Bluegrass District Conference

September 17-19
Ridgecrest, North Carolina
Ridgecrest Conference Center

Join your Bluegrass colleagues for spiritual refreshment, stimulating workshops, and plenary sessions on subjects that are of interest (and importance) to everyone, especially downline staff—critical team members who need the opportunity for inspiration, fellowship, and networking with people who have similar roles at other missions.

Conference Lodging

Ridgecrest Conference Center is less than a day’s drive from more than 15 states, sitting conveniently just off Interstate 40 outside bustling Asheville, but once you enter the gates, you’ll feel like you’re miles away from the rest of the world. Cradled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Ridgecrest’s 1,300 acres invite you to leave your cares at the gate and join with colleagues for a few days of inspiration, education and networking!

Single person rooms are $99 per night and double occupancy rooms are $119 per night. Click here to reserve your room. 

1 Ridgecrest Dr
Ridgecrest, NC 28770

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marcus Warner

Dr. Marcus Warner has served as president of Deeper Walk International since 2006. He is a former pastor and Bible professor (Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind.) with a doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Marcus is the primary teacher at Deeper Walk seminars and has written a number of books, including Toward a Deeper Walk, Understanding the Wounded Heart, Rare Leadership, Deeper Walk Guide to the Bible, and What Every Believer Should Know About Spiritual Warfare, among others.

About Our Theme: Momentum

Vector and thrust. By definition, to have momentum, we need direction and some oomph to move us down that path—vector and thrust. So easily can we lose our focus and get off track. Often we understand where we need to head but have little impetus to actually GO and DO. The keynote addresses will inform us and energize us with ideas and tips to equip us for the journey ahead—all firmly anchored in Scripture.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, September 17

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Registration and Check-in

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

District Conference Opening Dinner

Dining Room

6:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Opening Session (Jim Henry Auditorium-Mt. Laurel Building)

  • Opening Remarks and Introductions
  • Worship and Prayer
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Local Client Story

8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Optional Activity

Tuesday, September 18

7:15 a.m.–8:15 a.m.


8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

General Session

  • District Officer Greeting and Citygate Network Announcement
  • Worship
  • Keynote Speaker

9:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Seminar #1

  • Work as Worship
  • Organizational Culture
  • Using Medicaid to Fund Services

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Seminar #2

  • Remaining Effective in Your Role
  • Client Progression (Part 1 of 2)
  • Risk Management is for Everyone!

2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Seminar #3

  • Major Gift Fundraising 
  • Client Progression Model (Part 2 of 2)
  • Community Partnership

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Free time (Optional Activities) 

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.


6:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Evening General Session

  • Worship
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Client Story

8:15 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Optional Activity

Wednesday, September 19

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.


8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Closing General Session

  • Worship and Devotional
  • Panel Discussion So What??? 
    • Did you learn?
    • Do you want to know more about?
    • Will you begin implementing or adjusting?
    • Can't you wait to share with others?
  • Keynote Address


10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Pack-up and Check-out

11:00 a.m.

Lunch  (closing words and a boxed lunch)

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.



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 Malcomn Mitchell,

$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


Sponsorship Opportunities

To purchase a sponsorship package please select one of the following sponsor fees below.

Amount Description  
$250.00 Display Table
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/19/2018
$700.00 Primary Sponsor
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/19/2018

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  
$109.00 Mission Member Rate (Includes 6 meals starting with dinner on Monday through lunch on Wednesday)
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/19/2018
$109.00 Sponsor Rate (Includes 6 meals starting with dinner on Monday through lunch on Wednesday); display table or sponsorship purchase also required
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/19/2018
$139.00 Non-Member Rate (Includes 6 meals starting with dinner on Monday through lunch on Wednesday)
No Restrictions
fee ends 9/19/2018