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UPDATE:  ZipCode Calling has a new name.  It is now called Project for Placemaking.

Zip Code Calling brings the thought-leaders and policy-makers of our city together for a one day workshop to explore the best ways to love, serve, and build our city.

Christians and Urban Planners, along with Designers, Developers, and Policy Makers, are all after many of the same things—a city’s beauty and it’s inhabitants’ physical, emotional, and economic well-being.


God designed us to dwell in community, to live out an embodied existence with our neighbors. This means we are real people living in a real physical place.

The built environment – the way city sidewalks, streets, parks, and neighborhoods are designed and inhabited – contributes to the quality of our community life, for good or for bad. While Christian pastors and leaders are well equipped for tending to the spiritual and emotional health of the community, there is oftentimes a gap in their toolkit for understanding how they can nurture community wellbeing through the design of the built environment. Because of this, many Christian pastors and leaders miss out on the joy and privilege of participating in the planning, design, and building of livable neighborhoods, downtowns, or cities that help nourish individuals and communities for generations.

This one-day workshop in Riverside is an opportunity for Christian pastors and leaders to gain some tools for understanding the built environment and the unique ways the church can answer her call to love her neighbors by stewarding the built environment. Participants will learn about principles of good design and great placemaking that encourage community interaction, social and physical health. This time will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with other leaders and pastors about how these ideas might be fleshed out in local congregations and communities. We hope you’ll join us in the conversation!

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7


Discover why Christians, and their churches, my be your most committed and powerful allies in your efforts to build a better city . . . one which serves the welfare of its citizens, its economy, and its natural resources.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities


September 6, 2014

Start Time: 8:00 AM

End TIme: 4:30 PM


Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison St., Riverside, CA 92504

After lunch we’ll do a walking tour, so wear comfortable walking shoes & attire.

8am : Breakfast/Registration

8:30am:  Introductions

9:00AM – 12:00PM   MEETING IN THE HEART OF THE CITY – Why Urban Planning Matters to Christians and Why Christians Matter to Urban Planners

 9am – 9:45am          Why God Loves the City (Jeff Wright)

•••            BREAK                  •••

10am – 10:45am            What Buildings Say and Do (Mark Roberson)

•••            BREAK                  •••

11am – 12pm             Panel of Practitioners in the following areas:

• Environmental/Public Health

• Transportation/Social

• Economic

• Aesthetic

12pm – 1pm            LUNCH & DISCUSSION GROUPS

1:00PM – 4:30PM       JOINING FORCES

1pm – 2pm                   Walking Tour of Casa Blanca

2pm – 2:30pm            Asset Inventory

2:30pm – 3:15pm      Common Assets Groups

3:15pm – 3:30pm            •••            BREAK                  •••

3:30pm – 4:15pm      Cross-Asset Groups

4:15pm – 4:30pm      Wrap Up


$25 (lunch included)


Eventbrite - ZipCode Calling - Riverside, CA


Contact local host committee members:

Drew Ward: [email protected]