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Help Us Run Through the Tape
Back in 2009, the official number of paid member organizations was 203. That number has continued on an upward course. Right now, we are at the highest level ever (or at least in modern times). As of today, the official count is 299 organizations—up from 269 on December 31 of last year. That means we need just one more to hit that elusive 300 mark. Will you help us find that one to reach a new milestone?
Is there a compatible life-transformation ministry in your area that would qualify? Do they agree with our statement of faith and code of ethics and do they align with our values, including our position on biblical sexuality? Let Sam Edwards know about them. Or maybe you could recruit them—perhaps even pay their first year of membership. We have a nice gift certificate waiting for the member organization that helps us reach 300 missions/ministries—the highest in our history (to the best of our knowledge).
Election Results Will Likely Erase Gains by Faith Organizations
Our Own Elections are Not Being Contested
The General Election for an At-Large Representative to the Citygate Network Board confirmed Anthony McMinn, Hendersonville Rescue Mission (Hendersonville, North Carolina), to serve in that capacity from 2021—2023.
Citygate Network sends a a huge heartfelt thanks to all of the outgoing district and board officers. We sincerely appreciate your service to the association.
Early-Bird Registration for Baltimore Starts Tomorrow
Even so, because we know that 2020 has made so many of us extra wary, we’re offering members a no-risk early-bird sign up. Register yourself and your team members while this lowest rate is available—November 17 – December 17—and everything is refundable through the end of February. The early-bird brochure is available on our website.
Monthly Public Reading of Scripture Now Open to All Citygate Network Members
This Thanksgiving Needs to Look a Little Different
Regional Huddle Held in the Evergreen District
ATC Announces New Online Resource for Dealing with Addiction
Free Webinar Exploring Faith and Forgiveness in Mental Illness Recovery
Looking Down the Street
TELL US: Do you have news to share with other network members? Send a blurb to Alice Gifford. Include as many details as possible. We’ll handle the editing.
Proposed Law Pushes Back Against Mob Violence
Business Pivots to Provide Mobile COVID Testing
From Homelessness to the House of Representatives
SF Passes Legislation to Penalize Companies with Large Pay Inequities
Addressing the Root Causes of Food Insecurity
Taking Back the Streets in Downtown Vancouver
Mission Chef Job Training Program Pays it Forward
Black Girls Underserved in Conversations About Racial Justice
Future Doctors Draft an Amended Oath
Bookkeeper, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Program Officer, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Charlotte, NC
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Counseling Program Manager, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Custodian, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Data Administrator, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA
Director of Development, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Reno, NV
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director, Lifespring Ministries, Wayside Cross Ministries, Aurora, IL
Director-San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Empowerment Coach / Case Manager, New Life Mission, Melbourne, FL
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Facilities Manager, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Grants Administrator, Stability First, Inc., Martinsville, IN
Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Maintenance Lead Supervisor, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS
Major Gifts Officer, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Manager of Donor Relations, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Mental Health Counselor, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Operations Manager, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Outreach Specialist (Seattle Area), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Program Advisor, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Program Director: Justin's Place Women, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Resource Advocate, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Safety Team Member, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Search and Rescue Specialist, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Security Team, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Short-Term Living Coordinator Men's Ministry, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Vice President of People Services, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Vice President of Programs, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
VP of Recovery Programs, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Women's New Life Growth Manager, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Do not yield to fear, for I am always near.
Do you feel tension in every part of your body these days? How are you processing the stress that you’re feeling; that your team is feeling; that your family and friends are feeling?
It’s important to process this stress and release it. Maybe that’s by moving your body in some way; by taking a walk; by connecting with people meaningfully; by booking an extra therapy appointment, by tuning in to some good worship music or teaching.
To keep on leading well, we need to first get in a good (or better) place ourselves. Consider the pressures you’re facing and remember you have agency over what you consume. Are your eyes fixed on the news? Are you scrolling, scrolling, scrolling through the socials looking for answers or escape? Remember: You have agency in what you’re consuming; you have agency over what internal dialogue you’re having with yourself and over the external conversations you’re having with others.
Act with wisdom and discernment on when to step away and when to lean in to the news, to the email chains, to social media, to conversations. Consider how you’re engaging with others. As a leader, whether in your organization, your family, your community, or your church, you engage with people who have a range of emotions, feelings, and opinions. Avoid platitudes in your interactions with others. They can come across as insensitive and unhelpful — and may unintentionally wound those around us.
Consider the work that needs to be done. 2020 has revealed fault lines — and the depths of division are not confined to politics. Moving forward effectively will require resilience and empathy along with listening and leadership that we may not be used to, or want to do, but it will be absolutely necessary.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Written by Jo Saxton, author, speaker, consultant (and keynote presenter at the Citygate Network 2021 Annual Conference & Exposition in Baltimore). Used with permission.
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