Holy Shift

Navigating Seismic Changes in the Church We Know

October 9–12, 2023AdultContinuing Education
This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center

As we emerge from our homes and return to our places of worship, we’ve discovered a world that has fundamentally shifted. While some transitioned from the pew to the couch to engage and nurture their spiritual lives, others disappeared altogether. Longstanding trends of declining church membership accelerated during the pandemic and have found exhausted church staff working harder than ever to connect with their congregations. Habits changed, theology was challenged, and connections were severed, pointing to an unavoidable truth: The church we know is at a critical crossroads.  

 As we gaze upon the pews, what truths have been revealed about our Church? Who has returned to worship? Who has come, maybe for the first time? Who is missing? How will these new realities for our programs, finances, and mission be sustainable? Where does our faith lead to hope for what is to come? Is it possible to see these challenges as possibilities – as a “Holy Shift?” 

Join us for Holy Shift, where we’ll explore the implications of this seismic ground shift, and learn to navigate the possibilities in a church where God’s call on our lives grows louder and deeper. 

Holy Shift

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Rates & Registration

Comprehensive Rate

The comprehensive rates includes conference fee of $150, room in Assembly Inn (Monday through Wednesday night), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Monday dinner through Thursday breakfast), plus a $3 community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Housing is based on a first come, first serve.

Assembly Inn
Single Occupancy
Private Bath
Double Occupancy
Private Bath
Single Occupancy
Shared Bath
Double Occupancy
Shared Bath

Commuter Rate

Rate includes the conference fee of $150, plus a $3 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Commuter rate does not include lodging or meals.

Housing Check In/Check Out

Check-in Monday, October 9, 2023 after 3:00 pm
Check-out Thursday, October 12, 2023 before 11:00 am

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by August 25 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after August 25 but on or before September 25 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 September 25. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar, Susan Akduman at susana@montreat.org or call at 828.419.9829.


This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Monday, October 9
2:00–4:00 pm Registration & Check-in (room check-in at 3pm)
4:00 pm Opening Worship
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Keynote and Q&A with Diana Butler Bass
8:30 pm Reception in Assembly Inn Lobby
Tuesday, October 10
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Presentation
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Panel Discussion with Keynote Speakers
3:30 pm Book Signing
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Worship
8:30 pm Evening Gathering/Recreation
Wednesday, October 11
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Programming/Workshops
12:00 am Lunch
1:30 pm Programming/Workshops
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Closing Worship
Thursday, October 12
7:30–8:30 am Breakfast
11:00 am Check-out


A limited number of scholarships are available for this conference. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please visit our scholarship page. Any questions about scholarships can be directed to Lynne Keel at lynnek@montreat.org.

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