Year-round programming for adults at every stage of their faith journey is a foundational part of our mission and ministry. Whether you’re seeking personal Sabbath or tools and training to support you in your calling, we strive to offer impactful, timely programs to serve you.

Quick Guide to Our 2020 Conference and Events for Adults


Adult Events

Arts, Music, and Theology – Summer Series

2021 Summer Lecture Series
June 2–July 27, 2021 AdultSpecial Events

Arts, Music, and Theology is a mission and ministry of Montreat Conference Center. It’s purpose is for to provide the community with educational nourishment via various lectures and lecturers during our summer season. Themes of the lectures span disciplines.

This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center

Worship & Music 2021 – Week 1

Gathered In My Name
June 20–25, 2021 AdultContinuing EducationSummerWorshipYoung AdultsYouth

This intergenerational conference is for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, singers, ringers, worship leaders, and church members. All are welcome!

Event hosted by Presbyterian Association of Musicians in partnership with Montreat Conference Center.

Worship & Music 2021 – Week 2

Gathered In My Name
June 27–July 2, 2021 AdultContinuing EducationSummerWorshipYoung AdultsYouth

This intergenerational conference is for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, singers, ringers, worship leaders, and church members. All are welcome!

Event hosted by Presbyterian Association of Musicians in partnership with Montreat Conference Center.

2021 Road Scholar Programs

Adventures in Lifelong Learning
August 8–November 12, 2021 Adult

Road Scholar participants come to Montreat from every walk of life to learn together, to exchange ideas, and to explore the world.

A Montreat Conference Center event

Presbyterian Chaplains

Chaplain Credentialing & Training Course
August 9–13, 2021 Adult

This credentialing and training course brings military and government chaplains and their families together for a time of learning, daily worship, connection, and refreshment.

Hosted by Montreat Conference Center

Women’s Connection 2021

Word Wise: Encountering the Word that Draws Us In and Sends Us Out.
August 13–15, 2021 AdultSummer

As people of faith who seek to be Jesus’ disciples, we are shaped by words and seek to understand them, hear them, and do them. The words of scripture will play a prominent role in this Women’s Connection as participants will engage in a dialogue with scripture.

A Montreat Conference Center Event

Unblocking the Wells: Looking for the Sacred in All Things

Episode 4 in John Philip Newell’s Series ‘Spiritual Exile & Seeds of Promise’
August 28, 2021 AdultContinuing EducationSpecial EventsVirtualWorship

In his widely acclaimed series ‘Spiritual Exile & Seeds of Promise’, John Philip Newell explores the yearnings that have led countless numbers of people into an experience of exile from the religious traditions of their inheritance, whether in literally leaving church or in looking well beyond its bounds for vision and nourishment. ‘Unblocking the Wells’, the fourth episode in the series, will explore our longing to find the source of the sacred everywhere in our lives and world. Religion has no monopoly over sacredness. The wellsprings of the divine can be sought in everyone we meet, in every encounter of …

The Art of Transitional Ministry

August 29–September 3, 2021 AdultContinuing Education

Education for leading a congregation and faith community in transition

Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Interim Ministry Consortium.

2021 Fall Craft Week

Work with your hands, your voice, and your craft to create beautiful handmade works of art as you make time for renewal in a community of artists.
September 26–October 1, 2021 Adult

Work with your hands, your voice, and your craft to create beautiful handmade works of art as you make time for renewal in a community of artists.

A Montreat Conference Center Event

CTS Spiritual Formation

Ensouling Our Lives: The Gospel of Love According to Julian of Norwich
October 14–17, 2021 AdultContinuing Education

G. K. Chesterton once suggested that “each generation seeks its saint by instinct; and [she] is not what the people want, but rather what the people need.” Julian of Norwich seems such a saint, for our times. An “anchoress” living at the turn of the 15th century, in a simple cell adjoining the small parish church of St. Julian’s in Norwich, England, she received sixteen “showings”—or “revelations of divine love”—in midlife, devoting the remainder of her life to interpreting them. Her musings produced a book of Showings that is as startling and comforting, and as profound as it is accessible. …

This event is hosted by Columbia Theological Seminary

An Evening with John Philip Newell

October 18, 2021 AdultSpecial Events

More information about this program coming soon. About John Philip Newell John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being. Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the …

Wee Kirk Conference 2021

The Nearness of the Kingdom of God
October 18–20, 2021 AdultContinuing EducationWorship

The Wee Kirk conference aspires to provide Christ-centered opportunities for inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches.

A Montreat Conference Center Event

NC School of Earth and Soul at Montreat

Earth & Soul: Year 1
October 19–21, 2021 AdultContinuing EducationWorship

Join us for a time of learning, chant, and spiritual practice rooted in the Celtic vision of John Philip Newell.

Sponsored by the School of Earth and Soul in cooperation with Montreat Conference Center

Fall Healthy Congregations

October 20–22, 2021 AdultContinuing Education

Gain insight into ways of moving members of a congregation toward a healthy and faithful life together.

A Montreat Conference Center Program

Revangelism

November 1–4, 2021 AdultContinuing EducationVirtualWorship

This three-day virtual event will be designed for church leaders and congregational members to reconsider what effective evangelism might look like in their particular neighborhoods and communities.

Program in partnership with Theology, Formation & Evangelism ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Shaping Our Story

Discovering the Next Chapter in Outdoor and Youth Ministry
November 8–12, 2021 Adult

This conference will seek to address how we as ministry professionals and volunteers tell our stories of grief and joy, fear and hope, discomfort and resilience, AND hold all of these feelings as we work together to rebuild community and a sense of belonging.

This event is a collaboration between the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, the Presbyterian Youth Workers' Association, and the PMA Office of Christian Formation.

From Shakespeare to the Inklings

The Bible's Impact on Creative Imagination
March 16–18, 2022 Adult

This unique Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, etc.) conference highlights the Bible’s impact on Western Civilization, affecting authors, musicians and artists from the 15th century through today. It will change your world view – from the medieval society lit only by fire to the incandescent musings and works of the Oxford-based Inklings of the 20th century. Come learn from world-renowned scholars, who will reveal the Bible’s influence on the: * the greatest English Playwright (William Shakespeare); * the greatest English Epic Poet (John Milton); * the greatest English Novelist & Allegorical work of the 17th – 19th centuries (John Bunyan); * …

This event is hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.

Discovering Renewal

April 18–21, 2022 Adult

Discovering Renewal will focus on seeking respite in everyday experiences.

A Montreat Conference Center Event