Evergreen District Conference

October 4 - 5, 2023
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children


Join us in beautiful Coeur d’Alene for this year’s Evergreen District Conference, October 4 - 5 at the Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children. Gather your team as we fellowship with others from throughout the district for this time of refreshing. Be encouraged and inspired through targeted discussions in profession groups around a rich assortment of topics applicable to us all. See the schedule below for further information.

The $55 registration fee includes all conference programming, two meals (lunch on October 4 and 5), and an optional mission tour.

We'll offer an optional, pre-conference event: Potential Medical & Psychiatric Supports for Client Success on Tuesday, October 3, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The $65 fee includes training, materials, and lunch. There are still a few spots left!

Learn from credentialed, experienced professionals who will dive deep into three session topics:

  • Session I - Medical Assistance for Treatment: Any Positive Opportunities?
  • Session II - Promoting Stability and Success for Those with Mental Illness/Trauma
  • This session includes: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS); Prescribed Mental Health Supports; EMDR Therapy in a Mission Counseling Context; Vivitrol: What is it and How Could it be Appropriately Applied in a Mission?

This pre-conference event has limited space so don't wait to click this event with your conference registration. If you have already registered for the conference, please contact the Citygate Network office to add this pre-conference event to your registration: 1-719-266-8300.



Keynote Speakers 

Mike Johnson

Herb Smith

Phil Altmeyer


Have you ever needed encouragement to continue running the race and fighting the good fight in your ministry? Come listen to how God has sustained three seasoned ministry veterans with over 100 years of combined, full-time kingdom service!


Best Western Inn Plus

Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn
506 W. Appleway Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Please call 208-765-3200 for reservations as the online system is not providing the discounted rate. Ask for Andrea at ext. 318 or Nicole at ext. 317

$120 per night 


  • Complimentary full breakfast
  • Indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub
  • Onsite gym
  • In-room refrigerator

Call and ask for Andrea or Nicole, and request the group rate under "Citygate District Conference." 


October 4 - 5, 2023

Topics will include: Culture and Retention of Staff; Serious Mental Illness; Safe Storytelling; Work Therapy as Workforce Development; Enterprise as C.E.; Program Graduate Employment; and more!

Wednesday, October 4, 2023


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Worship and Devotional




10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Main Session

10:45 a.m.. - 12:00 p.m.


Profession Groups I

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Profession Groups II




2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Profession Groups III
Group Work




3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Main Session

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Dinner on Your Own

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Worship and Ministry

Thursday, October 5, 2023


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Worship and Devotional




9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Main Session




11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Profession Groups IV

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

  Profession Groups V
What Now? Work Group


 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  

Main Session - Wrap Up


Topics for Profession Groups

Generations:Our workplaces now have team members from multiple generations with tremendous differences in outlook and approach. How can we get be largest benefit from this dynamic, and guard against the most damaging consequences? John Ashmen as special Zoom guest from 1:00-1:45

Safe storytelling:Has your mission seen a “jinx effect” when a client is featured in direct mail or newsletter? How do we tell our clients’ transformation without jeopardizing their recovery? Hear what some Missions are doing and how it’s working.

Serving Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):Your Mission will have clients who try to make themselves the focus of every staff member’s time, focus, and energy. They can’t seem to live under rules or in systems. What are the basic indicators the BPD might be the cause, and what do we do? Dena Johnson returns.

Brandan Thomas returns to lead a practical session about serving clients in shelter who are grappling with serious mental illness. This should be a time of special value for the shelter affinity group.

Culture and Retention of staff:This session will identify therealdrivers of culture and retention, and how to maximize their impact at your ministry. Joined via Zoom by BCWI representative.

  • What are “the 8 keys” and how did BCWI get to know their weights?
  • What are workers saying about their needs through this data?
  • Where is effort best spent? What has BCWI seen over time in their work with missions?

Program Graduate Employment:What are the best ways to ensure that we are helping and not hurting when we employ program graduates? What jobs can actually be dangerous for our graduates? What are the best employer practices for our graduates?

Work Therapy as workforce development:What deficiencies are employers reporting in workers, and how can we use this information to maximize the value of work therapy for developing your clients?

Trial & Error:Finding a healthy relationship with programs to avoid the all-too-common development v programs (and other departments) when the organization in relating to one client within two purposes. Hear from Hilary, who’s done both.

Leveraging in-kind contributions:how do we maximize (and account for) this opportunity?

Rendering unto Caesar:how do we deal with the government? What is your mission experiencing? What are the trends, opportunities and warning signs?

Donor acquisition among volunteers:how can (or, should) we help those donating time & talent also donate treasure?

Success:what does it mean and how do we measure it?

Intake evaluation screening:how does your front door work, how wide is it, and what are we screening in/out?

Alcazar vs Archbishop of Seattle:Did you know that your ministerial employees are exempt from wage & hour laws? What are the benefits and pitfalls?

Christianity in the Enterprise:What are all the ways our faith should or could express itself in mission enterprises?


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 percent cancellation fee.

Online registration is not available at this time.