Accreditation Program

Today, as all Christian ministries are subject to increasing scrutiny by the public and governmental bodies, rescue missions must be especially committed to a standard of excellence in all aspects of their ministries. Through this Citygate Network program, a member ministry’s leaders and staff participate in a very comprehensive management and organizational review. At the same time, it is an educational experience involving the director and staff members in an organized evaluation of the following vital components of their ministry:

In the first level of this program, member organizations meeting the acceptable industry standards for well-run ministries are recognized as Accredited Essential. In the second and highest level of accreditation, Accredited Distinguished, Citygate Network recognizes member ministries that are models of effective programming and operations, exemplifying the best of what rescue ministries can be in their service to God and to those in need.

To register now for Citygate Network Accreditation, visit www.citygatenetwork.org/accreditationreg and fill out the form today.

Benefits of Citygate Network Accreditation

  1. Demonstrate the Ministry’s Commitment to Excellence
    Organizations that rely on donated income to fund their operations are responsible to God and their contributors for what has been entrusted to them. By fulfilling the requirements of this accreditation program, a ministry demonstrates its commitment to accountability and to excellence in all its activities.
  2. Confirm That the Ministry Is Well-Managed
    Churches, pastors, donors, and the local community expect the ministry’s board and staff to provide a healthy environment for those it serves. Through the in-depth self-analysis of the accreditation program, a definite effort is made to investigate the concerns of the ministry’s total operation. Ministries involved in the accreditation process evaluate their operations using established industry standards for a well-managed rescue ministry.
  3. Ensure Good Stewardship of the Ministry’s Resources
    The accreditation process involves a ministry in an in-depth review of its operations. In a very real sense, the accreditation program serves the same function as the management audit in the business world. Ineffective operational policies, duplicated efforts, and other time- and energy- wasting procedures are often identified. Areas of weakness that demand upgrading are often uncovered. This review can also provide confirmation for areas that are operating correctly. The outcome of this process is better stewardship of the ministry’s assets and resources, often leading to substantial savings of time and money.
  4. Gain the Input and Support of a Trusted Rescue Ministry Leader
    Upon a ministry’s enrollment, Citygate Network assigns an accreditation program consultant to assist it in fulfilling the program’s requirements. Consultants have extensive experience in rescue mission leadership. This dialogue with a trusted ministry professional provides mission leaders the opportunity to confidently raise questions, explore possibilities, and discuss problems that may not normally be addressed.
  5. Promote Trust among the Ministry’s Donors and Potential Supporters
    Today, many donors seek credentials or evidence of quality, such as the ECFA membership symbol. Accreditation is Citygate Network’s “seal of approval” that adds extra credibility to a local ministry. This can be extremely important when approaching donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies that may potentially provide resources or services to the ministry.
  6. Promote a Sense of Ownership among All Involved with the Ministry
    The process of accreditation is a collaborative effort, involving, ideally, all of the ministry’s staff members, as well as its board of directors and volunteers. The result will be an increased awareness of the ministry’s operations as a whole and the unique role each individual plays. This process can promote a healthy sense of ownership, increasing staff unity and giving those involved a greater vision for all that God can accomplish through their efforts.
  7. Confirm That the Ministry Is Properly Accountable to Authorities
    All nonprofit organizations are accountable to the Internal Revenue Service/Revenue Canada and to various state/provincial and local governmental agencies and inspectors. To be accredited, a ministry must thoroughly review its compliance with the regulations, laws, and ordinances to which it must adhere. Failure to comply with these could cost a ministry its reputation and the support of its community. It could also result in a loss of tax-exempt status and could cause it to be subject to various fines and penalties.
  8. Reduce Exposure to Potential Legal and Liability Problems
    Insurance companies look favorably on organizations that have established programs for self-monitoring and documented safety procedures as required by the Citygate Network Certification Program. Certification is an effective risk-management program that significantly decreases a ministry’s exposure to potential legal and liability problems. What's more, insurance premium discounts are available for Citygate Network-certified member ministries through the Network’s Rescue Mission Insurance Program.
  9. Public Recognition of Accreditation
    Member ministries that complete the accreditation process are presented with a certificate (at our Annual Conference, when possible), which they may prominently display at their facilities. What's more, accredited members are recognized as such within our online member directory. Accredited members are granted permission to use the Citygate Network Accreditation logo on literature and websites, linking members to an esteemed, widely recognized brand. Members that have been awarded accreditation may request the logo.