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 (Courtyard Downtown Marriott-Atlantic Ballroom Foyer)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner and Opening General Session (Atlantic Ballroom)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Prior to 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast on your own
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Devotional-Jeff Levine (Pacific B)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
General Session (Atlantic Ballroom)
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 (Pacific B)
    Steve Peterson, The Mission at Kern County
  • Crisis Communication for Leaders (Pacific C)
    Steve Ruppe, Ruppe Public Relations
  • Strategic Partnerships with Local Government (Atlantic Ballroom)
    Jeff Schlieder, Orange County Rescue Mission
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with Professional Networks
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Track Seminars 2:
  • Preparing Our Clients for Success: From Resumes to Independent Living (Pacific B)
    John Zimmerman—Long Beach Rescue Mission
  • Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Development (Pacific C)
    Jodi Masters, SEED
  • Building Collaborative Relationships (Atlantic Ballroom)
    Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission
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 (Pacific B)
    Derrick Burton, Orange County Rescue Mission
  • Preventing Leadership Burnout (Pacific C)
    Don Eskes, Citygate Network
  • Digital Fundraising: What’s New, What Working, and Where is the Industry Going? (Atlantic Ballroom)
    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 Long Beach Rescue Mission 
Tour of Long Beach Rescue Mission followed by dinner 
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 County 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


Online registration is not available at this time.