Seeing Neighboring in New Ways: Radius Thinking Where You Live, Work, and Play
Jason Spencer & Dave Obwald
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
At City Summit 2014, Soong-Chan Rah was our main speaker. The theme was Imago Dei: Seeing in New Ways. Click on the image to see all of the photos from 2014.
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.
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