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.
While we recognize the many steps being taken to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and continue to monitor the situation, we are still moving forward with plans for the PTM Conference in October. Our prayers are with all of our conference participants, past and future, knowing that you are inevitably being impacted by this crisis as you care for God’s global workers.
*We understand that it is hard to look very far into the future right now, but please go ahead and register for PTM if you intend to come. Because of the uncertainty of these times, your credit card will not be charged until a date closer to the actual conference.
Concerned about the safety of our venue?
The Ridgecrest Conference Center is committed to providing a safe, sanitary setting for our conference. Click on the link below to see the guidelines and practices they have put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check back occasionally for up-to-date information.
Ridgecrest COVID-19 Update
Mercy in the Midst
October 6–9, 2020
In light of the increasing turbulence in the world around us, what does mercy look like as we seek to walk alongside global servants working for the Kingdom? Join speaker and author Fil Anderson as he unpacks the often overlooked book of Jude in relation to our roles as caregivers.
Keynote Speaker: Fil Anderson
Fil Anderson is executive director of Journey Resources, based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s a frequent conference speaker, spiritual director, author, and directs retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. A member of the pastoral staff of St. Mark’s Church, he provides on-site soul care to their staff and volunteers. Fil is also a member of the Board of Trustees at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.
He is the author of Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers (Waterbrook) and Breaking the Rules: Trading Performance for Intimacy with God (InterVarsity). He also contributed to Transformation of a Man’s Heart: Reflections on the Masculine Journey (InverVarsity), and co-authored Blind Spots: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You (New Growth), released on July 2019. Fil is also a frequent contributor to In Touch Magazine.
Listen to a preview of Fil’s
thoughts on mercy.
He and his wife, Lucie, live in Greensboro, have three adult children and two granddaughters. Avid beach lovers, they frequent Wrightsville Beach, NC as often as possible.
PRE-CONFERENCE (Oct. 5–6)
Single, private room—$318
Single, shared room—$254
Commuter—$200 per person
MAIN CONFERENCE (Oct. 6–9)
Single, private room—$683
Single, shared room—$490
Commuter—$325 per person
BOTH PRE- and MAIN CONFERENCE (Oct. 5–9)
Single, private room—$951
Single, shared room—$693
Commuter—$500 per person
Registration Deadline: September 10, 2020.
Fees increase $25 per person as of September 1.
$50 per person before September 15
$150 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, 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?
Yes! We welcome exhibitors for a small $25 fee, which covers a 4x4 table space and access to special features in our conference app. 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 are provided on which to display books, brochures, banners, or other materials. We have also planned a ministry fair/networking evening. 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 lodging. Feel free to check with the Ridgecrest Conference Center to see if they can accommodate your needs. If not, there are many nice hotels in the Black Mountain/Asheville area.
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 once you have downloaded the conference app you may reach out to other participants to find ride-sharing options. Otherwise there are a variety of local 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 6–9, 2020 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.
September 28–October 1, 2021 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.
Note: This is one week earlier than usual.
October 3–7, 2022 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.