PTM Conference

Pastoral Training in Member Care

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.

October 3–6, 2023

Pre-Conference: October 2, 2023

PTM is held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina.  

Registration will open February 2023.



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.

Meals & Lodging

NOTE: This has changed! When registering, you will have two options. Option 1 "As a guest staying at Ridgecrest": If you choose this as your registration option, please contact the Ridgecrest Conference Center registration team at (800) 588-7222 from 9am-4pm EST to make your lodging and meal reservations. They have set aside a block of rooms for PTM at a special rate so please mention that you are with the PTM Conference when booking your room. You will only be responsible for the firsts nights lodging at the time of registration. Balance due will be collected at check-in or you may call in at any time before arrival to pay the balance. If you cannot call during the the hours listed above, you may email them using this link. Space is limited so please make arrangements as soon as possible after registering for the conference.

Option 2 "As a commuter staying offsite": If you choose this option, you may choose to find your own lodging offsite. Meals are included in your PTM registration cost.

What costs do the fees cover?

NOTE: This has changed! -If registering "As a guest staying at Ridgecrest", your registration Includes admission to the PTM Conference only. It does not include lodging and meals. You are responsible for booking your lodging and meals are included with your room cost. If registering "As a commuter staying offsite", your registration includes admission to the PTM Conference and meals. Please see the "Meals & Lodging Information" section for more information.

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.

What will the COVID-19 Protocols be?

We will be following Ridgecrest Conference Center protocols.

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?

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.

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

Yes! We welcome exhibitors for a small $50 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. When booking your room, simply 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?

Mark your calendar! The dates for PTM 2023 will be October 2-6.