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.
Thankful…We are so grateful for all who participated in the 2017 PTM Conference, whether as attendees, speakers, or organizers. It was such a privilege to be with fellow care-givers as God did His work among us during that special week. We pray that what He started there has been continuing and growing in your hearts as you move back out to care for His servants all over the world.
Please lift up the planning committee as we begin to prepare for next year’s conference. And be sure to save the date on your calendar so that you don't miss it. We want to see you all next year!
Save the Date!…
October 2–5, 2018
Ridgecrest Conference Center, Asheville, NC
Registration will be open by February, 2018.
Conference FeesPRE-CONFERENCE (Oct. 1–2)
Couple — $350
Single person, Private room — $325
Single person, Shared room — $225
Commuter — $200
CONFERENCE (Oct. 2–5)
Couple — $800
Single person, Private room — $575
Single person, Shared room — $425
Commuter — $250
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!
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.
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)