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What have faith leaders in the city with one of the highest rates of concentrated poverty in the nation done to create a faith-rooted ecosystem of innovation and economic opportunity that is bringing transformation? What is necessary for a city’s faith institutions to go beyond individual efforts and solitary programs, utilizing the talent in its midst to solve its most intractable social problems? Explore the transformational power, possibility, and the challenges and limitations of a nascent social enterprise approach.
Dr. Randy White, Founder and Executive Director | Center for Community Transformation, Fresno Pacific University
Randy has been an urban activist and practitioner for more than 25 years. He was the founder of Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership (FIFUL), the Pink House, and many other urban training formats in Fresno. Globally he led doctoral programs of Bakke Graduate University helping leaders from 39 countries imagine and implement new forms of community transformation in their cities. In 2012 Randy founded the Center for Community Transformation at FPU. He is the author of many books and articles on urban ministry, the latest of which is Out of Nazareth: Christ-Centered Community Transformation in Unlikely Places (Urban Loft, 2017).
The Center for Community Transformation is passionate about utilizing the business and social assets of our faith community to address the deepest economic, physical and spiritual challenges of the community. They do that by enhancing the capacities of faith organizations to start social enterprises, equip members and neighbors for financial stability, provide new skills sets for people with barriers to employment, and train congregations for community engagement.