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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  • Freedom Sunday Training
    Starts:January 6, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Ends: January 6, 2015 - 6:00 pm
    Location: First Baptist Church, 1400 E Saginaw, Fresno, CA 93704, United States
    Description: Hello from the Central Valley Justice Coalition!

    Are you looking for something you can DO to make a difference for those who are affected by human trafficking? CVJC invites you to plan NOW to attend one of our Freedom Sunday Trainings, coming early in 2015 on Tuesday, January 6th (12p-1p) OR Thursday, January 8th (7p-8p). See the attached flyer for all the details! RSVP by replying to this email.

    NOTE: Please RSVP by next Thursday, Dec 18th if you'd like to purchase lunch for the January 6th training for $10. (You may also bring your lunch.)

    Freedom Sunday is facilitated by CVJC in the Central Valley and observed on February 1, 2015. It's a day for the faith community to focus on worship, prayer and action in response to modern day slavery. Learn more and find resources on our website!

    By attending a training, you will:
    Be equipped to creatively present for 5 minutes about human trafficking in the Central Valley

    Learn ways to PRAY, GIVE and ACT on behalf of those enslaved - and access resources so you can teach others!

    Be updated on the Coalition's work in the community and network with like-minded people
    Hope to see you there! Remember to RSVP By Dec 18th!

    Jessica Pittman, Co-Director
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  • Freedom Sunday Training
    Starts:January 9, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Ends: January 9, 2015 - 1:00 am
    Location: First Baptist Church, 1400 E Saginaw, Fresno, CA 93704, United States
    Description: Hello from the Central Valley Justice Coalition!

    Are you looking for something you can DO to make a difference for those who are affected by human trafficking? CVJC invites you to plan NOW to attend one of our Freedom Sunday Trainings, coming early in 2015 on Tuesday, January 6th (12p-1p) OR Thursday, January 8th (7p-8p). See the attached flyer for all the details! RSVP by replying to this email.

    NOTE: Please RSVP by next Thursday, Dec 18th if you'd like to purchase lunch for the January 6th training for $10. (You may also bring your lunch.)

    Freedom Sunday is facilitated by CVJC in the Central Valley and observed on February 1, 2015. It's a day for the faith community to focus on worship, prayer and action in response to modern day slavery. Learn more and find resources on our website!

    By attending a training, you will:
    Be equipped to creatively present for 5 minutes about human trafficking in the Central Valley

    Learn ways to PRAY, GIVE and ACT on behalf of those enslaved - and access resources so you can teach others!

    Be updated on the Coalition's work in the community and network with like-minded people
    Hope to see you there! Remember to RSVP By Dec 18th!

    Jessica Pittman, Co-Director
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  • Human Trafficking Awareness Event
    Starts:January 25, 2015 - 11:00 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2015 - 2:00 am
    Location: Peoples Church, 7172 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720, United States
    Description: As you may already be aware, January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On Sunday, January 25th, MadeForThem along with Mollie's House will be showing a FREE screening of a documentary on sex trafficking in america. The film was directed and narrated by Natalie Grant and highlights 6 organizations who are have safe houses across the nation. The event is hosted by People's Church @ 6pm.

    After, the film we will have a panel discussion and open Q&A with local experts, and personal testimonies. We will share opportunities for you to engage your congregation as a whole, or small groups. This is an epidemic that is in our community and the church must have a voice in it. Detective Fries, who sits on our board said there is anywhere from 300-500 girls available for sex for sale on any given night.

    Please join with us. We CAN make a difference, but know that the greatest impact comes through the power of the unity of the church.

    Here is a video trailer you may show your congregation and an attached flyer you may distribute. Please let us know if you have any questions. We would also like to know if you are promoting this event, and in what capacity so we can plan accordingly.

    Trailer:
    Viewers Reactions Trailer: http://vimeo.com/99496191



    There will be multiple opportunities for community involvement, but the In Plain Sight Team has also created a 31 Dy Devotional and Study Guide.

    Designed to accompany the IN PLAIN SIGHT documentary on sex trafficking in the United States and IN PLAIN SIGHT music album, this 31 Day Devotional and Group Study Guide will help you understand and embrace God’s heart for the vulnerable and broken in our world. Although the workbook can be used simply as a personal devotional, it is designed for a group to use as a five-week study. (Foreword by Natalie Grant)

    Starting with the viewing of the documentary at a public screening or as a group, each of the five group study guides are followed up with daily devotions.

    Link to book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193579809X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=193579809X&linkCode=as2&tag=davidtrotter-20&linkId=HSOTTLL37MBIF444

    Our Justice Partner Church Relations Volunteer Andi Goetz is Cc'd. Please Contact her with any questions regarding becoming a Justice Partner.
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  • Health Disparities of Fresno: No Name Fellowship
    Starts:January 26, 2015 - 4:45 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2015 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Fresno Unified Nutrition Center, 4480 North Brawley Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722, United States
    Description: fresnohealthdisparities.eventbrite.com

    We continue or 2 year series we have launched on Knowing and Loving Your City with January's luncheon on Health Disparities in Fresno. What can you expect?
    Join us as we learn a little more about the health disparities that we have from our various zip codes with our own city. We will also get some snapshots of what some of our churches are doing to address these issues.

    Main speaker: Sara Boss, Manager, Office of Policy, Planning and Communication Fresno County Department of Public Health

    Facility Tour: Anyone wishing to see the facility where most of the meals for the FUSD schools are prepared can do so at the end of the gathering.

    Cost: $7 (School district box lunch will be provided)
    Be part of Fresno’s renaissance and connect your ministry to the story God is writing here!

    LOCATION
    Fresno Unified Nutrition Center
    14873 N. Abby, Fresno ,CA, 93728

    LUNCH
    Fresno Unified Nutrition Center
    Fresno Unified School Lunch

    DRIVING DIRECTIONS
    From North Fresno take 41 South / Take Shaw and head East / Turn Left (South) onto North Brawley / Building is on your left hand side (4480 N Brawley Ave).

    QUESTIONS
    If you have any questions email nonamefellowship@gmail.com.
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Blog & Media

In Anticipation of City Summit 2015

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Fresno City Summit is closing in on the 2015 conference. We expect to be challenged and inspired. We’ve been planning and praying! As a part of the 2015 summit, we’ve added this blog.

We will be posting blogs regularly as we approach the summit on March 20-21. Various ministries, organizations and people will be highlighted at the summit and on the blog. Visit regularly to get a sneak peek of the summit and read about many of the amazing people that are working for the peace and prosperity of Fresno.

Coming in the following weeks are several viewpoints on Kepler Neighborhood School. Valerie Blackburn, Sheila Skibbie and Jessica Mast share their hearts and experiences as this 2nd year charter school has already outgrown their space at Cornerstone Church in downtown Fresno.

2014 City Summit Event Audio

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Seeing Neighboring in New Ways: Radius Thinking Where You Live, Work, and Play
Jason Spencer & Dave Obwald

 
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2014 City Summit Photos

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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.

Contact

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