93721, United States
    Description: Learning to Know & Love Your City

    No Name Fellowship is a movement of Christian business leaders, pastors and community based organizations that care about the city of Fresno and what God is doing in it and through it.

    No Name is launching a series called, “Learning to Know and Love Our City.” On October 8th, No Name will gather as a church body to celebrate the richness and assets of the city as a symbolic commissioning for No Name’s two-year series. No Name Fellowship has committed to gathering the Church body to know Fresno more deeply by exploring the topics of economics, health, neighborhoods, public safety, education, religious DNA, and the unheard voices of our city. Join No Name for the commencement of this powerful series as they lay the Biblical Foundation for God’s heart for the city and hear from passionate individuals as to how Fresno is impacting their lives, and what they are doing to impact Fresno.

    REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launching-event-learning-to-know-and-love-your-city-tickets-13080627509?aff=eac2


    Beth Paz
    Mayor Ashley Swearengin
    Pastor DJ Criner
    Artie Padilla
    Chief Jerry Dyer


    5:30-6:00 Appetizers and Networking
    6:00-7:00 Program
    7:15-8:00 Fresno Historical video at Peeves


    City Hall, Council of Chambers

    **Parking around City Hall will be free, the meters will not be enforced.


    Our prayer is that if our Church learns more about Fresno, then it will learn to love our city more, thus having a desire to care for our city in a more impactful way.

    For more information about No Name Fellowship Visit http://www.nonamefellowship.com.
    Starts:October 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 18, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: 801 S Minnewawa Ave, Fresno, CA 93727, USA
    Description: MadeForThem is hosting the third annual ARTofFREEDOM Fresno. The community is invited to attend and support a worthwhile cause while enjoying a lovely morning and hands-on art experience.

    Art of Freedom

    The Art of Freedom event is a fundraiser for MadeForThem which raises awareness and financial resources to combat human trafficking and provides direct services to survivors in the Central Valley.

    Each person will receive a blank canvas and will leave with a masterpiece all their own. This year the event will again feature Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and guests will be led by local expert, Vicki Shoemaker of 3 Oaks Studio. The event will be hosted by local news anchor Liz Harrison of ABC30 Action News and guests will hear from a survivor of human trafficking and from MadeForThem's founder Andrea Shabaglian.

    The event will include a gluten-free menu, vintage-finds store, raffle, silent auction and the MadeForThem Pop-up store - it truly is a fundraising experience like no other!

    Tickets can be purchased online at madeforthem.org/artoffreedom-fresno or at 3 Oaks Studio in downtown Clovis.

    Create art. Create change.

    October 18, 2014
    10 am - 2 pm
    $65 , $75 after October 5th
    Reserved Tables of 10 are $850
  • Mayor's Night of Prayer
    Starts:October 26, 2014 - 9:00 pm
    Ends: October 26, 2014 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Fresno First Baptist
    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.

    Fresno First Baptist Church

    Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, 5-7pm

    1400 E. Saginaw, Fresno, CA 93704

    Near Blackstone and Dakota

    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 Kathy McIlhargey - (559) 765--‐6184

    If you have not already liked us on Facebook, please do so on our City Prayer page.

    Paul Swearengin, Sr Leader

    River Ministries/The River Church of Fresno

    4450 N. Brawley Ave. #111

    Fresno, CA 93711

    559.492.7011 - Office

    Facebook - River Church of Fresno

    Twitter - Riverfresnopaul


Blog & Media

2013 Photos from City Summit


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


“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


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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