Black Church Leadership and Family Conference

Ridgecrest Black Church Leadership and Family Conference

July 20, 2020
 - July 24, 2020

Black Church Leadership and Family Conference is three events in one: a leadership development conference, spiritual retreat, and family vacation in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  Whether you are a pastor, pastor’s spouse, a ministry leader, or church member, God has called you to lead fearlessly in the work of His Kingdom. Black Church Leadership and Family Conference is designed to encourage, equip, and inspire you to do just that. Every day, you’ll enjoy Bible study, preaching, and worship with noteworthy pastors and worship leaders, as well as leadership development classes taught by skilled practitioners from LifeWay Christian Resources, North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union, and GuideStone Financial Services.

“God has been faithful to bless and grow this event for a quarter of a century. It has been a great blessing to me and my family. I know it can be for yours as well.”

Dr. Mark Croston,
National Director
Black Church Partnerships LifeWay Christian Resources

In addition to leadership development, your entire family will be provided with a week of spiritual development, recreation, and quality family time. Kids under 12 attend day camp or preschool during adult session times (preschool also available during evening worship). Students in grades 7-12 attend FUGE camp for an incredible week of Bible study, worship, and recreation.

So bring your family and as many church leaders and members as possible for an unforgettable week together. Register today to reserve your spot. For event registration information please call (800) 588.7222. 

Join us for worship & Bible Study
An amazing team will lead us each day.

Program Fees:

The program fee is $125. Add a $10 camp fee per youth 12-18 years of age.  Add a $25 facility fee for anyone staying off-campus.
*Youth registered with parents for the conference are automatically registered for Black Church Fuge.


Adult Meals:
3-Meals Per Day Package:  $132.00 per person
2-Meals (lunch and dinner only) Per Day Package: $102.00 per person

Children Meals ages 6-11:
3-Meals Per Day Package: $77 per child
2-Meals (lunch and dinner only) Per Day Package: $56 per child

Room Rates:

Mountain Laurel East Housing: $134 per room per night
Mountain Laurel West Housing: $114 per room per night*
Rhododendron Housing: $109.00 per room per night*
Walnut Housing: $99.00 per room per night*
Maple Housing: $94.00 per room per night*
Pritchell Housing: $84.00 per room per night*
Royal Gorge Housing: $99.00 per room per night*

*Ridgecrest On-Campus housing is tight during this event. Please call (800) 588.7222 to check availability. For event registration information please call (800) 588.7222. 

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General Information for Conference Attendees

 

Activities for Children and Youth Attending with Parents

 

BCLFC App

Please download the Conference App at http://www.zwoor.com/mobileapp or scan this QR Code and enter conference BCLFC411.

T-Shirt Day! Thursday

Plan to show your pride and wear your Church’s Tee Shirt or another Tee Shirt with a Christian Message. 

For Children, Birth-Completed Kindergarten

The Early Childhood Building is provided for children, birth through completed Kindergarten.  Parents may register their younger children in the front lobby of Pritchell Hall during conference registration from 3:00-5:00 pm. The Early Childhood Staff is ready to receive children 15 minutes prior to conferences and requests that children are picked up within 15 minutes after the conference or worship service ends. The Early Childhood Building is not opened for events following the evening worship service.

Early Childhood Building Schedule

Monday – 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday – 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Thursday – 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday – 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

This service is provided for your convenience. Please do not abuse it by leaving your younger children after the scheduled time.

For Children, Completed 1st-5th Grade

Day Camp is provided for children who have completed 1st-5th grade. Parents may register their children in the front lobby of Pritchell Hall during conference registration from 3:00-5:00 pm. The Day Camp Staff is ready to receive children 15 minutes prior to the beginning of conference periods and requests that children be picked up within 15 minutes after conference or worship service ends. Day Camp will be opened during evening worship.

Day Camp Schedule

Monday – 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday – 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Thursday – 7:45 to 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday – 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

This service is provided for your convenience. Please do not abuse it by leaving your younger children after the scheduled time.

Music Time

Russell Andrews will lead your children’s music time on Tuesday through Thursday at 9:45-10:45 a.m. The children’s choir will perform on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in Spilman Auditorium. Children will be brought from Day Camp to rehearsals on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

For Youth, Completed 6th-12th Grade

Experience FUGE!  In addition to powerful worship every morning and evening, your students will experience small-group Bible study and team-building recreation led by highly trained FUGE staffers. Afternoon track times give everyone the opportunity to participate in a favorite activity or learn something new. Every part of the day is planned and executed by our FUGE staff. Camp pastor is AC Hollie, youth pastor of Greenforest Baptist Church, Decatur, GA.

NOTE: If your youth are attending FUGE as a group instead of registering with the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, please register your youth here.

Parents’ Meeting…Monday

Parents of preschoolers/children should attend the parents’ meeting today at 6:00 p.m. in IVY 1.  Parents of youth who have completed 6th-12th grade should attend the FUGE meeting at 6:00 p.m. in IVY 1.  Please register your children for the conference before registering for these activities.

2020 Black Church Week T-shirts for sale

T-shirts will be for sale Monday-Thursday, 6:15-6:45p.m. and again after worship in the foyer of Spilman Auditorium while shirts last for $15.  Adult sizes – small, medium, large, XL, 2XL and 3XL. Children sizes – small and medium.

Emergency Procedures

Please dial the Ridgecrest emergency personnel at phone extension 5600 from any house phone. From a cell phone dial (828) 669.8022 and press “0”. State your exact location and nature of the emergency. In the case of an extreme medical emergency (life-threatening) please call “911” before calling the number above. Let Ridgecrest emergency personnel know if you have called 911. Please write the name and cell phone # of someone with you on the back of your name tag. 

Dining Hall*

Breakfast, 6:45-8:15 a.m.
Lunch, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

(*Weekly/daily meal tickets are available to purchase during the reservation process. If you purchase a weekly meal ticket, the last meal is served at breakfast on Friday.)

LifeWay Program Office Hours

The program office is located on 1st floor of Johnson Springs Conference Center. The office is closed for morning Bible study and evening worship.

Office Hours:

Monday, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday, 7:30-10:45 a.m., and 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7:30-10:45 a.m.
Friday, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Registration Information

Name tags indicate that a guest is properly registered. Those wearing nametags will be admitted to classes and other functions of the week. Please write the name and cell phone # of someone with you on the back of your name tag.

Registration Desk Hours

Daily 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Checkout is at 10:00 AM on Friday.  Electronic keys will expire shortly after 10:00 a.m. 

Smile! You may be on Camera

LifeWay personnel may be audio-videotaping, and photographing this event. You may be filmed, recorded, or photographed individually or as part of an audience. By your attendance, you are granting permission to be audio-videotaped or photographed for commercial purposes.

Worship Session Recordings

Morning Bible study, afternoon Bible teaching sessions (Woman2Woman and Man2Man), and Evening Worship messages will be recorded.

“BCLFC both encouraged and revived my soul. The high quality content and great speakers makes this a must attend conference.”

“This week exceeded my expectations. God met us here and spoke into our lives. We are excited to carry back what we have learned to our church.”

“As a new pastor it felt good to come to the mountain and be filled and relaxed. This was a blessing for both me and my wife.”

“This conference is the best comprehensive conference for ministry training in all aspects of church ministry.”

“Diversity of workshop topics”

“Great fellowship great preaching great teaching an opportunity to rest relax and refresh of a spiritual environment”

“This conference allows me to be refreshed spiritually and connect with others in Black Church ministry to hear about and learn other ways God is at work.”

“Candid, intentional treatment of the Black Church experience.”

“I came weary, but I am leaving encouraged and challenged to remain faithful – because God is faithful.”

“My first time with my family. It was a much-needed event. I was spiritually refreshed, encouraged, uplifted and I can’t wait to return next year!”

“It’s like Golden Corral… I like the availability of the vast variety and I could partake of as much of what I wanted.”

“The diversity of classes/facilitators, nightly fellowships, and the practicality of the info received keeps me coming back year after year.”

“The messages were awesome, the activities were great, and the people are always amazing.”

“This is a wonderful conference for pastors and church leaders—unsung heroes on the frontlines.”

“As this was my first time, I had no idea what to expect. I now can’t imagine myself not being here next year! God was truly on this mountain this week!!!”

“The mountaintop experience is an extraordinary time up closer to heaven and away from the daily fray. What a rare familial and educational experience tailored to the spiritual needs of Black folks.”

“I received what I prayed to God for: Topics and Classes to strengthen my personal growth and gained knowledge to share more effectively.”

“Preachers and workshop presenters were very strong. God used them to greatly encourage me and speak to my heart!”

“Fellowship with other churches and being able to relax and share faith with the people you meet.”

“Morning Exposition and Evening Preaching were informative, edifying and glorifying.”

“The strengths of this conference are the variety of topics, excellent presenters, clearly preached Word, Camp services, great free resources, kind staff, meeting new and reconnecting with people, Come-As-You-Are Choir, and so much more.”

 “Family atmosphere, classes for everyone, heart-felt fellowship, and great worship”

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Important Update

The health and safety of guests and team members is of utmost importance. Even though no COVID-19 cases have been tied to Ridgecrest Conference Center at this point, we have made the decision to not host events and guests (including individual stays) through May 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor additional developments and reassess as appropriate.

Previously made reservations for stays before May 15th will be canceled and fully refunded. Please note that credit card refunds typically take several business days to process.

Planners of events scheduled at Ridgecrest before May 15th: A member of our sales team will contact you to discuss rescheduling possibilities.

In these unprecedented circumstances, please join our team in praying for our communities, our nation, and our world.

From Our Director