Liberty District Conference

When
September 24-26
2018
Where
Canadensis, Pennsylvania
Spruce Lake

The Liberty district will once again meet at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in the Pocono Mountains. Nestled in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, Spruce Lake welcomes you to experience the beauty of the woodlands, waterfalls, and mountain streams that this 850-acre retreat has to offer. Not to mention the educational and networking opportunities with colleagues in your district!

Lodging

Two overnights included with Conference Cost. (Single: $320, Double $224)

Address:
5389 PA-447
Canadensis, PA 18325

 

About Our Theme: Momentum

Vector and thrust. By definition, to have momentum, we need direction and some oomph to move us down that path—vector and thrust. So easily can we lose our focus and get off track. Often we understand where we need to head but have little impetus to actually GO and DO. Our time together will inform us and energize us with ideas and tips to equip us for the journey ahead—all firmly anchored in Scripture.

 

About Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clarence Shuler

Dr. Clarence Shuler is president and CEO of BLR: Building Lasting Relationships. For more than 30 years, Clarence and his wife Brenda have conducted marriage, discipleship, and diversity seminars internationally. They are members of Dennis Rainey’s FamilyLife Weekend To Remember Marriage Speaker Team. As a Life & Relationship Coach, Clarence helps executives effectively manage their personal and professional lives, finding fulfillment in both.

Clarence has been a Keynote speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron and in National Football League chapels. He's on the board of Citygate Network, and, formerly, was president of Moody Bible Institute’s Alumni Board. In addition to authoring a number of books, he’s been featured several times in Essence Magazine, Discipleship Journal, Black Enterprise, and other publications.


 


Tentative Schedule:

Monday, September 24

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Registration and Check-in

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.

Dinner (Dining Hall) 

6:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

Opening  General Session (Black Cherry Room in Spruce Lodge)

  • Opening Remarks and Introductions
  • Worship and Prayer
  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Clarence Shuler
  • Client Story from The Bowery Mission

7:45 p.m.– 8:15 p.m.

Affinity Groups

8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Snack and Networking


Tuesday, September 25

7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Devotions and Prayer

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

General Session (Black Cherry Room in Spruce Lodge)

  • District Officer Greeting and Citygate Network Announcement
  • Worship
  • Keynote Speaker
 

10:20 a.m.–11:35 a.m.

Seminar #1

  • Engaging People in Their Own Transformation, Part One (Maple Room in Spruce Lodge)
    The people who show up at our doors each day bring challenges that cannot be overcome without massive paradigm shifts—in their hearts, and in our methods. What if we bridged the separation between crisis services and programs to create an ecosystem where everyone is working intentionally toward a common goal of life transformation? Part one of this workshop, led by a mission leader who has made this leap and seen incredible outcomes, will share more about the whats and whys of the philosophy that inspires their work.

    Dan Rogers, president/CEO, Cherry Street Mission Ministries
  • Growing an Outstanding Organizational Culture  (Sycamore Room in Founders Lodge)
    Are you a people-first organization?  Do outcomes drive your every effort?  What are the genetics of your staff?  How effective are you at communicating new initiatives and change with your employees?  Are you providing meaningful work opportunities that are evident to your employees?  Are you developing leaders?  Do your staff and volunteers believe the work of the mission is indeed missional?  These questions and many more will be presented and discussed in this exciting seminar.

    David Jones, president/CEO, The Bowery Mission; Jack Crowley, president, Water Street Ministries; and Kim Cook, president/CEO, Open Door Mission
  • Work as Worship   (Walnut Room in Founders Lodge)
    How much does a person’s work matter to God? Have you ever considered that work is a form of worship? This session explores that very possibility for staff and clients alike. Each minute of life is a gift, but we must work to earn a living. How do we view work as a gospel-driven effort to serve Christ?

    Michael Booth, campus pastor, Water Street Mission

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break/Free Time

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seminar #2

  • Engaging People in Their Own Transformation, Part Two   (Maple Room in Spruce Lodge)
    In Part Two of this workshop, you'll hear about the policies, practices, and practical changes necessary to truly engage people in their own transformation. You'll hear the inspiring story of how one mission turned an old high school into a life-revitalization center with help from the entire community; the system they use to motivate people toward their recovery; the unique ecosystem the organization has created; and what outcomes they're seeing.

    Dan Rogers, president/CEO, Cherry Street Ministries
  • Steps to Promote a Safe and Secure Environment for Those We Lead and Serve   (Sycamore Room in Founders Lodge)
    You see the incidents on the news all too frequently, and you wonder if your mission is prepared to respond to an active shooter event.  This seminar, taught by a certified ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) instructor, will introduce you to the protocols necessary to keep your clients, staff, and volunteers safe during an active shooter threat.

    Brian Merriam, president, Merriam Insurance Agency
  • Remaining Effective in Your Role   (Walnut Room in Founders Lodge)
    How do some people remain active, encouraged, and effective without losing their momentum or sanity? Busy and effective people often produce much while losing themselves in the wake of their productivity. A breakneck pace not only leaves the team behind, but it can also suffocate one’s energy and creativity. Add in the compounded stress of deadlines, paperwork, clients’ overwhelming stories, and you may have the perfect recipe for disaster. In this session, we will help you learn effective work-life-faith balance, tools, and practices that will help keep you and your team fresh, encouraged, and blessed.

    Dave Treadwell, regional coordinator, Citygate Network 

5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Dinner (Dining Room)

6:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

Evening General Session (Black Cherry Room in Spruce Lodge)

  • Worship
  • Speaker
  • Client Story

7:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Snack and Networking


Wednesday, September 26

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

Breakfast (Dining Room)

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Seminar #3

  • Fundraising in the Digital Space  (Maple Room in Spruce Lodge)
    Fundraising in the digital space should be an integral and growing part of your strategy, but the rules of this medium are different than those recommended for print. How do the strategies of direct response translate into clicks, opens, and digital gifts? Learn what makes the digital landscape different and which best practices to apply to succeed in the digital space.

    Heather Rocheleau, One&All
  • Growing an Outstanding Organizational Culture  (Sycamore Room in Founders Lodge)
    Are you a people-first organization?  Do outcomes drive your every effort?  What are the genetics of your staff?  How effective are you at communicating new initiatives and change with your employees?  Are you providing meaningful work opportunities that are evident to your employees?  Are you developing leaders?  Do your staff and volunteers believe the work of the mission is indeed missional?  These questions and many more will be presented and discussed in this exciting seminar.

    David Jones, president/CEO, The Bowery Mission; Jack Crowley, president, Water Street Ministries; and Kim Cook, president/CEO, Open Door Mission
  • Outreach Strategies   (Walnut Room in Founders Lodge)
    Homelessness, as you know, is not just an inner-city issue. There’s a significant population of people struggling in the suburbs and urban areas, but access to services is more challenging in these areas. Has your mission considered working with those outside your city who may be at risk of losing their home and need support? This preventative approach has the ability to slow and, at times, stop the cycle of poverty that can overtake a person or family. In this seminar, you’ll hear strategies for reaching into new areas and benefiting from the experience of an outreach practitioner who’s working to bring to light and to address the significant issues facing those who are so often out of sight and out of mind.

    Marian Stroup, Marion County outreach coordinator, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

10:20 a.m.–11:35 a.m.

Closing General Session

  • Worship and Devotional
  • Panel Discussion So What??? 
    • Did you learn?
    • Do you want to know more about?
    • Will you begin implementing or adjusting?
    • Can't you wait to share with others?
  • Keynote Speaker , Dr. Clarence Shuler
  • Prayer and Send-Off

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so with no penalty up to two weeks before the event. Cancellations requested less than two weeks before the event will result in a 30% cancellation fee.

Sponsorships

There are three levels of sponsorships available at the conference. Sponsor sign-up is located at the bottom of this page. A sponsorship or display table is required in order to attend. Please note that sponsors must be in membership with Citygate Network. If you plan to participate in the conference sessions and/or meals, you will need to register as an attendee in addition to purchasing your sponsorship. If you have additional questions, please email Malcomn Mitchell, mmitchell@citygatenetwork.org.

$700–Primary Sponsor 

  • Address attendees during one of the general sessions
  • Handouts during the speaking opportunity
  • Display table during conference 

$400–Break Sponsor 

  • Handout during break
  • Display table during conference 

$250–Table Sponsor 

  • Display table during conference

Sponsorship Opportunities

To purchase a sponsorship package please select one of the following sponsor fees below.

Amount Description  
$250.00 Display Table
No Restrictions
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fee ends 9/26/2018

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$224.00 Mission Member and Sponsor Rate Double (Sponsors must also purchase a display table or sponsorship)
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$416.00 Non-Member Rate Single
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$289.00 Non Member Rate Double
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$115.00 Mission Member and Sponsor Rate No Lodging (Sponsors must also purchase a display table or sponsorship)
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