REVIVING OUR SPIRITS
Daring to Dream Again
The challenges of the past several months may have squelched enthusiasm, lowered our gaze, and caused us to scale down our vision to meet the most urgent needs, but we must not lose our ability to dream big. God’s Word says that where there’s no vision, people perish. This session will focus on how we can inspire our teams, energize our creativity, and look forward with expectancy.
Renewing Spirits Through Corporate Scripture Reading
The public reading of Scripture helped God’s people remember who God is, who they are, and who they are called to be. This practice was so important to Paul that in 1 Timothy 4:13, he instructed all to “…devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” But what can this practice look like in your organization, and how can it transform your ministry?
Fostering Good Mental Health at Your Ministry
COVID-19 has been beyond stressful. Fear and anxiety may have affected you and/or your staff in ways you haven’t considered: poor diet, no exercise, difficulty sleeping, and worsening chronic health problems. The result can be depression—yes, Christians deal with this. Look with us at some assessment tools and ways to mentally (as well as spiritually) get to a better place.
Get Outta Here!
Even without the problems of a pandemic, a lot of leaders don’t know how to retreat. They feel tied to the work they do and find it hard to cut the tethers for more than a week to take an extended vacation. That’s not healthy for the leader or the organization. Learn about several extended getaway ideas for people on a budget and why you (and your colleagues) need to flee on a regular basis.
REVIVING OUR STRATEGIES
While still embracing the Holy Spirit’s work in recovery, we’ll show you some new tech tools being used to help people move from destructive behaviors to healthy choices. One tool employs a peer-driven community to encourage interactions between substance abusers and professionals. It’s powered by an AI system that measures recovery and suggests the best next steps for treatment.
A Post-COVID Look at Insurance
You might not think about insurance as a strategy, but from an executive perspective, it really is. With lessons learned from COVID-19, your liability coverages might need to change; employee health insurance should be reviewed. How about directors & officers insurance, errors & omission coverage, and key person protection? And then there is business interruption insurance.
Intimacy with a Purpose
Manipulative, dysfunctional relationships are at the center of many problems our clients face. Intimacy is not an issue we can sidestep if we desire for our clients to flourish in life. This session will lay the foundation for discussions with clients about healthy intimacy and God’s incredible design. We’ll also point you toward some stellar tools you can employ in your programs.
Congregant Sleeping and Other Considerations in a Post-Pandemic World
We’ve heard from many of our members who have already said they will not return to their previous model of sheltering and will likely cut their capacity significantly. This represents some philosophical decisions that might prove unpopular with certain inside and outside groups. Listen to some new lines of reasoning and consider what you might want to do or not do going forward.
REVIVING OUR TEAMS
Expanding Volunteer Roles
The volunteers serving food and sorting clothes for your organization likely have deep experience and talents to offer your ministry. From coaching soft skills, to conducting parenting classes, to making important connections in your community, this workshop will uncover new ways to engage your volunteers and further grow the value they can bring to your organization.
Team Building for Kingdom Impact
Leaders need teams to accomplish the mission, but it’s not easy. Many teams struggle. So what do high-functioning teams do that dysfunctional teams don’t? Discover the leadership secrets of Nehemiah, applied to team building today. Bring your co-workers. This workshop will nurture personal, spiritual, and emotional health among your staff members, leading to better outcomes.
Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace
What if you could gain the ability to make leadership changes that will enhance your organizational and personal growth? Today’s leaders must learn how to shift their leadership to keep innovating, improving, and influencing others in today’s world. See how to rethink your perspective, adapt your style, challenge your team, and become a transformational leader.
The Clean Team
One of the most important teams going forward is the one that is responsible for facility cleanliness and sanitation. This practical workshop will employ CDC protocols and give principles for making things not just look good, but also be safe, top to bottom. And we will go beyond tips for operations staff to include “lifestyle changes” that can be taught to guests and students.
REVIVING OUR STAKEHOLDERS
Sparking Real-time Engagement
At the height of the pandemic, many members discovered a new mode for reaching constituents—ViewSpark. With missions seeing a 14:1 return on investment, this is a tool you want in your toolbox. This session will detail how the ViewSpark system works, how to get the most out of it, and how you can immediately begin engaging donors and others with amazing results.
Understanding What Makes a Donor Give More—or Give Less
In regard to donations, an unprecedented number of Citygate Network members said they saw the best March, April, and/or May in their history. Some think they can point to a reason. Others speculate but aren’t sure. But there are reasons people give in abundance, just as there are reasons why they make token gifts. Wouldn’t you like to know the biggest reasons why?
Rethinking Government Partnership
The faith-based community and the government sector are not totally at odds. For many ministry leaders, this recent pandemic revealed that we really can forge meaningful connections with government agencies. This workshop will detail how we can partner with local and federal governments in ways that benefit the ministry, the government, and the common good.
Do You Have a 21st-Century Board?
Ministry boards have come a long way in the past two decades, but have they come all the way to 2020? This workshop will tell you the makeup and mindset of the most effective nonprofit, faith-focused boards at this point in time—what studies they are reviewing and what policies they are enacting. Learn how to select and inspire board members to make them your best asset.
REVIVING OUR CITIES
Healing Our Communities
Before COVID-19, we were already facing high levels of divisiveness on political, social, and economic issues—and social distancing hasn’t helped. When this all ends, will we be positioned to be leaders in peacemaking? Explore how we can use the experience of fighting a shared enemy to promote more constructive patterns in our cultural and political discourse.
How to Work with Your Nonprofit Neighbors
Your city relies on a large number of nonprofits to serve the needs of the least of these. Together, your impact is greater than your reach alone, but you still need to promote your unique services. Discover ideas to help you collaborate with other nonprofits around issues that impact us all and discuss how to make your messages stand out in a crowded space without causing discord.
A Matter for the Police
One of the toughest jobs today is enforcing the law. Unfortunately, the periodic random actions of a few have put officers everywhere in danger. Partnerships between police departments and rescue missions and kindred ministries can bless cities, help missions, and shine a bright light on peace officers. The proven collaboration ideas will flow in this practical workshop.
Going Before the Cameras
The footprint that Citygate Network made nationally earlier this year resulted in local-member acclaim in many cities. So now we can let it fade or we can leverage it to make an even greater impact for the cause of Christ, reviving our cities going forward. Learn five tactics to making a strong showing in your city—in the news, in churches, in civic groups, and in politics.