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Healthy Congregations Conference at Montreat Conference Center

Healthy Congregations

Facilitator Training

October 18 - 20, 2017

Healthy Congregations facilitator training offers the opportunity for participants to:

  • prepare to lead a congregation through Healthy Congregations workshops;
  • learn Family Systems Theory;
  • understand the nature and scope of the workshop materials;
  • discover a variety of creative ways to present material to a congregation;
  • gain insight into ways of moving members of a congregation toward a healthy and faithful life together.

Facilitator training workshops will include:

  • Creating a Healthy Congregation
  • Response to Anxiety and Change
  • Leadership in a Healthy Congregation
  • Relationships in a Healthy Congregation
  • Healthy Congregations Develop Generous People
  • Spiritual Care of Healthy Congregations

New to Systems Theory, or just need a refresher course?

A Pre-Conference Workshop, October 18th, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, will offer participants registered for the conference an opportunity to learn or be refreshed on the basics of Bowen Systems Theory and some of its terminology. There is no additional charge for this event. If you plan to attend the pre-conference workshop and/or need housing for Tuesday night, please contact SusanA@montreat.org. Please note that housing check-in is not available until 3:00 pm on day of arrival.

Registration Information

To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference online, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

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Comprehensive Rate

Register online for conference, room, and meals

Comprehensive rates below include conference fee of $190, materials fee of $275, room in Assembly Inn (Wednesday & Thursday nights), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Wednesday lunch through Friday lunch), plus a $2 community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Some rooms have private baths, and some rooms have connecting baths. After September 6, rates will increase by $25.

Assembly Inn
Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $736.50
Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $636.50 per person ($1,273.00 total)

Commuter Rate

Register online for conference only

Rates below include conference fee of $190, materials fee of $275, plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Optional meal packages for the Galax Dining Room may be purchased when you register online or at the front desk of Assembly Inn.

On or before September 6: $467 per person
After September 6: $492 per person

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by September 6 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 6, but on or before October 11 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable), less $40. The materials fee of $275 is non-refundable after October 11.  No refunds will be issued after October 11. All requests must be made in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterSam Hobson is a retired pastor in the PC(USA), living in Black Mountain, NC. He received his certification as a Trainer of Facilitators of Healthy Congregations from Peter Steinke and has led training events in several locations. Working with Steinke in leading a congregation into a healthier environment is an experience that Sam found to be invaluable. Sam also serves as a Bridgebuilder focusing on conflict resolution. Sam, along with friend Marylyn Huff, is working on developing MAP Guides for Ministry and leadership training materials for pastors and elders. Sam is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC; Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA; and Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA. He has served pastorates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Alabama; and has served as an interim pastor in Alabama, Ohio, and North Dakota.

More Information

  • Scholarships are available for this conference
  • Child care is not available for this program