PTM Conference

Pastoral at heart, and peer-driven, the PTM Conference is unique among member care conferences. For anyone involved in caring for global workers—whether with a local church, a sending agency, or a member care organization—PTM provides ample opportunities to network, learn, and be encouraged. Committed to caring for caregivers, the PTM Conference exists to develop the shepherding skills and heart of the member care community.

Audacious Grace

2017 Theme: Audacious Grace

October 3-6, 2017 - Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC

The messages we experience in this world—even from ourselves—offer a chorus of defeat and despondency. We respond by seeking to live a life deserving of God’s favour, working ever harder and falling ever short. 

God’s way is different, calling us to wholly delight in and depend upon His provision in the cross, and to abandon self-sufficiency. 

Being ministers of such a grace means first seeing ourselves as those for whom the Father has taken great risk, that we might dwell in that audacious grace and help others rest in His sufficiency. Join us at PTM 2017 as we explore what that looks like for us both as care-receivers and care-givers.


An increase in both the room rates and meal plans at the Ridgecrest Conference Center has made it necessary for us to raise our conference fees slightly. The new fee schedule is as follows:

Pre-Conference (Oct. 2-3)

  • Couple — $350
  • Single — $325 (private room)
  • Single — $225 (shared room)
  • Commuter rate — $150 (includes everything except housing)
Conference (Oct. 3–6)
  • Couple — $800
  • Single — $575 (private room)
  • Single — $425 (shared room)
  • Commuter rate — $250 (includes everything except housing)

Please note that these are early bird prices. After August 31 all fees increase by $25 per person.
Registration is now open!

Register for PTM 2017

Fil Anderson
Fil Anderson

Main Speaker: Fil Anderson

Fil Anderson is executive director of Journey Resources, based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s a frequent conference speaker, spiritual director, and directs retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. A member of the pastoral staff of St. Mark’s Church, Fil is also on the Board of Trustees at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. See his full bio here.


Who attends the PTM Conference?

Anyone with a heart to shepherd cross-cultural workers is invited to attend PTM—whether from a local church, sending agency, member care organization, or other care-giving vocation. Pastors, clinical counselors, on-field workers, teachers, life coaches, organization heads, church members, full-time member care providers—all can benefit from our pastoral approach to training in member care, as well as the encouraging and refreshing atmosphere of the PTM Conference.

Do you allow participants to stay off-site?

Although we prefer all participants stay on-site to enjoy the community and fellowship provided by the PTM Conference, we do allow people to commute to the conference. All meals are included in the commuter rate in order to foster the peer interactions and networking that are such a valuable part of the PTM Conference.

Do you provide childcare?

While we value children, we do not currently provide childcare.

Can I register when I arrive?

No. In order to enable both the PTM Planning Committee and the Ridgecrest Conference Center to adequately prepare for those attending the conference, all registrations must be received at least two weeks before the conference.

Can I pay when I arrive or do I have to pay when I register? What forms of payment do you accept?

No. Registration and payment for the PTM Conference have been combined into one convenient process. All those registering for the PTM Conference must pay by credit card when they fill out the online registration form. The registration cannot be completed without the final step of the credit card payment.

What costs do the fees cover?

The cost of the Conference covers registration fees, room, meals at the main dining room, and the conference itself. Any extra spending will be completely at your discretion.

The Ridgecrest campus also has an ice cream shop, a coffee shop featuring Starbucks coffee, and some food you ca buy a la carte. Additionally, the Asheville area offers some attractive options for sightseeing, should you wish to do so. You will be responsible for these extra expenditures, and we encourage you to plan accordingly.

Can I bring promotional materials for my organization, or books I have written?

The PTM Conference is a great place to introduce others to your work or ministry. To facilitate the sharing of resources between groups and individuals, tables will be provided on which to display books, brochures, banners, or other materials. We have also planned a ministry fair/networking evening for this year’s Conference. Authors are free to sell their books at PTM, although we ask that they be relevant to the member care audience. (Authors are responsible for handling the sale of their own books; PTM organizers will not oversee these transactions.)

What accommodations are made for those with dietary restrictions?

You will have an opportunity to alert us of any dietary restrictions or allergies during the registration process. Most of the meals at the PTM Conference are buffet style, and Ridgecrest offers a variety of options to suit almost any diet, with each entrée clearly marked as gluten free, vegetarian, and/or dairy free.

What amenities does the Ridgecrest Conference Center provide?

Complimentary wifi is available throughout the Ridgecrest Conference Center. In order to encourage reflection and retreat, Ridgecrest does not have televisions in guest rooms. However, televisions are available in select fellowship areas throughout the campus. Guest rooms do offer a wide array of other conveniences, however, such as hair dryers, in-room iron and ironing board, coffee maker, etc. Please click here to see a more complete list of Ridgecrest amenities.

What are the closest airports?

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) — 24 miles
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) — 77 miles
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) — 101 miles

Do you provide transportation to/from the airport?

We do not, but there are a variety of services available. In any case, we hope you will enjoy the lovely Blue Ridge Mountain scenery!

Shuttle Services:
A variety of shuttle and taxi services can be found in the Asheville area. Ridgecrest Conference Center has provided us with a list of recommended options. You can click here to see a downloadable PDF list.

Rental Cars:
Several car rental agencies are available at the Asheville Airport including Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.

Uber also provides service to the Asheville area.

What are the dates and locations for future PTM Conferences?

October 2–5, 2018 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in NC (same location as this year)