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Montreat Conference Center 2018 Middle School Conference

Middle School Conference

Living Mosaics

July 18 - July 22, 2018

The 2018 Montreat Middle School Conference will create a living mosaic where the children of God are supported and challenged to grow in their knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of God’s love for them and their uniqueness. It will promote an environment in which each piece of God’s living mosaic is free to express their youthful spirit through laughter, energizers, play, music, art, worship, and conversation. It will create a safe and encouraging environment which acknowledges the uniqueness of each mosaic piece, provides arms of trust and strength through Christ, and allows us to accept the fragility and failures we face. It will create an authentic community where all are valued and all belong because all are made in and are part of the image of God.

The Middle School Conference is designed for youth who have completed fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade by summer 2018, and for their group leaders. All groups must include at least one adult for every six young people. Adults must be fully registered and housed with their youth in campus housing. Child care is not provided during this conference. The daily schedule includes keynote, worship, recreation, singing, small groups, and many other activities. Check out resources from past middle school conferences.

The conference will be held at Maryville College, a PC(USA) affiliated private college, which is ideally situated on 263-acres in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Easy to access from either I-40 or I-75, the campus is also just five miles away from McGhee Tyson Airport. Driving time is approximately three hours and twenty minutes from Atlanta, four hours from Charlotte, and 30 minutes from Knoxville. The physical address for the college is Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN, 37804. Check out their campus mapGroups will be housed in dorms on the campus of Maryville College. Dorm rooms have twin beds and mostly hall baths. All rooms are air-conditioned. 

Registration Information

Registration for 2018 is now open! Click on the Rates and Registration tab above for comprehensive rates.

Questions? Contact Hope Barker, the Youth Conference Registrar, at hopeb@montreat.org or call 828.419.9828.

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Registration Information

Comprehensive rates include conference, room, and meals. Early registration discounts are as follows:

  • On or before February 1: $410 per person;
  • On or before March 1: $420 per person;
  • On or before April 1: $430 per person;
  • On or before May: 1 $440 per person;
  • After May 1: $450 per person.

This conference is limited. You must register all youth groups as a block using the 2018 Middle School Conference Registration Packet. There will be no registrations by phone.  Please see the registration packet for cancellation details. If you need to make an addition or cancellation to your registration, please complete and mail or fax the Additions/Cancellations Form.

Contact the Registrar

For questions about registration, please contact the Youth Conference Registrar at hopeb@montreat.org or call 828.419.9828.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterDavid Ealy (Keynoter) has been pastor at Hawfields Presbyterian Church for seven years. His wife, Mandy (a great church educator!) and their two girls are living it up in Mebane, NC! He loves the Biblical themes of justice and compassion, along with chocolate and good music, but he really loves digging into where our youth (the Church of the here and now) are with God.

Montreat Conference CenterLolimarta Reiter (Preacher) was born in Puerto Rico. She and her family moved to Tampa, FL, when she was in elementary school. While she was working on her degree in social work at the University of South Florida, she worked out at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center where she met her husband, John. They both attended Union Presbyterian Seminary (then Union-PSCE), and afterward, she served as an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill, SC. Loli currently serves as a solo pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Seffner, just outside of Tampa, FL. She is honored and extremely excited to be with her friends at Montreat!

Montreat Conference CenterKari Morgan (Recreation Leader) currently serves with the youth and families of First Presbyterian Church in Anderson, SC. She has been in youth ministry for over 13 years and she loves middle schoolers, mission work, and community building through recreation. When not working, she loves spending time with her family, playing outdoors, watching movies, and making memories.

Montreat Conference CenterAaron Ferry (Recreation Leader) A native east Tennessean, he just recently moved to NE Ohio with his wife, Mary Kate, and two children, Paxton and Elyn. He is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church who loves all things to do with youth ministry, recreation, and summer camps and conferences. Some of his favorites are playing golf, ice cream, going to concerts, and the Duke Blue Devils.

Montreat Conference CenterHoward Dudley (Music Leader) is a pastor, a pastor’s husband, and the parent of a double-pastor’s kid. He is a worship leader who plays guitar and banjo. Howard is a life-long Presbyterian, a recently returned North Carolinian, and avid golfer.

More Information

Maryville College: The conference will be held at Maryville College, a PC(USA) affiliated private college, which is ideally situated on 263-acres in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Easy to access from either I-40 or I-75, the campus is also just five miles away from McGhee Tyson Airport. Driving time is approximately three hours and twenty minutes from Atlanta, four hours from Charlotte, and 30 minutes from Knoxville. The physical address for the college is Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN, 37804. Check out their campus mapGroups will be housed in dorms on the campus of Maryville College. Dorm rooms have twin beds and mostly hall baths. All rooms are air-conditioned.

Opportunities for High School Students: You have an opportunity to participate in the Middle School Conference in a unique way – as a member of the Work Crew. We are looking for high school students who want to attend the conference with their church groups. You will have the chance to help the conference planning team during the week. You will work behind the scenes, learn the ropes, and get an up-close look at what is involved in running a Middle School Conference. Your work crew application must be submitted by April 13, 2018. Cost is $180. The number of work crew members will be limited.

Opportunities for Adults: If you are 21 + and are interested in applying to be a small group leader for the Middle School Conference, call 828.419.9833, or download a Small Group Leader Application. You may be both a small group leader and a back home leader if there is another adult with your home group attending the conference. Your registration fee is waived, and your room, board, and travel are covered! All small group leaders must be members of congregations that are members of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (for a listing of member churches, go to www.wcrc.ch).

Back Home Packet: The Middle School Conference Back-Home Information web page will help you prepare for this summer’s youth conference. Sixty days prior to your conference, you will receive a packet via email with additional information specific to your conference.

Additional Middle School Conference Resources:

Commissioning Service Liturgy: In response to requests, we’ve developed brief liturgy for a short service for commissioning the young people and adult leaders who are heading to the Montreat Middle School Conference this summer.

Back Home Group Devotional Guide: The Back Home Group Devotional Guide is designed so that either youth or adult leaders can facilitate an end-of-day wrap up and devotional during the conference week.