South Carolina Presbyteries

A Word in Its Season: Effective Speech in the Bible and our Fractured Political Moment

October 26–28, 2020
SC5 Minister/Educator Retreat

This retreat will examine speech in the Bible, from the prophets to the sages to Jesus himself. We will look at different forms of speech and how the biblical authors discuss effective rhetoric, especially the prophets and ancient sages responsible for wisdom literature. Then we will consider our current moment of polarization and how church leaders might engage complex, difficult issues. A session will also be devoted to online speech and how one might be a faithful witness to the Gospel in the age of social media.

See more details below, including leadership, registration, accommodations, and daily schedule.


Registration & Accommodations

Registration & Accommodations

There are three rate packages available for this event.  A limited number of participants outside of South Carolina may also attend, however an additional $25 fee will be manually added by the registrar after you make your reservation online.

Option 1: Conference, Room, & Meal Package in Assembly Inn

Package rates below include registration fee, room in Assembly Inn, plus Monday supper through Wednesday lunch. Rates include NC sales tax plus a community service fee. All meals are served in the Galax Dining Room at Assembly Inn.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $344.12*
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $463.52* ($231.76 per person)
Option 2: Conference & Meal Package

Package rate below includes registration fee plus Monday supper, Tuesday lunch and supper, and Wednesday lunch. (No breakfasts included in package.) Meals will be served in the Galax Dining Room in Assembly Inn. Rate includes NC sales tax plus a community service fee.

  • $100.68 per person*
Option 3: Conference Fee Only

Rate below includes registration fee and community services fee.

  • $52 per person*

*A limited number of participants outside of South Carolina may attend this event.  A $25 additional fee will be manually added by the registrar after you make your reservation.

Contact the Registrar

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

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by September 10 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 14 but on or before October 19 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee plus payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after October 15.  All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.



Monday, October 26
3:00–4:30 pm - Registration and Check In*
4:30 pm - Welcome and Opening Worship**
5:30 pm - Dinner***
6:30 pm - Plenary 1**
8:00 pm - Evening Prayer

Tuesday, October 27
7:30–8:30 am - Breakfast
9:15 am - Morning Prayer
9:30–11:30 am - Plenary 2
12:15–1:00 pm - Lunch
2:30–4:30 pm - Plenary 3
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Evening on your own

Wednesday, October 28
7:30–8:15 am - Breakfast
8:45 am - Morning Prayer
9:00–11:00 am - Plenary 4
11:15 am - Closing Worship with Communion
12:00 noon - Lunch

*On-site check-in will be in the upper lobby of Assembly Inn. 
**All plenary sessions will be in Belk Meeting Room (AI-1 near front desk of Assembly Inn).
***All meals will be served in the Galax Dining Room of Assembly Inn.

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