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State of the City 2018

First Presbyterian Church is pleased to host the third annual State of the City Symposium on Friday evening, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018.  

The focus of this year’s Symposium will be on poverty and the crisis of homelessness evident throughout Houston.  There is much confusion by the average citizen on what is the best way to respond…don’t give money, give food, don’t respond to panhandling, show compassion, direct to ministries, ignore them….   How have other cities successfully responded to these challenges?  Is there a solution? 

Symposium registration cost is $10 a person which may be paid at the registration link or in person at the registration table at State of the City.  Childcare is available; requires registration through link. 


Register for State of the City 2018 here. 

New This Year: State of the City- Kids! A Young Citizens Academy 

 Join us on March 2nd and 3rd for State of the City-- Kids! A Young Citizen's Academy running con-current with the all-church conference, State of the City

Our Kindergarten-5th graders will practice valuable character lessons on Friday, March 2nd 6:30pm-8:30pm (bring $5 for pizza) and on Saturday, March 3rd 8:30am-noon. These dynamic two days will include crafts, games, science activities and stories for hands-on learning and practicing responsibility, integrity, compassion and respect. Reach out to Katie at khill@fpchouston.org with questions. 


Friday, March 2 
6:30pm | Registration check-in and refreshments
7:00-8:30pm | Keynote Presentation by Paul Hobby and Q&A
- Paul Hobby will provide an overview of the current state of Houston from his multi-faceted business and philanthropic perspective as a native born Houstonian. 

Saturday, March 3
8:30am | Continental Breakfast
9:00am–12:00pm | Presentations and Q&A
- Hank Rush, President and CEO of the Star of Hope Mission and Richard Logan, Founder, President, and CEO of Attack Poverty will provide their unique niche in responding to poverty and resulting homelessness.
- Kevin Palau, President of the Palau Association and son of evangelist Luis Palau, will offer the possibilities of transformation for our city by sharing stories and examples of other cities which he has seen first- hand in ministry through the years. 


The vision for the State of the Symposium is to provide FPC members, ministry partners and the surrounding community an opportunity to learn about the  challenges facing our city and how we, as the Church, can and should best respond.  

To view presentations from State of the City 2016,  2017, or other FPC Conferences, visit the messages page here and scroll to your desired event.