As On Ramps' mission is accomplished, it envisions catalyzing a church in each of Fresno's 22 neighborhoods of concentrated poverty pursuing this same mission. Simply put, On Ramps' vision is to see
"the healed become the healers."
On Ramps exists to be a Healing Community Healing its Community
We pursue this mission by seeking to embody the following values:
REACH (Relationships Matter), RENEW (Scripture, Prayer, & Worship), RELEASE (Empowerment), and REPEAT (Simplicity & Sustainability)
On Ramps Covenant Church is a member of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. We are a Jesus following, multi-ethnic, multi-class, multi-cultural, multi-generational church that is pursuing reconciliation. On Ramps reflects a generation that we call "contempor-ancient", meaning we are:
Tension-Embracing: a fundamental belief that God is greater than anything that divides us. The tension that diversity brings is something we "lean into" not run away from. The church understands its position as unique because it seeks to hold together in relationship everything that is distinct because each of those distinctives come from God.
Parish-Minded: a commitment to a defined, specific geography. The church is committed to a place.
Partnership-Oriented: an understanding that the vision God has given us is bigger than any single local church and will require partnership to achieve it. This is the church's posture.
Mission-Driven: this is not something the church does when we "have time." The church doesn't have a mission - God's mission has a church. The church has a purpose.
Gift-Valuing: God has given everyone gifts. Therefore, leadership is not the task of a small group but of all. This places church polity in the hands of a community rather than a few individuals.
Burden-Bearing: at the end of the day, nothing matters more than relationships. We will forego tasks in order to be present to one another and be a Biblical community. The church is about people.
The Lowell neighborhood is a very unique place. Once known as the "Devil's Triangle," this neighborhood is now known for its collaborative leaders and God-given mission. Comprised of 750 properties, 1,500 addresses, and 6,800 residents, 66% of these residents are Latino (1/2 of these are estimated to be undocumented), 15% are White, 11% are Asian, and 8% are Black. Seventy-five percent of this community does not hold a High School Diploma and the Median Income is just under $13,000 annually. This is On Ramps Covenant Church's "parish."
1955 Broadway St. Fresno, CA 93721 Tel: 559-481-1120