- “…thank you for putting together another successful conference experience amidst all the uncertainties of this past year. Our team was unanimous in recognizing that this was the best Citygate Network event ever.”
- “We had a wonderful time and came away with new relationships and ideas to consider.”
- “We had a great experience at the conference and are excited to see the long-term fruit from what started [during our time together].”
- “I’ve enjoyed every Citygate Network conference I’ve attended, but this one was exceptional. Thank you for all your hard work and the heart you put in to giving us an opportunity for professional development and networking—especially in these challenging times.”
- “You all made my first conference a great experience. I am happy to be part of such a great organization.”
“Hidden Trace Retreat” Is Ready for Your Viewing
In Baltimore, we debuted our first Hope in the Gate video, which features singer/songwriter Amy Grant and other artists. What’s unique about this first release, which we are calling “Hidden Trace Retreat” No. 1, is that it brings together three powerful ministry forces: (1) rescue mission dynamics, (2) Christian camping dynamics, and (3) gospel music dynamics. This is a compelling combination, seldom seen as a triad. The rescue mission dynamics address head-on the tough questions regarding life choices and the importance of having a relationship with Christ. The Christian camping dynamics provide the setting for reflection and for God’s still small voice to be heard. The gospel music dynamics tie it all together in original, melodic refrains that aren’t easily forgotten. Next week, Citygate Network will send all members an email with suggestions on how to take advantage of the video and guidelines for member-only usage. But you can view the 15-minute video right now on our website.
COVID-19 Member Call Upcoming
Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that people experiencing homelessness still show lower vaccination levels than the general population. To keep our members current on recommended protocols and procedures as we enter flu season and the winter months—and to address questions regarding vaccinations and boosters—we’ve scheduled a member-wide call for Thursday, October 14, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Mountain Time. Dr. Emily Mosites, the CDC’s senior advisor on health and homelessness, will be the lead presenter. Anyone at a Citygate Network member mission or ministry can register to participate here. Jot down your questions now and send them to us so we can pass them along to Dr. Mosites in preparation for the Q&A portion of the call.
Compensation Survey Launches
The 2022 Citygate Network Compensation Report is in process. This every-two-years resource from Citygate Network will feature more than 30 pages of salary and benefits data, tabulated by position, district, and ministry size. The survey link will officially hit CEO’s inboxes on Tuesday, but members can begin filling it out now. It’s critical, however, that only one person from each ministry actually enters the data, so coordination is important. Member ministries that contribute a significant amount of data toward the report by November 5 will receive the report for free in early 2022.
Help Your Guests File for Tax Credits
Citygate Network is co-sponsoring a webinar with the National Association of Evangelicals, The Salvation Army, and the National Latino Evangelical Coalition to promote the new mobile tool available to access the Child Tax Credit (CTC). This flyer provides additional information, or you can register here to participate in this informative session on October 7, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. ET so that you are equipped to help your guests learn more about and claim the money available to them. Former Citygate Network staff member and current board member Nicole Frazier will make a brief presentation on behalf of Citygate Network.
Future Leaders Can Unite Online
If you are a Citygate Network staff member (any position) and are age 39 and under, you are welcome to join our Emerging Leaders cohort, a vibrant group of younger mission and ministry leaders and potential leaders. The group got together a couple times at our recent event in Baltimore, and all those who attended want to continue their conversations and relationships and have you join them. The goal of the group is to facilitate connections, encouragement, growth, and development among the “next” generation of leaders working in life-transformation ministry. Get involved by accessing this special Facebook page.
Last Call to Get Together in Memphis
The Bluegrass District has organized a huddle for support staff and non-frontline workers who regularly have contact with guests, and they invite all member mission staff within driving distance of Memphis to join them—even those outside the Bluegrass District. Attendees will spend time in worship, fellowship, and discussion on the "Called to Rise Up!" theme. Dr. Bartholomew Orr is the featured speaker, and Citygate Network President John Ashmen will also be in attendance and address the group. Don't miss this opportunity for connection and encouragement. Your $25 registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, snacks, and materials. Registration has been extended through Monday, October 4.
Shifting Roles at Citygate Network
We are grateful to Marvin Harrell for his nearly two-year stint as our full-time Director of Communications. Starting today, Marvin has moved into a contractor role with Citygate Network, serving as Social Media and Website Consultant. Many of the member services you receive will still have Marvin’s keystrokes attached to them. Additional changes will be announced in the days ahead as Citygate Network positions itself for an exciting future.
Looking Down the Street
- Hurricane Ida flooded the home base for City Relief (New York, New York) last month, destroying most everything and necessitating extensive demolition and reconstruction. Their generous donors immediately raised more than $75,000 to help with the repairs, and donated hours of time and energy assisting with the cleanup.
- Join Citygate Network in welcoming The Nehemiah Project (Petoskey, Michigan) into membership in the Great Lakes District. Currently under the leadership of Michael Walker, the organization will need to find a new executive director when he steps down next fall.
- Keystone Mission (Scranton, Pennsylvania) will hold its 2nd annual REAL TALK event to take place from 3:00 p.m. October 13 to 3:00 p.m. October 14. CEO Justin Behrens will sit on a bench in the Public Square for 24 hours straight to engage in honest talks about homelessness. Last year he “hosted” a range of people who came and sat on the bench with him, from government officials to people experiencing homelessness, and even some who have climbed out of homelessness.
- The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake (Salt Lake City, Utah) is producing an original recipe book to give to their program graduates as a way to help them transition into making their own simple, healthy meals after leaving the mission. We love hearing about creative and unique ideas our members come up with as they minister to the whole person.
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