Sierra District Conference

September 24-26
Long Beach, California
Courtyard Long Beach Downtown


Citygate Network’s Sierra District Conference will return to a live format this year in Long Beach, California, with the theme Encouraging the Calling. You won’t want your team to miss this event, jam-packed with education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district. The conference will also include a dinner and tour of Long Beach Rescue Mission, hosted by Robert Probst, executive director.

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

Lodging: Courtyard Long Beach Downtown

Our location will be the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, situated near the water, a marina, and numerous parks and beaches. Also in the area, you can tour the retired RMS Queen Mary ocean liner and museum, the waterfront Aquarium of the Pacific featuring touch tanks and a shark lagoon, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Or stroll through the vintage boutiques and restaurants dotting this trendy California beach city. Think of this conference as a chance to retreat from the everyday grind, refresh your mind, team, and ministry. 

The program will include speakers and seminars, resource tables, and three meals (dinner Tuesday, lunch and dinner Wednesday), as well as plenty of opportunities to connect. 

Click here to book your room online and receive the Citygate Network discounted rate. You can also call the hotel directly at (562) 435-8511 or (800) 321-2211 to make your reservation. Our block rate is $149 for a single or double room and will be available until September 3. There is a discounted parking rate of $18.

The $179 registration fee includes all programming and outlined meals.


Theme: Encouraging the Call
September 24-26, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and check-in (Couryard Downtown Marriott
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner and Opening General Session

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Prior to 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast on own
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Devotional-Jeff Levine
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
General Session
10:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
Sponsor break
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Sponsor break
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Track Seminars 1:
  • Compassion, Fatigue, and Self Care
  • Crisis Communication for Leaders
    Steve Ruppe, Ruppe Public Relations
  • Strategic Partnerships with Local Government
    Jeff Schlieder, Orange County Rescue Mission
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Track Seminars 2:
  • Preparing Our Clients for Success: From Resumes to Independent Living
    John Zimmerman—LBRM
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
    Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission
  • Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development
    Jodi Masters, SEED
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sponsor break
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Track Seminars 3:
  • Providing Emergency Shelter and Safety to Human Trafficking Survivors
    Derrick Burton, Orange County Rescue Mission
  • Preventing Leadership Burnout
    Don Eskes, Citygate Network
  • Digital Fundraising: What’s New, What Working, and Where is the Industry Going?
    Rhonda Moore—Brewer Direct
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free time (optional activities)
5:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
General Session at LBRM
Tour of LBRM followed by dinner in our dining kitchen
Speaker–Long Beach Police Dept. Quality of Life Team
Worship–Brent George, Long Beach Rescue Mission

Thursday, September 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast on your own
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Closing General Session
Speaker–John Saltee, Ventura Rescue Mission
Worship–Kendall Rene

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,

$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  
$179.00 Mission Member Rate
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/26/2019
$179.00 Sponsor Rate (Display table or sponsorship purchase also required)
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/26/2019
$235.00 Non-Member Mission Rate
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/26/2019