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Children’s Ministry and Church Leadership Training Retreat 2023
Ridge Haven Conference & Retreat Center
April 18-20, 2023

The Children’s Ministry Leaders at your church (pastors, children’s ministry staff, volunteers in leadership roles, nursery coordinators.), are invited to CDM’s annual Children’s Ministry Leadership Retreat at the Ridge Haven Retreat Center at Brevard in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Come join a community of leaders of the PCA, who are passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ!

Meet CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team. With decades of experience in churches of all sizes, the team can relate to the specific struggles in your church—and help develop practical strategies to enhance your ministry to children.

Attend Workshops about:
  • Cultural Engagement for Families
  • Engaging Disability
  • Child Protection
  • Children’s Ministry Basics
  • Integrating Missions into Children’s Ministry
  • Resources
  • …and much more!

On Tuesday, you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for individual appointments with exhibitors.

Cost: $360/person (includes lodging and food); $500 for a private room

Covid Precautions: Please see Ridge Haven’s website with updated Covid guidelines. We will have a pre-screening arrival form to be completed (as well as Ridge Haven’s standard waiver that everyone will sign). Ridge Haven follows the mandates from the State of North Carolina.

Register in Fall 2022

Conference Details

Registration information coming soon.

Cost: $360/person

(includes registration, lodging in a shared room, and 6 meals).

If you need a private room, the additional cost is $125; there are a limited number so register early!

Things to know when registering:

  • Priority rooming assignments (types of rooms) will be based on the order that you register. For example, those who register first will get first priority on rooming choices. There are rooms with 2 double beds, and rooms with bunk beds. Register early!
  • If you have a roommate preference, please be sure to indicate that when registering. Your roommate choice MUST register within the week you register and include your name in order to be assigned to the same room.
  • If you would prefer a private room, there is an additional $125 cost. (There are limited single rooms available.)
  • You will receive an email 3 weeks prior to the conference with the list of other retreat attendees in order to share rides from the airport.
  • You will have an opportunity to indicate if you have medically necessary dietary restrictions.

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at kwargo@pcanet.org or 678-825-1132.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please email Kathy Wargo kwargo@pcanet.org for a Request for Scholarship form.

Speakers: Coming Soon

WORKSHOPS: Coming Soon


Ridge Haven Conference & Retreat Center

215 Ridge Haven Road
Brevard, NC 28712


Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

2:00 pm: Check–In

3:00 pm: Opening Session

3:30 pm: GROW Groups

4:45 pm: Workshops Session 1

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Plenary Session 1

8:00 pm: Graduation for Certification 2022 Class

9:00 pm: Dessert Social

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Workshops Session 2

10:15 am: Plenary Session 2

11:30 am: GROW Groups

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:00-4:30 pm: Free Time Activities

4:30 pm: Workshops Session 3

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Worship Service – Dr. Stephen Estock

9:00 pm: Dessert

Thursday, April 20, 2023

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Plenary Session 3

10:30 am: GROW Groups

12:00 pm:  Closing Conversation and Lunch

1:00 pm:  Departure

It’s a curvy and mountainous ride to Ridge Haven, but once you’re there it’s beautiful!

Here are some things to note about transportation:

  • Best airports:
    • Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) – About 1-1/2 hours from Ridge Haven
    • Asheville (AVL) – About 1 hour from Ridge Haven
    • Charlotte (CLT) – About 2-1/2 hours from Ridge Haven
    • Atlanta (ATL) – About 4 hours from Ridge Haven
  • There are no hotel shuttles and no Uber from airports to Ridge Haven.
  • Even though it may say 25 miles, it will take you a lot longer than you think because of the mountain roads.

Directions to Ridge Haven: Click on this link and print out directions ahead of time…you will want to have a hard copy of them in case you lose cell service in the mountains.

Medical Release: With registration, the attendee agrees and acknowledges they are participating in the conference on their own free will. While CDM and the venue work to provide the safest possible environment for the events, the attendee acknowledges freely and knowingly that as a result of their registration and participation, they hereby assume responsibility for their own well-being and safety, releasing CDM and the venue of any harm. Furthermore, CDM and the venue assume no liability for an injury or death of an individual participating in an event if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. The participant assumes all risk when attending the event.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS: I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused potential dangers incidental to my participation in this Program, and that I may unknowingly be exposed to an individual who is carrying the virus. In light of this pandemic, I knowingly, willingly, and voluntarily agree to assume the risk of contracting the virus, and to hold CDM and the facility harmless from any exposure I may have to the virus while participating in the Program. I further agree that, if I am diagnosed with the virus or exhibit any symptoms associated with the virus within the 14-day period prior to the Program, I voluntarily will not participate in the Program.

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