I AM making all things new

 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I AM making all things new.”

Revelation 21:2-5 RSV

Prepare yourself


In a world rife with international terrorism, a nation with racial tension, and a city with concentrated poverty, it is easy to wonder if there is hope. The scriptures remind us that Jesus has launched his Kingdom. His Kingdom has begun, but is not fully yet realized. Jesus is in the process of making all things new.

Jesus invites us, his followers, to make the Kingdom known through our proclamation and our deeds. As we enter Fresno City Summit 2016 we want to celebrate the glimpses of newness we see and dream about what areas he would call us to make new.

We desire to see people come to know the Jesus who cares about safe housing, healing racial tensions, transforming church silos into a collaborative force, repairing a broken immigration system, creative solutions to unemployment, and a host of other possibilities.



Bob Lupton
President and Founder of Focused Community Strategies

Bob Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. Bob and his family sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Bob is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS Urban Ministries – a non-profit organization which he founded – he has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He is the author of six books including the best-selling Toxic Charity. Bob has a PhD. in psychology from the University of Georgia. He serves as a speaker, strategist and inspirer with those who seek God’s Shalom in the city.


Alexia Salvatierra
Pastor and Founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing Network

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy.

To learn more about Alexia, visit her website.

Breakout Sessions

Learn from those who have gone before you

Breakouts are an opportunity for you to dive deep into an area of interest or passion with a local expert. There are breakouts around the topics of art, Christian Community Development, Education, Social Issues, Economic Development, Housing, Reconciliation, Soul Care and Youth and Children.



Session 1


Session 2

This breakout will explore the steps needed to move a church into holistic mission. We will cover both the biblical foundations and practical experiences of churches that have made this transformation. Level 200 – Focus: Wholistic Approach, Empowerment, Church-Based

Alexia Salvatierra, Pastor and Founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing Network
Twitter: @FaithRootedOrg

A charity approach to alleviating the concentrated poverty of our valley is often the default position for faith institutions, and it comes from a good heart. But what if the track record for sustainable results is poor? Are there other options? We will share some exciting examples of a social enterprise approach to poverty alleviation that is changing lives and creating opportunities for people. These solutions are sustainable and use the talents and resources in our midst.
Level 200 – Focus: Empowerment

Randy White, D. Min. Executive Director, FPU Center for Community Transformation
Twitter: @CCT4aNewCity

From Chris Tomlin to Kirk Franklin. Jesus Culture to Joann Rosario. Fred Hammond to Freddy Rodriguez. Hymns to Hillsong. Through honest conversation and hands-on demonstrations, this breakout session will explore an intentional approach to leading worship through Music & Creative Arts (MCA) in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural settings in this “Contemporancient” generation. 
Level 200 – Focus: Reconciliation, Listening to Community, Church-Based

Rici Skei, Executive Pastor

Vanessa Cantu, Worship Leader

As someone who seeks to serve and minister to others, do you ever feel tired, burned out, or over-burdened? Do you ever struggle with maintaining your own boundaries or get caught in a cycle of meeting other’s needs at the neglect of your own? Do you ever feel discouraged or disheartened as you’re exposed to the brokenness around you? Join us for a discussion around how to care for our bodies, minds and souls while in the trenches of ministry. 
100 Level – Focus: Wholistic Approach 
Lauren Dolarian, Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern   

Would you like to hear some testimonies and stories of refugees that live right here in Fresno? Would you like to learn more about God’s heart for refugees? Are interested in engaging in ministry with this unique community? You will learn from the stories of two refugee journeys from Laos to the United States and incredible testimonies of how they met Jesus. You will also learn the story of the Executive Director’s journey from knowing nothing about what was happening with refugees in Fresno and the world to passionately serving this community each and every day. You will also take a look at the Biblical perspective of how we, as followers of Jesus, should engage in the debate around the Syrian refugee crisis and why it matters!
Level 200 – Focus: Reconciliation, Listening to Community

Zachary Darrah, Executive Director, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM)
Facebook: fresnorefugeeministries

This breakout will expand upon Bob’s popular book ‘Toxic Charity’. Bob will talk about the shocking effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. This breakout will give you proven new models to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve.
Level 100 – Focus: Empowerment, Listening to Community

Bob Lupton
Twitter: @FCSLupton

An interactive exercise exploring how the U.S. immigration system works, its many complications, and why it is often considered unjust.
Level 100 – Focus: Church-Based, Wholistic Approach

Jose E. Chavez, Parent Engagement Coordinator at Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP)
Twitter: @centralcachavez

Andrew Feil, Associate Director at ENP
Twitter: @andrewsfeil

A good foundation is critical for sustaining hard work. In this workshop we’ll creatively explore the 8 core principles that make up the movement of Christian Community Development (CCD). You will learn the lingo of CCD and relate these principles to Scripture. Even if you’re not new to CCD work, you just might be reminded of a core component that needs strengthening in your current ministry! Come ready to be inspired by local examples from practitioners in Fresno.
Level 100 – Focus: All Concepts

Ivan Paz – Pink House Co-Director, 701:United Founder

Beth Paz – Director of Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership (FIFUL)

Focus will be on renewing the ties between mental health and the church, responding to the call to holistically care for people with mental illness. Goals for the session include obtaining a beginning awareness and understanding of how the church should be practically caring for those with mental illness.
Level 100 – Wholistic Approach

Valerie Elwell, MFT Registered Intern

Candice Wagenleitner

Sometimes the people who sincerely want to help the poor end up having bad experience or poor outcomes due to hidden rules of economic class. Participants will learn about the difference between being poor and being in poverty, the resources needed to leave poverty and the hidden rules of class that are the barriers to forming healthy and effective relationships and ministries across social classes.
Level 200 – Focus: Reconciliation, Redistribution, Listening to Community, Empowerment   
Nick Jones – Executive Director of Care Fresno
Facebook: CareFresno.org

So many programs focus on communities’ needs. This workshop will introduce an asset based approach and help you customize Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) tools for your neighborhood.
Level 200 – Focus: Wholistic Approach, Empowerment

Monika Grasley, Executive Director
Facebook: LifeLineCDC

Faith-based Youth-led Advocacy is an effort to involve youth and young adults in the process of making healthy communities and create sustainable change. Using a youth development model, United Faith Christian Fellowship partnered with Youth Leadership Institute to launch the SouthEast Neighborhood Transformation Team in 2012 due to a violent incident. Through grassroots efforts, youth decided to target the issue of liquor outlet inundation and saturation of negative advertising. This workshop will demonstrate their methodology, action planning and partnerships.
Level 200 – Focus: Leadership Development, Empowerment

Yammilette Rodriguez, Senior Director, Youth Leadership Institute
Facebook: Yammilette.Rodriguez

South East Neighborhood Transformation Team (SENT) Ally
Facebook: Sentfresno

It has been said, “Hope shows up when the church shows up.” But is this true? For many, church has been a powerful experience for us personally but it has had little impact on its surrounding community. The pastors in this workshop are leading “parish model” churches that are changing their neighborhoods. Come hear 7 unique stories of holistic churches working together across the city to impact the future of Fresno.   
Level 200 – Focus: Church-Based, Redistribution, Listening to Community
Brian Semsem, Pastor of Living Free Baptist Church
D.J. Criner, Pastor of St. Rest Baptist Church
Ed Coleman, Pastor of Paraclete Baptist Church
Phil Skei, Pastor of OnRamps Covenant Church
Vickie Healy, Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church  

This breakout will build upon the previous session, but goes into a new area to explore how we as Christians can and should be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves as we pursue justice. In this posture our unique gifts as Christians are brought to the broader movement for justice.
Level 200 – Focus: Wholistic Approach, Empowerment, Church-Based

Alexia Salvatierra, Pastor and Founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing Network
Twitter: @FaithRootedOrg

Do evangelical Christians enter into the conversation of racial reconciliation with the wrong lens of “reconciliation”? This workshop is designed to engage Christians on what biblical reconciliation looks like, and the role that “reparations” plays in addressing the need for racial reconciliation in the Church.
Level 200 – Focus: Reconciliation

Bryson White Associate Director of Faith In Community
Twitter: @futurebryson

Restorative justice offers empowerment for urban youth caught in cycles of economic injustice, racism, victimization, violence, and shame. RJ is an equalizer, giving power to the parties experiencing conflict to make things as right as possible, break the cycle of conflict, and ensure future intentions that lead toward peace. The Christian community can empower urban youth in finding their own voice, value, and contributions that they can make as leaders in their peer groups, families, neighborhoods, schools, and larger community.
Level 200 – Focus: Reconciliation, Empowerment

Sheri Wiedenhoefer, MA, Consultant

Grace Spencer, VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) Mediator and Neighborhood Church Pastor

Seya Lumeya, CJC (Community Justice Circles) Director

Jesus commanded His followers to go and make disciples…but what is it to BE a disciple? What is discipleship? Learn practical insights for being His disciple and up your game to more intentionally MAKE disciples through your one and only life.
Level 100 – Focus: Leadership Development, Empowerment

Jose Rodriguez & Adrian Greer
Urban Youth Workers Institute

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 18th (evening)

5:30pm – 6:00pm  Registration

6:00pm Conference Begins
Worship thru Music & Creative Arts
Keynote Speaker: Alexia Salvatierra
Worship & Prayer for the City

8:30pm  Reception in Family Center

9:00pm  Pie + Art + Music (NFC Revealed)

Saturday, March 19th (morning)

8:00am-8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30am Conference Begins
Worship thru Music & Creative Arts
Snap Shot Story
Keynote Speaker: Bob Lupton

10:10am – 11:10am  Breakout Session 1

11:30am – 12:30pm  Breakout Session 2

Saturday, March 19th (afternoon)

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch & On-Ramps the City

1:00pm – 1:45pm Networking Groups

2:00pm Afternoon Session Begins
Snap Shot Story
Keynote Speaker: Bob Lupton

4:00pm  Conference Concludes

Be a Sponsor for 2016

City Summit’s target audience is 20-50 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! City Summit 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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Because you guys are amazing we already have all the volunteers we need to make City Summit 2016 happen! Thanks.

Extra Details


North Fresno Church: 5724 N. Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93710

From South Fresno
Freeway 41 North: take the Bullard Avenue exit, turn right (east) on Bullard, turn right (south) on Fresno Street. NFC is on the left.
From North Fresno
Freeway 41 South: take the Bullard Avenue exit, turn left (east) on Bullard, turn right (south) on Fresno Street. NFC is on the left.


For City Summit 2016 we are partnering with local restaurants or catering families to provide you a variety of delicious options. What better way to get a sense of the city than through food! Come prepared to taste and see how good our city is!

Saturday Lunch is included in the price of registration. Each attendee will be able to choose from one of the following options during Saturday morning registration (first come first serve for choice).

Ginza (Gourmet Teriyaki Cuisine)
Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with side of steamed vegetables and white rice

Sofia’s Catering (Mexican)
Pork Tamales with side of rice and beans

Huckleberry’s (American)
Smokey Bacon Club Sandwich: Ham, turkey & bacon topped with lettuce, tomato, Jack cheese and mayonnaise

Jennie Nava (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)
Quinoa and spinach mango tofu salad with ginger dressing

Falafel Express (Mediterranean)
Sliced chicken, rice, steamed vegetables, garlic sauce and pita bread



In order to allow parents to attend City Summit we are working with North Fresno Church to provide childcare! Cost for childcare on Friday will be $5 per child and on Saturday will be $10 per child. We ask that you please take your child out of childcare for lunch on Saturday.


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