College Conference @ Montreat

Remembering Sabbath

January 2–5, 2020Young Adults
This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center

If you would like to register as an individual, please check the Registration & Housing tab below.

We live in a society that tells us to go non-stop. We celebrate those who are constantly busy and consider those who take time off to be unproductive. The practice of Sabbath invites us to be still and know God, any day of the week. However, the reality of our society and the economic demands of our world prohibit many from even considering a few hours of rest.

From Genesis to Revelation, our scriptures mention Sabbath over 170 times. In the Old Testament, God rests on the seventh day of creation and repeatedly tells the people to observe the Sabbath. In the Gospels, Jesus consistently takes time to rest and share with others that Sabbath is also a day to do good and promote the well being of others. After Christ’s death, we read in the book of Acts that his followers continue to recognize the Lord’s Day.

Join us for 2020 College Conference at Montreat as we explore the ways Sabbath influences our faith, impacts our personal well-being, and promotes justice and care for our neighbors and surrounding creation.



Registration & Housing

Registration Rates

Nov. 1
Dec. 1
Dec. 1
All-inclusive Rate (limited availability)

  • Conference Registration
  • Conference Center housing
  • Galax Dining Room meals
$263 $278 ---
Conference Registration
$155 $165 $175

Conference Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Hope Barker at hopeb@montreat.org for an application.

Conference Center Housing

At this time, Conference Center housing is extremely limited. Please contact Hope Barker at at hopeb@montreat.org or Barry Ecker at barrye@montreat.org to check availability

Additional Housing

Request a Private Cottage List by emailing hopeb@montreat.org. (Please Note: Montreat Conference Center lodges are not available for private rental during this conference)

Click this link to go to a list of other housing in the area. The list includes rental houses in Montreat, area camp and retreat center housing, and hotels located in Black Mountain. Be aware that not all properties listed are available year round.

Meals for Commuters

Please check out the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce as well as our Business Patrons for a list of restaurants in Black Mountain.

Before You Register

Again this year, we will offer online registration to request your conference spaces and housing. (No more faxing!) Housing requests will be processed in the order that we receive them until our facilities are full. After registering online, participants can either mail a check within 10 days of registering or provide credit card information when contacted by the conference registrar.

Attention Group Leaders: Here are a few things you will need to know before you register online...

  • Basic contact information for your church, campus ministry, etc.
  • A head count. How many students and chaperones do you have? (Please note that the special comprehensive rate is available to all college students and the first two adults in your group. Additional adults will be charged an extra $100.)
  • If possible, the number of female students, male students, female chaperones, male chaperones, and/or couple chaperones. This is helpful to us when placing you in our housing.
  • Any special needs your group may have.

Need to Make Changes?

If your group is already registered and you need to make changes, please download the additions/cancellations form, fill it out and return it to us!

Refund Policy

Before December 1, 2019, your fee(s) will be refunded less the $50 per person non-refundable deposit. After December 1, 2019 no refunds will be issued.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about registration? Please contact the registrar, Hope Barker, at hopeb@montreat.org.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 2
3:00 – 7:00 - Registration in Upper Anderson
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Opening Worship, Anderson Auditorium
Additional Activities Following Worship

Friday, January 3
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Morning Gathering and Keynote, Anderson Auditorium
10:30 - Critical Conversation Groups
12:30 - Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 - Workshop I
3:30 - Afternoon Options
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Worship with Offering, Anderson Auditorium
Additional Activities Following Worship

Saturday, January 4
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
Sabbath Morning – enjoy!
10:00 - Scheduled Options
12:30 - Lunch
2:00 - Worship, Anderson Auditorium
3:30 – Workshop II
5:00 – Communion Servers & Processional Rehearsal
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Evening Gathering and Keynote, Anderson Auditorium
9:00 – Critical Conversation Groups

Sunday, January 5
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:30 - Closing Worship with Communion, Anderson Auditorium


If you would like to teach a workshop at the 2020 College Conference, please complete the form below before October 4, 2019. We will be considering applications in October and will notify you if you are selected. Thank you!
Sign Up To Be A Workshop Leader

Critical Conversations

In 2020, conferees will be placed in one of three Critical Conversation Groups for discussion and processing of material presented in keynote presentations. These Critical Conversation groups will be led by three paid professionals who are experienced in group leadership and cross-racial dialogue.


We are no longer accepting exhibitor table registrations.

Deadline to apply to be an exhibitor during the College Conference at Montreat is December 1 and accepted applicants will be notified by December 9. Space is limited!

Exhibitors are expected to register for the conference and secure their own housing. Conference center housing is not available.

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NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper's executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center
Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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