Theme – PTM Conference 2014: Overflowing with Hope
The PTM Conference Main Sessions kick off on Tuesday evening, October 7 and runs through Friday, October 10 at noon. You’ll start the conference worshiping with your friends and colleagues. You’ll be challenged and inspired as you hear from leaders and learn what’s next in member care. You’ll catch up with old friends and make new ones. You’ll leave inspired, encouraged, and refreshed.
Main Sessions: John Wile
“Optimism hopes for the best without any guarantee of its arriving and is often no more than whistling in the dark. Christian hope, by contrast, is faith looking ahead to the fulfillment of the promises of God … Christian hope expresses knowledge that every day of his life, and every moment beyond it, the believer can say with truth, on the basis of God’s own commitment, that the best is yet to come.” ~J. I. Packer in “Never Beyond Hope”
We gather at PTM because we care for global workers, for men and women dedicated to seeing the Good News of Jesus Christ penetrate a needy world. Typically their mission is more challenging than expected. All become tired, some discouraged and worn. To use Packer’s words, starry eyed optimism is insufficient to stay the course. Only hope, resting in God’s sure character and promises will keep them. Only hope, given and sustained by the Holy Spirit will carry them. In our Bible sessions this year we will dwell richly in God’s Word of Hope. We will dwell together with the God who Himself is Hope. It is our anticipation that having thus been encouraged by His Spirit we will then explore how we, in turn, may bring unshakable hope to His global workers, a hope that will keep them and encourage them regardless of the obstacles they encounter within and without.
Each afternoon, between Main Sessions, you can choose from Workshops designed to equip you with best practices in member care. This year we will offer two different formats for workshops:
Traditional Workshop—This is traditional workshop format in which your peers offer information and insights into relevant issues facing member care practitioners.
Special Interest Group—This workshop option provides a more collaborative approach to current challenges and topics. These are the topics and conversations that naturally come up over a cup of coffee—but addressed in a little more formal setting. This is an opportunity for those conversations to get hands and feet put on them. This is a place you can connect with people over topics that are important to you.
Everyone who comes to the discussion table brings something in their pocket—questions, insights, experiences—and they put it all on the table and examine the different pieces that everyone has brought. You will walk away richer in relationships with others who have a common passion about member care. You will walk away richer in resources—connected to organizations and people you may not have had a connection with before. Everyone will leave the table richer.
There will also be an opportunity at registration on the first day of the conference to submit topics.
The PTM Conference values networking and wants you to be able to reestablish relationships and build new ones. We know that some of the best networking happens after hours. At Ridgecrest Conference Center there are an abundance of nooks and crannies for you to sit down with someone to visit, pray, or connect. You can have the choice of sitting in comfortable rockers overlooking the lovely scenery, grabbing a cup of coffee in the coffee shop, or a bowl of ice cream in the ice cream parlor. You can sit by one of the many fireplaces or take a walk up to a scenic overlook. Whatever or wherever you chose, make sure you make time to network with other participants this year!