Urban Leadership Training CenterThe mission of the Hub is to develop young leaders in the context of biblical community through urban ministry. Our vision is to see graduates continue the journey of service, advocacy, incarnational living, and the seeking of God’s heart for the poor.
What Hub Residents Do
Residents of the Hub commit to one year of their lives to living intentional community in Fresno, California’s Highway City.
Residents become involved in volunteering for various ministry agencies or churches that are focusing on the urban poor, committing designated number of hours per week to serve there. As much as possible we do this as a team.
Residents intentionally practice the “one anothers” of the Bible, learning to live an inter-dependent life. We become a family, forming close friendships, relationships of accountability and partnership in the gospel. We pull together to keep the household running. We pray and study scripture together weekly.
Residents participate in local, regional, and national conferences, conventions and meetings in order to meet others engaged in similar ministries, and to acquire new skills, perspective, and motivation to serve amongst the poor.
The Hub Creed
“We believe God has called us to live in the Hub to develop as leaders, to grow in our understanding and practice of biblical community, and to engage in ministry with children and families in Fresno’s urban neighborhoods.”
“In light of our calling, we believe that we are to be stretched beyond our comfort zone and be bold for the sake of the kingdom. As leaders we seek to embody integrity, discipline, and the courage to do what’s right in the midst of conflict, spiritual warfare and unjust systems. We intentionally open ourselves up to the influence of more mature leaders, wanting to be faithful, available, and teachable. Knowing that our ministry grows out of our identity in Christ, as leaders, we consistently seek opportunities to grow and be changed as leaders so that we can be used to bring change in our city.”
“Recognizing that Biblical community is a process, we open ourselves up to sharing our lives and having common commitments. We are committing ourselves to transparent relationships, pursuing a consistent practice of honest and loving communication and confrontation. Knowing that major differences exist based on race, culture and gender, we pledge ourselves to a climate which facilitates reconciliation. For ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Matthew 5:9). As iron sharpens iron, we agree to challenge and support one another both in our lives and our ministries. As we live out this vision of community we trust that God’s love will radiate out into this neighborhood, in which we have chosen to live. ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’” (John 13:34,35).
“This love of Christ compels us to embrace the people of Fresno’s urban neighborhoods and the city, so many of whom are poor. We believe that true spirituality is demonstrated in compassionate action on behalf of the poor (Isaiah 58). In commitment to the vision of the Kingdom of God as stated through the prophet Isaiah we participate in creating ‘previews’ here on earth of that Kingdom in its final perfection (Isa. 65). We exemplify this by living as ambassadors, speaking for those who have no voice (Proverbs 31: 8,9). This includes helping the neglected children of Highway City, the poor, the homeless, migrant farm workers, abused tenants, the elderly, and victims of racial hatred, thereby helping them be reconciled to God and one another (II Corinthians 5). We do all this reaching out from our hearts to show God’s love. We believe the body of Christ is the hope for the healing and rebuilding of the city (Isaiah 61) and the establishment of justice there. ‘Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.’” (Amos 5:24)
Who Can Live in the Hub?
- must be at least 20 years old
- must have a track record of commitment to Jesus Christ
- may be a college student, community leader or church member
- must understand the stated purposes of the Hub
- must have a consistent source of income, either missionary support, parental help, or employment sufficient to pay rent and buy food
- must demonstrate a flexible, participatory spirit
- must commit to 10 months of residency
Understanding the Hub Community:The Courtyard at Central Park- Bordered by highway 99 and Ashlan Ave located at 4488-98 N. Cornelia Ave in Fresno, California. For years this community has been victimized by acts of hate and discrimination. Our community is richly diverse and unique in its culture. This is the current site where the Hub is located and serving. Sierra Mobile Home Park- Located directly across the street from the Courtyard at Central Park, this community consist of mostly Hispanic families, this is where HCCD has one of its after school program sites.
Applications are accepted anytime, but the deadline is April 20th. The decision on candidates is made by May 1.
Duration: Interns move in by August 15, and move out by June 15 the following year. This amounts to a month residency. Exceptions are considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Rent is $200 per month, $375 per married couple. This amount includes utilities.
All other expenses including food and transportation are the responsibility of the resident.
Residents receive either total or partial scholarships to most training events associated with the Hub curriculum, however some costs are to be borne in total or in part by the resident.
Online application coming soon.