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the Gathering 2009...Be There! Print Email
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Thursday, 30 October 2008 04:54 PM America/New_York
Friday, November 7, 2009
A Note From the Publisher of Christian Retailing
– Dave Condiff
The Gathering 2009 – It’s About You!
January 7 – 9, 2009   Orlando Florida
Bringing Together Retailers Who Are Called To Make a Difference!
It’s about You!
We Need You! Christian Retailing has been serving you – the Christian Retailer for 53 years. We have been providing You – the retailer – with a FREE Trade publication that is dedicated to providing you with the information you need to operate your store successfully. What’s NEW? What’s Hot? What’s on Sale? Who is doing what? Working to connect everyone together!
Christian Retailing is calling together You – our readers – to the kind of event you expect from a trusted friend. In an unprecedented effort by our publication, we are pulling out all of the stops to focus on some of the basic needs you have to survive and thrive in today’s economic realities. Bringing together more than 100 of the industry’s suppliers - we begin The Gathering 2009 with a call to prayer to pray for You and your store. We invite you - store owners, managers, frontline staff, authors & artists, CEO’s, Pastors, marketing specialists, and everyone else who is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission to join us for this special time. We know that where two or more of you are gathered – Christ will be in our midst and that He can show us the wisdom we need to meet any challenge!
It all starts with a call to our industry to pray specifically for stores. On Wednesday, January 7th, 10:30am eastern, we are inviting stores to join us for a time when we pray over every part of our industry – with focus on stores. We call on you to send in a photo of your store as we pray specifically for the challenges you are facing. We ask you to send in a photo of you and your staff that we can add to our prayer wall. This wall will be in the center of every event that is scheduled at The Gathering 2009. After the event – we will move your photo’s to our offices so we can continue praying for you.  Want more information? Click Here
It’s About Training!
We have prepared a training lineup dedicated to help you focus on challenges you face so you can be better prepared to operate your store with success!   These sessions can make an immediate impact on your store operation and its effectiveness. The sessions include leaders from every part of our industry sharing ideas that are all focused on making your store relevant and successful. These sessions bring some of our best thinking in many areas from stores and leaders recognized for providing some of our industries best practices. Look at the lists of sessions we have planned – and you will want to attend several that are all happening at the same time. So bring along a team member to join you in sharpening up your operation! Click Here to see what sessions are scheduled.
It’s About Buying!
Coming out of the Christmas season will demand that you replenish your store from the sales at your store that occurred from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Years. Can you think of a better time to restock than at The Gathering 2009 where 100 suppliers will offer you extra discounts and billing terms and shipping offers? You can more than pay for your trip to Orlando by bringing along purchase orders to restock your store. You will also meet some NEW suppliers that will be offering Show Specials to help you add some New and fresh inventory to your store at a time when you may have the most available cash. The Gathering 2009 will actually pay you cash to spend time on the exhibit floor – building relationships with new and trusted suppliers (Click Here for info about our Amazing Race Promotion). Click Here to See who is Exhibiting at The Gathering 2009.  
It’s Inspiring!
From praying to worshipping to learning to buying to fellowship together – we offer you the chance to come away refreshed for the coming months! Speakers that include artists and authors and familiar faces will inspire you to recharge those batteries that need recharging. Gathering with other retailers who are traveling the same road as you will help you to gain perspective going forward. Where two or more are gathered – Christ is among us. He will restore our strength and will refuel us! He is our source! Click Here to see who is scheduled to speak and lead worship.
For complete details about everything that is planned for you, click on this link and just spend a few minutes looking at some of what is planned. Then – send me an e-mail telling me you want to come. Click Here to link to our Events information.
Any questions? Let me answer them for you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to link to me so I can answer your questions personally.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando in January. Can you think of a better place to be in January?