Sierra District Conference

September 12 - 14, 2023
Woodland Hills, California
Shepherd Church


Citygate Network’s Sierra District is excited to gather at Shepherd Church, 5901 DeSoto Avenue, Woodland Hills, California, September 12 – 14, 2023. This year's host, Hope the Mission, will share the innovative models and approaches they've implemented, including tiny home communities, warehouse conversions, hotel renovations, and more.

Gift your team with this focused and inspired getaway, designed to enrich and connect mission and ministry staff from throughout our region. Come engage in mutual learning and fellowship around the theme of innovation in key areas of ministry.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour several of Hope the Mission's remarkable sites, and to hear from leaders of other innovative missions. Our time together will include inspirational messaging about innovation, as well as breakout groups, panels, and plenty of time for connection and fellowship with peers who do what you do in nearby communities.

The $45 registration fee covers all programming, 2 breakfasts (Sept.13-14), lunch and dinner (Sept.13), and tours during the conference.

Theme: Innovation

Innovative strategies in times of crisis, in marketing, partnerships, and housing presented by one of Citygate Network's largest members and host mission, Hope the Mission.

Lodging: Two Hotel Options

Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills

Participants can enjoy a newly re-energized and refreshed northern Los Angeles hotel, located at 21850 W. Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, CA. Enjoy the stylish amenities, including an indoor and outdoor pool.

The room rate is $179/night, plus tax. This special rate has been extended to August 25! Click here to reserve a room online, or call the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills at (818) 887-4800 to make your reservation. Use group code Hope the Mission Room Block.

Best Western

Or you can enjoy a conveniently located hotel at 21830 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, CA, featuring well-appointed rooms and a secluded pool.

The room rate is $169.99/night, plus tax. This special rate is available through August 12. Click here to reserve a room online, or call the Best Western at (818) 340-1000 to make your reservation. Use group code Hope the Mission Room Block.

The $45 conference registration fee includes programming, four meals, and local mission tours during the conference!


September 12 – 14, 2023

Shepherd Church, Woodland Hills Campus
5901 DeSoto Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Tuesday, September 12

   Travel Morning

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Registration Opens at Shepherd Church
Distribution of badges, itinerary, and information sheets

6:00 p.m. 


Welcome - Jeff Gilman, District President

  • Opening Prayer - Ken Craft
  • Food Trucks - optional dinner purchase
  • Music and Networking in the Parking Lot

7:00 p.m. 


Doors Open
Montage Video

  • Who is Hope the Mission? - Ken Craft and Rowan Vansleve

7:35 p.m. 


Innovation Awards - Rowan Vansleve



8:00 p.m. 


Innovation in Times of Crisis - Ken Craft

8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Innovation Q&A Session - Rowan Vansleve and Panel

Closing Words  

Wednesday, September 13


7:40 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.


Morning Prayer  - Robert Rush III

7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Network and Coffee 
Grab and Go Breakfast - Lobby

8:30 a.m. 


Morning Horror Story - Rowan Vansleve

9:00 a.m. 


Innovation in Marketing- Ken Craft, Rowan Vansleve 


  • Lisa Chastain - Gospel Rescue Mission
  • Nathan Freehand - Fresno Rescue Mission

10:30 a.m. 


Breakout Sessions or Tours

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


Lunch & Learn
Small Group Networking with Leaders

  • Troy Vaughn  - LA Mission
  • Carlos Baldovinos - The Mission at Kern County

1:00 p.m. 


Innovation in Partnerships - Ken Craft



  • Carlos Baldovinos - The Mission at Kern County
  • Troy Vaughn - Los Angeles Mission

2:30 p.m. 


Breakout Sessions or Tours

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Dinner at Hope HQ
Dinner, music, tour, networking - Hope the Mission

Transportation Provided

Thursday, September14



7:30 a.m.


Morning Prayer - Robert Rush III

7:40 a.m.


Network and Coffee 
Grab and Go Breakfast - Lobby

8:30 a.m.


Morning Horror Story/Hope Story - Rowan Vansleve

9:00 a.m.


Innovation in Housing - Ken Craft


  • TBD
  • TBD

10:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions or Tours

12:30 p.m.


End of Conference
Closing Remarks

1:00 p.m.


Optional: Additional Tours



For Citygate Network business members, there are two levels of sponsorships for this event. Sign up using the Purchase link 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

$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 percent cancellation fee.

Online registration is not available at this time.