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.
In a shockingly intimate invitation, the God of the Universe offers to fill us with the fullness of Who He is and make us one with Him. Seeking to deserve this invitation, which is open only to the undeserving, we strive to flourish on our own. We make fruitfulness our focus and use Him to achieve that goal. But the Father draws us into the delight of an abiding relationship with our Redeemer through the Spirit, which produces fruit as a natural result. Join us as we reorient ourselves to abide in the VIne, both for ourselves and those we seek to shepherd.
Registration is now open!
Click on the button below to sign up for PTM 2018. Please remember that our registration process is completely on-line, and you will need a credit card to finalize the transaction.
beginning October 1 at 1:30 pm and concluding October 2 at 5:00 pm
We invite you to join us a day early to attend ONE of these three valuable Pre-Conference workshops. You won’t want to miss this extended time of training exploring one of the following important topics with these seasoned presenters!
Debriefing: Topics and Methodology • George & Connie Blake
There is something about a life-story told in the safety of a loving relationship. To be heard is, often, to be healed. Debriefing is all about this marvelous reality: telling the story of what happened on the field and the impact it had can provide a sense of being heard and seen, normalized and validated. It is a setting where the love of God can sink in a bit deeper. Come and think and experience with us some key topics and tested methodologies. Perhaps, by God’s grace, we will be blessed and grow to be a blessing to missionaries.
Developing & Building a Church-Based Member Care Plan • Neal Pirolo
There is no doubt that the ministry of member care is multi-leveled and multi-faceted. In this informative and interactive workshop, we will 1) plumb the depths of the Biblical mandate for member care; 2) consider the diversity of skill sets needed to fully provide the care a missionary deserves; and 3) wrestle with the dynamics of “making it happen” in your church.
You Call Me Deeper Still: The Place of Regular Practices in Abiding in the Life of God • Scott Shaum
This workshop will seek to bring clarity to an applied spiritual theology by specifically addressing the role of spiritual practices, including contemplative practices, as responses to God’s invitation into deeper communion with him. Emphasis will be placed on integration in all of life and ministry. From a Trinitarian, Christ-centered and Word-grounded framework, participants will be guided through a time of personal reflection and assessment (where you are), identification of specific growth steps in response to God’s initiatives (where you would like to grow), and ministry design ideas and skills to shepherd workers overseas in this same process.
PRE-CONFERENCE (Oct. 1–2)
Couple — $350
Single person, Private room — $325
Single person, Shared room — $225
Commuter — $200 per person
CONFERENCE (Oct. 2–5)
Couple — $800
Single person, Private room — $575
Single person, Shared room — $425
Commuter — $250 per person
Registration Deadline: September 10, 2018.
Fees increase $25 per person as of September 1.
$50 per person before September 15
$125 per person after September 15
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 can 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.
May I arrive early?
You are more than welcome to arrive before the PTM conference starts, but you will be responsible for booking your own accommodations. There are many nice hotels in the Black Mountain/Asheville area. Sorry, at this time Ridgecrest cannot take reservations before the conference.
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. Please see our transportation page for a list of resources. Also refer to Ridgecrest Conference Center’s very helpful travel page. Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient staffing to arrange travel for participants to and from the conference. But we do wish you safety on the road, and we hope you enjoy the lovely Blue Ridge Mountain scenery!
What are the dates and locations for future PTM Conferences?
October 2–5, 2018 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.
October 8–11, 2019 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.
October 6–9, 2020 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.