2022 Evangelism Conference

Addressing Harm, Embracing Hope

October 30–November 1, 2022Adult
sponsored by Montreat Conference Center in partnership with Theology, Formation & Evangelism in the Presbyterian Mission Agency

In order to move into the future with a fresh understanding of the wholistic meaning of evangelism, we must repent of the wrong we have done in the name of evangelism and recognize the harm we have caused people and communities.

We have a call upon our lives to share and live the good news of the love of God for people and Creation. The call of Jesus in Matthew 28 is to go and make disciples in the way he lived, served, and taught. The call of Jesus in Matthew 25 is to form disciples who care about people who are hungry and thirsty, people who are sick and in prison, and people in need of clothing and welcome. Scripture is clear that the gospel leads us into forming disciples who will bring justice, good news, and hope to our neighborhoods.

This event will be held online and in-person at Montreat Conference Center. Everyone will join together for plenary and worship.

A discounted conference fee of $70 is made possible by the Presbyterian Mission Agency.


Rates & Registration

Virtual Conference Rate

The virtual conference fee is $70. Virtual rate does not include lodging or meals.

In-person Comprehensive Rate

Comprehensive rates below include:

  • conference fee of $70
  • room in Assembly Inn (Sunday through Tuesday nights)
  • meals in the Galax Dining Room (Sunday supper through Wednesday breakfast),
  • plus a $3 community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

Check-in/Check-out for Housing
Housing Check-in: Sunday, October 30, 2022 AFTER 3:00 pm
Housing Check-out: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 BEFORE 11:00 am

Assembly Inn
Single occupancy
Private Bath
Double occupancy
Private Bath
Single occupancy
Shared Bath
Double occupancy
Shared Bath

Through the partnership of Theology, Formations and Evangelism (TFE) and the Racial Equity and Women's Intercultural Ministries (RE&WIM) we are excited to announce scholarships are available for this conference and the Immersion event by Vital Congregations and Montreat. Please contact Alexandra.Zareth@pcusa.org

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by September 16 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 16 but on or before October 7 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after October 7. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about conference housing, or meals? Please email the registrar at saraha@montreat.org or call 828.419.9813.

Childcare is not provided during this event.


A conversation about addressing harm to and cultivating spaces of celebration of the LBGTQIA+ community, led by Pepa Paniagua

In this workshop, Rev. Pepa Paniagua (she/her) will explore the ways that our denomination has been complicit and active in harming the LBGTQIA+ community, and highlight the ways that harm is still happening. She will invite participants to wonder what allyship could look like in their own lives and contexts, and lift up the importance of prioritizing relationships and human dignity from a shared understanding that we belong to one another as collective parts of the the body of Christ. She will touch on her work with kin∙dom community and share her experience with walking with people and churches as they have moved from places of harm toward acceptance, welcome and celebration of the LBGTQIA+ community.

Kalibu and Ulongo: Radical Welcome and Relationship as Evangelism, led by Cheni Khonje

We will discuss employing cultural insights from the Yao people with sprinkles of Dutch hospitality, that enhance our effectiveness in spreading the love of Jesus Christ.

Intersections of Hope with a 1001 NWC & Vital Congregation, led by Robyn Byrd Michalove

Spend time talking through her current context of serving in full-time ministry in both a 1001 NWC and a vital, established congregation in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Share stories, hear stories, answer questions, spend time talking about “hope”.

A Healing Gospel for a Hurting World: Worship and Craft of Radical Welcome, led by Bruce Reyes-Chow

Without claiming that we have some claim upon THE ONE TRUE Gospel or Jesus Christ or THE ONE TRUE WAY for the people of God to Worship together, in the face of the rise of Christian nationalism, violent extremism, and divisive tactics, might we be bolder in claiming and articulating A Gospel that tells a different story? In our time, through the lens of worship, we explore our hesitancy, talk tactics, and encourage one another to be Christians known for living lives of compassion, love, and justice in the world.

Rooted to Reflect: Using Art as a Spiritual Practice, led by Rachel Vogado

Through the art of visual reflection and the process of making, we will find space to reflect and name the ways that we have harmed others in our expressions of care and mission, and prayerfully create new understandings and avenues to live out Jesus’ call in our lives.

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