Trent Returns to Montreat in 2018

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The Trent@Montreat Conference will return April 16-19, 2018, and promises to offer more opportunities for church leaders to engage in ways that practically equip them for ministry. Trent@ Montreat was offered as a pilot project in 2016 and focused exclusively on nurturing church leaders. The format of bringing together mentors, relevant topics, and participants seeking opportunities to grow their skill set for practical ministry was a great success. The uniqueness of the Trent@Montreat conference begins with the diversity of the sponsoring organizations: Montreat Conference Center, NEXTChurch, Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke, VA, and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Though diverse as organizations, …

Resource Suggestions for the DisGrace Conference

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As we prepare for the DisGRACE conference in October, we prepare for tough conversations; conversations which are multi-faceted, dynamic, and require critical thought from open minds. These conversations though don’t just start with the conference, they start long before. Laura Cheifetz is vice president of church and public relations for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. She serves on our master planning team for DisGRACE and has recently published a series of resources about the issues DisGRACE will address and other topics that surround that conversation.

If Only I Had Some Time with…

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Guest blog by the Rev. George Anderson Trent@Montreat is a different kind of conference. It begins with large group worship and “mini-talks” and then breaks up into workshops where the bulk of the day is spent working with peers and under the guidance of a coach in a specific area of ministry. Maybe it is too much to say it is provided as an answer to prayer. Maybe it is enough to say it is “an answer to a wish.” For those who think, “If only I could have some quality time to focus on…” this conference might be a …

Gathering for men offers more than you would expect…

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Earlier this year, Montreat hosted its first Mantreat@Montreat. You probably heard about it. You might have even been interested in attending.  But for the lucky souls that decided to try it, it was an event to remember. Fifty guys traveled from across the country, coming from as far as Arkansas and Maryland.  Our ages varied from the early twenties to into the eighties.  We had a good mix of people: pastors, businessmen, fathers and sons, men’s groups, strangers, and long-time friends.  I had expected a weekend of soaking the beauty of Montreat and while that was received, I got much more than …

How Do We Treat Our Neighbors?

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One of the most prominent Presbyterian “celebrities” has to be Fred Rogers. Popularly known as Mr. Rogers, it is hard to think about him without humming the line “Won’t you be my neighbor?” In fact, the major theme in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was learning to get along with those around you regardless of how they were different. At the beginning of each episode Mr. Rogers invited the audience into his home to learn new things and more about those that lived in his neighborhood. The 2015 Montreat Institute for Church Leadership was titled “Neighbor.” The goal of this event was to explore how we, as …

Thoughts from “More Than None”

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We asked Rev. Eric Larsen to write a post touching on his experience at “More Than None: Engaging the Religiously Unaffiliated,” a conference which took place at Montreat in October, 2014. With nearly 300 participants from over 27 states, “More Than None” was a huge success. Whether you made this year and are hungry for more or you couldn’t make it this time, make plans to come to the “Neighbor” conference next October. — Ed. A few months ago my family attended the annual Montreat’s Institute for Church Leadership conference. This year it was entitled, More Than None: Engaging the …