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401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States
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January 2018

Spiritual Formation Retreats

January 1 - December 31
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center Spiritual Formation Retreat

For church professionals and lay people, Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events—opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. The Certificate in Spiritual Formation program offers an exploration of community-grounded Christian spirituality that is rooted in scripture and theology; a history of the tradition; reading in the spiritual classics; prayer and meditation; and skills for assisting others on a spiritual journey. Participants in the certificate program will gain a broad understanding of the…

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March 2018

Road Scholar at Montreat

March 22 - December 14
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Learning is a lifelong pursuit that opens minds and enriches lives. Road Scholar participants come to Montreat from every walk of life to learn together, to exchange ideas, and to explore the world. Accommodations in the beautiful Assembly Inn, overlooking Lake Susan, are double occupancy (limited singles with an extra charge) with private baths. The Inn includes spacious lounges, classrooms, and dining facilities. Comprehensive fees include program, housing (double occupancy), and meals in the Galax Dining Room in the Assembly…

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May 2018

Arts, Recreation and Worship (ARW)

May 7 - May 12
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Arts, Recreation, and Worship at Montreat Conference Center

The Arts, Recreation and Worship Conference is an experiential 5-day event focused on recreation, worship, community, creativity, and the arts. It is designed for those who want to deepen their creativity, broaden their leadership skills, and experience personal spiritual renewal. In addition to whole group worship and recreation events, participants select from a wide range of unique courses. ARW is connected to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and welcomes pastors, educators, youth workers, church volunteers, camp and conference professionals, recreation workers…

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Soul Shop for Youth Workers

May 15
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Montreat Conference Center is teaming up with the Presbytery of Western North Carolina Youth Ministry Committee to offer a one-day Soul Shop™ for Youth Workers training. Soul Shop™ for Youth Workers is a faith-based training designed specifically to equip youth workers to minister to youth who are impacted by suicidal desperation. Suicidal desperation includes youth who are currently engaged in suicidal thinking, youth concerned about a family member or friend who may be suicidal, youth who have lost a friend or…

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Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA)

May 16 - May 20
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Accommodations at Montreat Conference Center Assembly Inn offers either a one-bedroom one bath unit or a two-bedroom suite with one or two baths. The Winsborough has one-bedroom units with either private or shared baths. Reynolds Lodge and Hickory Lodge have one-bedroom units with access to two communal bathrooms which have multiple sinks, toilets, and showers in each. Wi-Fi is available throughout Assembly Inn and on the porch of the Left Bank building. Wi-Fi is not available at the Winsborough, Hickory Lodge, or Reynolds Lodge. Reservations…

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Memorial Day Weekend Special

May 25 - May 28
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Spring Sabbath at Montreat Conference Center

Montreat is pleased to offer a special rate for individuals and families seeking respite from their busy lives and hectic schedules. Often described as a “thin place,” Montreat offers a peaceful and beautiful setting for guests to commune with their Creator and rest their souls. Your visit to Montreat can provide time and space for prayer, study, and Sabbath rest, while also providing opportunities outside the gate to take part in all that Western North Carolina has to offer. Assembly Inn's one-bedroom guest…

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June 2018

Montreat Youth Conferences

June 3 - August 4
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Montreat Youth Conference (MYC) 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. MYC is designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and for their group leaders. We offer six conferences each summer. MYC 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive…

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Summer Worship Series

June 3 - August 5
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center Summer Worship Series

Gathered around Font, Table, and Word Listen to Podcasts During the summer months, it is the privilege of Montreat Conference Center to host the community gathered to worship the Triune God. In services for the Lord’s Day, Montreat welcomes summer visitors, conferees, cottagers, vacationers, and conference leadership to worship. All of the summer Sunday services in the series are at 10:30 am in Anderson Auditorium, just off Assembly Drive in Montreat. As the community is gathered around Font, Table, and Word…

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Youth Conference I

June 3 - June 9
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This 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. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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Clubs and Childcare

June 4 - August 3
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center's Clubs Program

Clubs Program The Clubs program is a recreation and fellowship experience for the children of conferees, local residents, vacationers, and visitors. It groups children and youth according to age and school level. Collegiate counselors supervise each group. They are trained to help the young people feel comfortable as they create new interpersonal relationships and develop social and outdoor living skills. The program also makes effective use of Montreat’s recreational facilities set in beautiful outdoor surroundings. Montreat’s Environmental Education program includes hands-on…

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Youth Conference II

June 10 - June 16
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This 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. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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Worship & Music I

June 17 - June 23
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

For everyone committed to the work of worship in the church— pastors, musicians, choir members, worship committee members, children and youth. In song, sermon, and sacrament, our worship during the week will experience the richness of the church year, as it comes to life through Luke’s narratives. Sampling this bountiful material in the scope of one week’s worship will allow us to sense reverberations between texts that we often do not hear in such close proximity. Leading our worship will be…

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Worship & Music II

June 24 - June 30
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

For everyone committed to the work of worship in the church— pastors, musicians, choir members, worship committee members, children and youth. In song, sermon, and sacrament, our worship during the week will experience the richness of the church year, as it comes to life through Luke’s narratives. Sampling this bountiful material in the scope of one week’s worship will allow us to sense reverberations between texts that we often do not hear in such close proximity. Leading our worship will be…

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July 2018

Youth Conference III

July 8 - July 14
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This 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. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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Youth Conference IV

July 15 - July 21
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This 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. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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Youth Conference V

July 22 - July 28
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This 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. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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Youth Conference VI

July 29 - August 4
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This 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. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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August 2018

Presbyterian Chaplains

August 6 - August 10
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Chaplain Credentialing & Training Course The Chaplain Credentialing and Training Course will be held at Montreat Conference Center this year. It is nestled in between the mountains just 20 minutes east of Asheville, North Carolina. Of the 4,000 acres that make up Montreat, 2,500 acres are dedicated to wilderness. There are also 21 hiking trails of almost 30 miles. Accommodations will be in the historic Assembly Inn with meals in the Galax Dining Room. Child care and a youth program are available during the day. Registration Information…

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Women’s Connection

August 10 - August 12
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States

The 2018 Women’s Connection theme draws from Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.” As a conference we will visit that place together, we will journey through the valleys, reflecting on the times when we have sensed God’s presence in our lives. We will also discover ways to cultivate God’s presence in our daily lives as we walk through the valleys (and…

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Growing into Tomorrow… Today

August 16 - August 17
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Clouds and Mountains at Montreat Conference Center

Be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement living! Planning for retirement can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our two-day seminar helps clergy and lay members and their guests explore steps they can take now to plan for their best retirement tomorrow. The seminar is designed for members planning to retire within the next 15 years. Seminar attendees will identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement; assess their finances, options…

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Crossroads Antiracism Training

August 17 - August 19
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Download a flyer! In January of 2017, Montreat Conference Center staff engaged in a day-long training session with a team from Crossroads, and found it to be useful for inspiring long-term and site-specific conversations about the journey to overcome the dehumanizing effects of racism. We want to make a similar, more in depth opportunity available to congregations, pastors, Christian educators, session leaders, church staff, and volunteers. Space is limited, and scholarship funds are available. This introductory training by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and…

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Well-Being Retreat 2018

August 20 - August 22
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Experience wholeness: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. The Board of Pensions' Well-Being Retreat offers active Benefits Plan members a unique opportunity to explore wholeness through the spiritual, physical and emotional, financial, and vocational aspects of their lives. Participants will be able to customize their retreat experience by selecting the educational workshops and guided activities that best support their journey to well-being. Don’t miss out! Registration Online registration will open in the spring of 2018! For more information about registration and accommodations for…

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The Art of Transitional Ministry

August 26 - August 31
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Lake Susan at Montreat Conference Center

Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is challenging and rewarding and it is recognized both in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as other denominations as a specialized ministry. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, resilience, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to be open to possibilities, go deeper, and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry…

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September 2018

Fall Craft Week

September 30 - October 5
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Leslie McCarthy's Fabric Workshop during the Fall Craft Week at Montreat Conference Center

Come create with your hands, gain proficiency in an art form, and enjoy the community of other artists during a fall week in the mountains. Years ago M. C. Richards, renowned potter, came to Black Mountain College to teach poetry but ended up with her hands in clay. In her book Centering she defines the word craft as “…Craft, as you may know, comes from the German word Kraft, meaning power or strength. We can’t fake craft. It lies in…

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October 2018

Growing into Tomorrow… Today

October 3 - October 4
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center Lake Susan bridge

Be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement living! Planning for retirement can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our two-day seminar helps clergy and lay members and their guests explore steps they can take now to plan for their best retirement tomorrow. The seminar is designed for members planning to retire within the next 15 years. Seminar attendees will identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement; assess their finances, options…

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Better Angels

October 8 - October 11
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center's Better Angels Conference

When we look at the intersection of today's headlines and God's concern we see topics like racism, #metoo, immigration, and violence. In each of these discussions, the common thread is power. It's the same when we look at the topics of spirited discussion in our churches, like the budget, mission, stewardship, and recruitment of leaders. And yet power is something we rarely talk about, analyze, or organize around, even though we're dealing with it, using it, or finding ourselves without it, all…

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Wee Kirk Conference

October 15 - October 17
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. --John 14:23  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. The conference will offer the following tracks for conferees to choose: Barnabas Track Missional Track Spiritual Formation Track Retreat Track See…

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A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality

October 18 - October 21
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This course is especially for those who wish to rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice, and hope. Early Judaism and Christianity both understood the temple as a symbol of the whole creation, an image of heaven and earth as they were meant to be, and as the place where God’s presence was to be found. The early Christians shaped their corporate practices and self-understanding as the “body of Christ” in light of the…

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South Carolina Presbyteries

October 22 - October 24
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Gazebo by Lake Susan in Fall at Montreat Conference Center

Key Leadership Frances Taylor Gench is Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining the Union faculty in 1999, she taught for 13 years at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary (Pennsylvania). Frances is a graduate of Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary; M.Div., Ph.D.). She was a member of the PCUSA General Assembly’s Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church,…

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Evolving Faith

October 25 - October 27
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Lodging Options for Participants Montreat Conference Center's facilities are now filled to capacity! See below for additional lodging options in the area. MONTREAT: Check out Greybeard Realty and AirBnB for reasonable and creative housing in the Montreat area. Campsites in the Montreat Family Campground are also available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. BLACK MOUNTAIN (easy five to ten minute drive): There is additional lodging available in nearby Black Mountain. Please visit the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce for a variety of accommodations in the surrounding area. ASHEVILLE (25 to 30…

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November 2018

Thanksgiving at Montreat

November 19 - November 25
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Lake Susan in Fall at Montreat Conference Center

This Thanksgiving, gather up the whole family and come to Assembly Inn’s historic Galax Dining Room for a traditional Thanksgiving feast (that you didn’t have to prepare…or clean up). This scrumptious buffet lunch is served at 12:00 noon on Thanksgiving Day. For overnight accommodations, be sure to check out our special packages below. All reservations must be paid in full at the time of booking. Special note: Please use the comments section of the online reservation system to alert us to the…

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January 2019

2019 College Conference at Montreat

January 2, 2019 - January 5, 2019
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
College Conference at Montreat in Anderson Auditorium

In Luke we read, “Be compassionate just as God is compassionate” (Luke 6:36) and 2 Corinthians proclaims “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). The 2019 College Conference at Montreat will respond to God’s call for compassion in…

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