As a Christian university, FPU integrates faith and learning—transforming lives and developing students for service and leadership. Sponsored by the Mennonite Brethren church, we value our relationships with various denominations throughout the Central Valley.
Since part of our mission includes strengthening the church, we actively seek new ways to serve and better connect with churches. We offer resources, training programs and special events to churches, and also want to connect our students to ministry opportunities available to them through the church.
President Jones wrote a letter to valley churches expressing his heart in extending the influence of the Kingdom of God. You can read this letter here
We desire to serve local churches, their pastors and congregations. This is why we offer the opportunity to fill in at the pulpit at your church and provide a time of reprieve for your pastoral staff. To schedule an FPU guest speaker or to learn about opportunities to provide a guest lecturer to fill the pulpit for your congregation, contact us here, we’d love to help.
FPU promises to do its best to fill the request by connecting a quality speaker to meet the need. FPU works with university administration, faculty, and staff who are willing to preach to fulfill requests.
FPU does not set a specified fee for this service, trusting that churches will consider the time, effort, and transportation costs involved for the speakers and reimburse them accordingly. Our staff can provide a suggestion of appropriate payment amount, based on travel time, number of services, and other considerations, if requested.
Guest Preacher Application
If you are a current FPU faculty, staff or student who is interested in opportunities to fill in as a guest preacher for a local church, you can provide your information here.
Center for Community Transformation
Our Center for Community Transformation (CCT) desires to equip leaders to contribute to the economic, physical and spiritual welfare of our valley communities. We are passionate about utilizing the assets of our faith community to address our valley’s deepest economic, physical and spiritual challenges. We address these challenges in a variety of ways:
Catalyzing faith-based job creation and economic development models that are working in contexts of concentrated poverty.
Faith & Finances
Equipping those in low-income communities to avoid unjust lending practices and providing a congregational approach to financial literacy training to help prepare vulnerable people for success.
Providing Spanish-speaking pastors and leaders, representing more than a third of the congregations in Fresno, with higher level non-formal, training in leadership and community transformation.
Helping God’s people be equipped to redeem, serve and shape the systems of the city for the common good.
Learn more about these initiatives and more here (cctfresno.org)
Seminary Courses and Education
Church Match Scholarships
FPU will match dollar for dollar up to $750 per year money contributed by a student’s home church.* For all Mennonite Brethren churches belonging to the Pacific District Conference, the match is 2 to 1. Additional Mennonite Brethren financial aid is offered Please contact:Student Financial Services
Youth Group Visits
Our undergraduate admission team would love to host your youth group. They could meet with an admissions counselor, engage with a student panel, take a campus tour, enjoy a meal on campus, get their questions answered and more! Visits are scheduled Monday-Friday, with the exception of breaks and major holidays. Please contact:The Office of Undergraduate Admission
We look forward to seeing your youth group on campus!
Our athletic, music and drama events offer free and low-cost family entertainment. Inspiring lectures and conferences are also available. We've made it easy for you to find out what is happening by visiting our events calendar: fresno.edu/events.