Great Lakes District Conference

September 13-15, 2022
Shipshewana, Indiana
Blue Gate Garden Inn


You don’t want to miss out on the Great Lakes District Conference this year! Gather your team and make your way to this event, filled with fellowship, education, inspiration, and networking designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout the district.

Programming will include a seminar on working with outside agencies and an update from the Alliance Defending Freedom. We'll have speakers, resource tables, and five meals together (dinner Tuesday, September 13, through breakfast Thursday, September 15), with plenty of opportunities to make new friendships and deepen relationships.

Theme: From Crisis to Thriving

After two years of living through the pandemic crisis, where do we go from here?

2 Chronicles 7:14

Keynote Speakers


Dick McMillen
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission and City Vision University

Dick McMillen is CEO Emeritus of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission and a Partnership Coordinator at City Vision University. Dick also serves as a coach for Citygate Network's Ripple Effect, a board training program offered to Citygate Network members.


Harrison Smith, Sr. Regional Alliance Director
Alliance Defending Freedom, Atlanta, GA

Harrison has been with Alliance Defending Freedom for over 8 years. His passion for the Gospel and interest in law and current affairs and how those intersect allows him to enthusiastically communicate with others. Harrison works with major ministry and denomination leaders across the country on religious liberty issues to ensure that the body of Christ understands the current cultural and legal climate, and knows how to respond using the resources available to them through ADF. His heart is to see the Church boldly proclaim the truth of the Gospel in our day.

Lodging: Blue Gate Garden Inn

This year’s conference will again take place in the heart of Amish country at the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana. The small-town venue is the perfect place for you and your team to refresh and renew. Whether you choose to relax and soak up the quiet, or decide to visit the Midwest’s largest free flea market [open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.], the change of scenery will do you good.

Our discounted room rate is $113/night plus tax for a single or double room. Click here for online reservation instructions or call the Blue Gate Garden Inn at (800) 545-4725 and ask for reservations and the discounted Citygate Network rate. Be sure to register by August 12 to get the discounted rate!

The $129 conference registration fee includes all programming and five meals.


From Crisis to Thriving
September 13-15, 2022

Tuesday, September 13


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Seminar 1
Choice of:

  • Development – Douglas Shaw
  • Discrimination – What’s Legal, What’s Not and Why it Matters – Brian Merriam
  • Programs:
    Development – Blue Dawg

5:30 p.m


Dick McMillen

Wednesday, September 14


8:00 a.m.



9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Seminar 2
Choice of:

  • Development – Master Works
  • Thrift – Make Financial Donors Out of Customers and Donors to Your Social Enterprise – SMCo Thrift
  • Programs:
    CEO – Working with Outside Agencies – Donovan

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Seminar 3
Choice of:

  • Development – BDI
  • Thrift – Expand the Awareness of Your Mission in Each Interaction at Your Social Enterprise – SMCo Thrift
  • Live Mock Trial Part 1 – Brian Merriam

12:00 p.m.



1:30 p.m. - 2:30p.m.


Alliance Defending Freedom
Harrison Smith

2:30 p.m. - 5:30p.m.


Free Time

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Dick McMillen

Thursday, September 15


8:00 a.m.


Breakfast/Devotion Johnson Spring Building Room 3 A/C

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Seminar 4
Choice of:

  • Development – Milwaukee Direct
  • Programs:
    Mock Trial Part 2 – Brian Merriam
    CEO – Staff Health – Rick Alvis

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Dick McMillen

11:30 a.m.


End of Conference



For Citygate Network business members, there are three levels of sponsorships available at the conference, and sponsor sign-up is located at the bottom of this page. Please note that sponsors must be in membership with Citygate Network, and a sponsorship or display table purchase is required in order to attend. To participate in the conference sessions and/or meals, you will also need to register as an attendee. If you have additional questions, please email Sam Edwards,

$700–Primary Sponsor SOLD

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

$400–Break Sponsor SOLD

  • Handout during break
  • Display table during conference

$250–Table Sponsor SOLD

  • Display table during conference

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.

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
fee ends 9/15/2022
$129.00 Sponsor Rate (Includes 5 meals beginning with dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday); display table or sponsorship purchase also required
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/15/2022
$169.00 Non-Member Rate (Includes 5 meals beginning with dinner Tuesday through breakfast Thursday)
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/15/2022