“Privately engaging but socially irrelevant”—a description that should make people of faith uncomfortable. Yet this is the accusation against the church from so many corners, from those who see the church as existing for itself, making no contribution to the betterment of their communities.

An online webinar from the Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University will explore examples of how engaged churches came to embrace their communities. Participants will hear these stories from Noel Castellanos, a veteran Christian community development practitioner and pastor, and understand how their church and community might be transformed.

“A Community Engaged Church” begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022, (Pacific Daylight Time) and is admission free. The first 50 people to attend the 90-minute webinar will be sent a voucher for a delicious lunch. Register at A Community Engaged Church Tickets, Sat, Oct 1, 2022 at 10:30 AM | Eventbrite

Guest speaker Noel Castellanos has served as a youth worker, pastor, community developer and activist for biblical justice in Latino communities in the U.S. for almost 40 years. He served on the staff of the Christian Community Development Association for 14 years, and established Camino Alliance in 2019 to address the root causes of migration throughout Latin America. Noel is experienced at helping churches embrace their communities holistically, and his books are known widely in ministries that focus on God’s work in the city. Noel and his wife, Marianne, reside in Huntsville, AL.


The seminar is part of the “New Skills for a New Era Convening” series of workshops hosted by CCT and generously funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.  



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations