As we emerge from our homes and return to our places of worship, we’ve discovered a world that has fundamentally shifted. While some transitioned from the pew to the couch to engage and nurture their spiritual lives, others disappeared altogether. Longstanding trends of declining church membership accelerated during the pandemic and have found exhausted church staff working harder than ever to connect with their congregations. Habits changed, theology was challenged, and connections were severed, pointing to an unavoidable truth: The church we know is at a critical crossroads.
For over 100 years, Montreat Conference Center has been a place set apart for those who journey here seeking a closer relationship with their Creator. Every summer we host 10 weeks of worship services in partnership with Montreat Presbyterian Church where we invite guest preachers to bring the Word of God to us. In 2021, we are committed to gathering as the body of Christ for prayer, preaching, art, music, and community. Summer 2023 Date Preacher June 4,2023 Dr. Robert Gamble June 11, 2023 Dr. Ryan V. Moore June 18, 2023 Rev. Peter J.M. Henry June 25, 2023 Rev. Anna …
Montreat Conference Center’s summer season runs from the beginning of June to the beginning of August. During that time, we host a selection of free events to be enjoyed by the community at large.
Arts, Music, and Theology is a mission and ministry of Montreat Conference Center. It’s purpose is for to provide the community with educational nourishment via various lectures and lecturers during our summer season. Themes of the lectures span disciplines.
Here you will find resources for many of the conferences programmed by or partnered with Montreat Conference Center. Clicking the link to the resources you would like will bring you to a Dropbox folder. If the conference has been hosted multiple times, you will have the opportunity to choose the year you would like resources from.
In a nation still struggling to build bridges between races and heal divisions generations old, how can the church of today answer the challenges King posed in Anderson Auditorium in 1965?
Radical Beauty was a conference comprised of people who believe there’s a better way to engage in dialogue across all sorts of differences, who believe that art can build community and cross divides.
The Middle School Conference promotes an environment in which all participants are encouraged to express their youthful spirit through laughter, energizers, play, music, art, worship, and conversation.
The Women’s Connection encourages participants to find grace and renewal through reflection, rest, and community.
The College Conference @ Montreat is one of the largest gatherings of college-aged adults in the PC(USA).
Neighbor explored being Christian in a multi-faith world.
The Wee Kirk conference aspires to provide Christ-centered opportunities for inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches so they can do the same in their congregations and regions.
Participants received capacity-building tools and resources to work for antiracist transformation in their churches and institutions.
Trent@Montreat is an event about practical ministry for those looking to improve in a particular area or wanting to pick up on some new skills.
This conference examined the biblical, theological, and sociological understandings of power and the church’s relationship to it.
Youth Conference is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Activities include morning energizers, music, keynote, small group meetings, afternoon recreation activities, and evening worship.
Worship and Arts explored Advent Year B and the Magnificat.
DisGrace was a faithful response to the embedded and structural racism in church and culture. We tackled hidden histories, unaddressed discomforts, and divisions between people and communities.
Here you will find resources for many of the conferences programmed by or partnered with Montreat Conference Center. These conference resources are available to everyone. Clicking the link to the resources you would like will bring you to a Dropbox folder or to a page on this website that hosts files and videos. If the conference has been hosted multiple times, you will have the opportunity to choose the year you would like resources from. (if available).
In October of 2019, Montreat Conference Center hosted CoInspire, the second in a series of conferences addressing systemic racism in the church. CoInspire examined ways that we, as members of Christ’s body, might co-inspire one another to liberate imagination for new ways of being, and examined ways we can conspire to eviscerate the racism within our churches.