Wee Kirk Conference 2022

Bearing Much Fruit

October 17–19, 2022AdultContinuing EducationWorship

The Wee Kirk conference aspires to provide Christ-centered opportunities for inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches so they can do the same in their congregations and regions.



Barnabas Track, Led by Dr. John Swinton

The focus of our time together will be to explore the practical and theological implications of the experiences of people living with mental health challenges. We will look at a number of key areas with a view to helping the church as one Body, and Christians as individuals faithfully to understand and respond to complex mental health issues. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to explore some of the ways in which theology in its theoretical and practical dimensions can throw fresh light on mental health issues in ways that are challenging of, but complementary of other perspectives. We will develop pastoral understandings of mental health experiences such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, as well as thinking through crucial issues in relation to areas such as dementia and brain damage.

Creative Worship Track | A Fruitful Worship Service: Create meaningful worship experiences by exploring your God-given musical talents, Led by Rev. Burns Stanfield

Rev. Burns Stanfield will facilitate creative worship experiences with a particular focus on music.  Participants will assist in worship during the Conference and take valuable tools back to their home churches. We will explore music, hymns, and songs of praise. Incorporating his unique approach to leading worship, Burns will lead us to engage in worship in Spirit-filled ways. His unique gift for creating space for “all God’s people in the choir” will build our confidence and inspire creativity.

Mission Track  |  The Small Church on the Move, Led by Rev. Dr. Lisa Culpepper and Rev. Herb Codington

“Here is the Church and here is the steeple; open the doors…Where are all the people?”

This little children’s rhyme doesn’t quite have the meaning it used to have. When the church doors open at 11:00 on Sunday morning, fewer and fewer people are showing up. So, where are they and what are they doing? This missional track will explore the movement of the church outside her doors and into the community of 1001 Worshipping Communities. Through this ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, God is opening doors to expand the reach of the Gospel in beautiful, creative and unconventional ways. We invite you to come and explore how you can engage in the ministry of establishing new worshipping communities. Lets go and find the people!

Leadership Track  |  Awakening Spiritual Imagination: Discovering God's Fresh Possibilities For Your Congregation, Led by Revs. Beverly and George Thompson

God’s call on the life and witness of churches never stands still. Many smaller congregations don’t realize what embers of faith that they carry, embers with great potential for the future. This track is designed for pastors of smaller churches to help fan those embers into flames, to claim God’s hope (vision) and learn more about living into it. These are the tasks involved in “awakening spiritual imagination.”

Spiritual Formation Track, Led by Rev. Dr. Mark Friz and Rev. Dr. Martha FrizLanger

According to the Westminster Catechism, our main goal in life is to "glorify God and enjoy God forever." The gospel writers call us to "seek first the kingdom of God and God's righteousness" and then everything else will fall into place. In the midst of all the activities and chaos of life, this goal cannot happen for disciples of Jesus Christ without intention and a plan.

How can I shape the rhythms of my life in order to know and love God intimately and grow into all God has created me to be?

This year, the Spiritual Formation track will explore Creating a Rule of Life: Building a Trellis for Abundant and Fruitful Living. The understanding of a "rule" for life comes from the Greek; "A Rule of Life is a trellis that helps us abide in Christ and become more fruitful spiritually." We will explore ways to create a personal and intentional plan for daily, weekly, seasonal and annual practices to keep God at the center of our very being, our relationships and everything we do.

Retreat Track

Many people come to Montreat’s Wee Kirk Conference simply to enjoy the fellowship of other believers in the beauty of Montreat. To encourage this, we have created a special “retreat track” that includes all the worship and plenary presentations with abundant time for prayer, recreation, fellowship, and spiritual renewal.

Rates & Registration

Conference Fees
First Time Attendees
Congregation Size Per Person Cost Couple Cost
Fewer than 100 $180* $210*
More than 100 $380* ---
Return Attendees
Congregation Size Per Person Cost Couple Cost
Less than 50 $200* $240*
50–100 $230* $285*
More than 100 $380* ---

*A maximum of 6 persons, including clergy and spouse, from any one congregation may attend at the reduced rates. Additional persons will pay $380 each.

*The Spiritual Formation track is an additional $100 per couple or $50 for an individual if you choose to begin your stay at the Inn on Sunday night. You will also receive meals for breakfast and lunch on Monday. Dinner on Sunday is not included with this option.

Barnabas Track Additional Fees

The Barnabas Track has an additional fee on top of the main conference registration fee:

First Time Attendee No additional fee.
Repeat Attendee Above fee + $50
Repeat Couple Attendee Above fee + $75
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be made at any time up until the Friday prior to the conference. Full refunds will be issued for cancellations received by September 19, 2022.  After that, 50% refunds will be issued if cancellation is made before October 14, 2022.  No refunds after October 14, 2022.


Questions about registration? Email the registrar, Susan Akduman, at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

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