Missions and kindred ministries have a long history of providing lifelines for those drowning in the waves of adversity and the undertow of addiction. For more than a century, they have been keeping watch on the waterfront of despair, and countless men, women, and children have been saved in every sense of the word.
If you are providing direct service to individuals in destitute conditions or desperate situations, a Citygate Network mission/ministry membership is for you. Following is a current list of helpful member benefits. Additions and modifications occur on a regular basis as ministry environments change.
NOTE: Some of our most popular and appreciated benefits are highlighted in yellow. An asterisk indicates that additional costs are involved.
Instigate-Bi-monthly industry-wide magazine covering all aspects of programming and operations.
2Prevail-Wisdom for executive directors/CEOs to enhance their leadership impact, overcome daily challenges in ministry, and expand the prevalence of God-given responsibilities.
Street Smart-Twice-a-month e-newsletter with network and industry news, statistics, Scripture lesson, and employment opportunities.
Street Smart Express-Random email bulletins blasted to all members or appropriate groups of members with breaking news or reminders.
Refresh: Encouragement for your Soul-Monthly devotional tailored to Citygate Network members from our partners at Our Daily Bread.
Up to Date-Front-page news about issues affecting life-transformation ministries, including poverty, homelessness, health, and more.
Regional Coordinators-support from a seasoned practitioner who can provide a listening ear, encouragement, insight, and connections.
District President/VP-fellow mission/ministry leaders who help build regional, “grass roots” community through sharing opportunities and an annual local gathering.
Annual Conference and Exposition*-Inspiring event-of-the-year with general sessions, scores of seminars, and an exhibit hall, geared for everyone ministering to people who are hungry, homeless, abused, or addicted.
CEO Summit*-Annual think tank, networking opportunities, and “ironsharpening” sessions at a relaxing venue for ministry CEOs.
DC Forum*-Yearly gathering where the staff of member organizations can meet with their own elected officials, hear from policy experts, and receive training.
District Conferences*-Multiple educational and fellowship events held on the local level across nine regional territories.
Global City Mission Network*-International partnership and fact-finding Worldwide Forum held every three years, usually overseas.
Continuing Degree Studies*-Member discounts for urban ministry and management classes toward undergraduate degrees and certificates through Cairn University and City Vision University.
Seminary Education*-Discounted tuition to The Urban Ministry Institute's (TUMI) seminary program, offering associate degrees for mission staff and clients.
Webinars-Online training sessions that call quick attention to the newest ideas and theories in leadership and ministry.
Recordings*-Through Piper Media, recordings of a host of outstanding seminar presenters and general session speakers from Citygate Network conferences.
Ripple Effect*-Citygate Network's board performance acceleration program, which provides a permanent framework for board excellence to strongly influence each participating organization's present and future board members.
Abuse Recovery Training*-Through Citygate Network's partnership with Abuse Recovery Ministry Services (ARMS), an exclusive discount on facilitator training, plus access to webinars and other resources.
Professional Networks-Vocation-based affinity groups for those involved in addiction recovery, business management, food service, and other areas. Groups meet at the Annual Conference and Exposition and network online year-round.
Connect Groups-Online discussion forums for more than 20 professional peer groups within the network, as well as regional connections.
Directory of Member Ministries-Up-to-date listing of member organizations, including contact information, CEO names, locator maps, self-identified program list, volunteer and donor links, and much more.
Business Member Directory-Quick connection to ministry partners in the business world that offer relevant products and services.
Individual Member Directory-Searchable and up-to-date database of individual members who lead and staff ministries in Citygate Network membership.
Resources Library-Rolling collection of sample policies, job descriptions, plans, and other documents categorized by staff member responsibility
Career Center-Online portal where members can list employment classifieds and full job descriptions; applicants can submit résumés to member ministries online.
Citygate Network Archives-Documents and publications from the rich history of the network.
Position Papers-Positional documents presenting a Christian response to various hot topics and social concerns.
Toolkits-How-to documents outlining various steps a member ministry can take to address challenging concerns.
Best Practices-Documents detailing processes that can help ministries operate more efficiently and effectively while increasing accountability.
Surveys-Annual industry snapshot of member ministries, plus tabulated info on salaries, trends, services, expressed needs, and more.
Accreditation*-Confirmation process verifying legal requisites met and standards achieved in every area of operation and recognizing and awarding best practices that are most appreciated by local communities.
Nehemiah Award-Given annually to a standout individual in membership who has exhibited extraordinary efforts to address the brokenness in his or her city and restore its property and people.
Citygate Award-Given annually to a mission team whose creativity in designs and programs is challenging old paradigms and making major advances in ministry
Marilyn Farmer Women in Leadership Award-Given annually to a woman in ministry whose successful leadership exhibits strength, confidence, grace, and humility.
Media Innovation Competition-Annual contest giving recognition to “bestin-show” member photos, brochures, newsletters, websites, and more.
Outcomes-A coordinated effort to codify, collect, and share program outcome data across member ministries. The data is used to improve programs and influences legislation.
Citygate Network Helpline-Over-the-phone and email guidance for members needing assistance with specific problems or unusual situations.
Leadership Team Site Visits*-Phase-one analysis and recommendations on key issues from Citygate Network staff and key leaders.
Board Development Sessions*-In-depth on-site board training in trends, responsibilities, and conflict resolution.
Regional Coordinators-Territorially based former mission and ministry CEOs serving as field staff, available to provide over-the-phone or on-site consultation and mentoring, and even interim leadership.
Leadership Program*-Through a partnership with Arrow Leadership, discounts on the Arrow Leadership Program, Sharpening Leaders Initiative, and other resources.
Food Service*-Cost-saving program through Trinity/HPSI, helping members reduce expenses on food and non-durable goods.
Property and Liability Insurance*-Industry advocacy and reduced-rate possibilities, plus member-involved insurance committee through Gallagher Insurance.
Re-employment-Free, exclusive access through NextJob to industry-leading software that coaches job-seeking clients through the employment process.
Financial Credibility-ECFA application fee is waived for Citygate Network members, as are the costs for many ECFA webinars.
Planned Giving*-Free and discounted planned giving services offered through an exclusive partnership with Orchard Alliance.
Security and Protection*-Free initial consults and access to training videos, along with discounts on various items through Alexander Security and Protection.
Guide to Ministries and Services-Searchable database of member missions, including program descriptions, to help the public find needed services.
Social Networking-Regular social media messages promoting life transformation ministry and member organizations.
Public Awareness Campaigns-Major collaborations drawing attention to the broken and forgotten, and to members' work and needs.
Local Initiatives*-City and community programs like Sleepless and My Night in a Box to unite people and rally support on all levels.
Interviews and Releases-Citygate Network press involvement, PSAs, and YouTube links calling attention to issues surrounding the most vulnerable in society.
Rescuer Award-Association-branded certificate for members to thank and honor their most faithful volunteers, board members, and staff.
Government Engagement-Citygate Network staff regularly connect with government officials in promoting member interests in Washington, D.C.
Legislative Alerts-Online information flagging key legislative agendas and recommended actions.
Faith and Giving Coalition-As a founding member of the Faith and Giving Coalition, Citygate Network advocates for members to protect charitable giving and keeps them up to date on matters affecting resource development.
Studies and Research-Case studies and in-depth research on issues touching life transformation ministry on national and local levels.
On-Call Attorney-Free 20-minute initial consultation with an attorney who has extensive experience in nonprofit law.
Discounted Counsel*-Nonprofit law attorney available to members at reduced rates for expert guidance through difficult situations.
Legal Review-Citygate Network-commissioned analysis of policies and documents to assess members' legal risks.
Legal Representation*-Discounted membership to Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that represents Christian ministries in defense of religious liberties.
Expansion-Give and go opportunities to help new ministries come to life in important places of need in various locations.
International Partnerships-Established connections with city missions on other continents for the purpose of swapping staff and sharing ideas.
Logo-Permission to use the Citygate Network logo on literature and websites, linking members to an esteemed, widely recognized brand.
Membership Certificate-Document suitable for framing showing connection with the association.