Great Lakes District Conference

When
September 17-19
2019
Where
Shipshewana, Indiana
Blue Gate Garden Inn

 

You don’t want to miss out on the Great Lakes District Conference version 2019!  Hitch up your team and make your way to this event, jam-packed with education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district. 

This event is intentionally loaded with opportunities to build relationships and to foster learning among your team, as well as with others in similar roles, facing similar challenges in their work. Because this conference takes place within your district, many staff members who can’t attend Citygate Network’s Annual Conference can benefit from interaction and education pertinent to them. 

Programming will include speakers and seminars, resource tables, and five meals (dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday), as well as plenty of opportunities to connect. 

Lodging

The year’s conference will take place in the heart of Amish country again at the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana. The simplicity and beauty of the small-town venue and area will allow you to retreat from the everyday grind, as well as refresh your mind, team, and ministry. Whether you choose to relax and soak up the quiet, or you decide to visit the Midwest’s largest flea market filled with hand-crafted wares, the change of scenery will do you good. 

Call the Blue Gate Garden Inn at (260) 768-4725 to make your reservation (ask for the discounted Citygate Network rate). Our rate is $106.00 for a single or double room and will be available until August 20, 2019.

 The $129 registration fee includes all programming and meals.


Schedule

Theme: Harvest Season
September 17-19, 2019

Harvest Season is a time to reap what we’ve sown. That means we work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor. This is especially true when our efforts are well-coordinated and delivered in faith. From turning the soil (planning), to watering (nurturing relationships), to recovery and redemption (prayer, discipleship, friendships), let’s enjoy working the fields God has put before us.

Tuesday, September 17

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration and check-in
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner
Opening General Session
Speaker-Rev. Dr. Ray Hylton, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
Worship-Jeremy Williams
8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ice cream social on patio—sponsored by AKA Direct

Wednesday, September 18

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast (on your own at buffet—included with room)
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session
Speaker-Rev. Dr. Ray Hylton, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
Worship-Jeremy Williams
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Track Seminars 1:
  • Teaching Clients to Use Critical Thinking
    Chris Hedlund, program director, Hope Gospel Mission
  • Landlords and the Homeless—avoiding legal issues
    Michael Hurst, attorney, Indiana Legal Services
  • Managing Expectations Toward Millenials in Regard to Development—Jonathan VanOss, AKA Direct
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m
Snack break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Track Seminars 2:
  • Start with your "Why?" 
    Dennis VanKampen, CEO, Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Current Culture Trends Affecting Missions and Othe Ministries
    John Ashmen, president, Citygate Network
  • Professional Development Plans for All Staff
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch with professional networks
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Track Seminars 3:
  • Building a Better Widget: Solutions-based social enterprise
  • Building a Low Barrier Campus
    Adrienne Goodstal, vice president of programs, Mel Trotter Ministries
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Free time
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner and General Session
Speaker-Rev. Dr. Ray Hylton, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
Worship-Jeremy Williams

Thursday, September 19

7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast (on your own at buffet—included with room)
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Closing General Session
Speaker-Rev. Dr. Ray Hylton, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
Worship-Jeremy Williams
Prayer and send-off

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so with no penalty up to two weeks before the event. Cancellations requested less than two weeks before the event will result in a 30% cancellation fee.

Sponsorships (All Full)

For Citygate Network business members, there are three levels of sponsorships available at the conference. Sponsor sign-up is located at the bottom of this page. A sponsorship or display table is required in order to attend. Please note that sponsors must be in membership with Citygate Network. If you plan to participate in the conference sessions and/or meals, you will need to register as an attendee in addition to purchasing your sponsorship. If you have additional questions, please email Stacie Hughes, shughes@citygatenetwork.org.

$700–Primary Sponsor 

  • Address attendees during one of the general sessions
  • Handouts during the speaking opportunity
  • Display table during conference 

$400–Break Sponsor 

  • Handout during break
  • Display table during conference 

$250–Table Sponsor 

  • Display table during conference

Event Fees

To begin the registration process, please click Register below. If you are registering a group, you will be able to select your registrants and fees after you log in.

Amount Description  
$129.00 Mission Member Rate (Includes 5 meals beginning with dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday)
No Restrictions
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fee ends 9/19/2019
$129.00 Sponsor Rate (Includes 5 meals beginning with dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday); display table or sponsorship purchase also required
No Restrictions
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fee ends 9/19/2019
$169.00 Non-Member Rate (Includes 5 meals beginning with dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday)
No Restrictions
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fee ends 9/19/2019