The overall spirit of the time together was joyful and encouraging. That stands out to me. – 2017 Gathering attendee
October 18-21, 2018
Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC
Each year Crown hosts an annual Gathering for staff, volunteers, ministry partners, board members and leaders who are passionate about Crown’s mission.
In addition to sharing remarkable ministry reports and updates from activities around the globe, we also enjoy very special moments to refresh our souls, renew friendships, and rekindle our excitement in the business of empowering faithful stewards.
For anyone who has been touched by Crown’s work over the years this is our annual “investor’s report” that is worth the trip! We invite you to join us! Come as see all that God is doing around the world.
Because we enjoy such great hospitality and love the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, we will return to Ridgecrest Conference Center just outside of Asheville.
Cradled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Ridgecrest’s 1,300 acres invite you to leave your cares at the gate. Gathering attendees can enjoy on-campus activities, stroll around campus or claim a rocker on legendary Rocking Chair Ridge and get lost in the amazing view.
When you are ready for more activity, Ridgecrest offers a variety of on-campus outdoor recreation, such as a high ropes course, hiking and team sports. Within a short drive, you’ll find top-notch fishing, swimming and whitewater rafting. World class shopping can be found in nearby Asheville and quaint artisan shops are just up the road in Black Mountain.
Getting To Ridgecrest
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Ridgecrest Conference Center. Ridgecrest is located 17 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40, Exit 66, approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport and 18 miles from the Asheville Bus Station. For driving directions, click on the Google logo in the map. The GPS Coordinates of Ridgecrest are Lat N+35 37 16.36 Long W -82 16 38.03.
Before attending Gathering, I had no idea Crown partnered with other ministries to teach stewardship. Did not realize how comprehensive the Career Direct process was, and how specific it could get in the results. – 2017 Gathering attendee
What Is Included
Your Crown Gathering registration includes the following:
- Accommodations at Ridgecrest Conference Center from Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21 (3 nights).
- Eight meals beginning with Thursday evening dinner through Sunday breakfast.
- All General Sessions
- Registration is from 1 pm to 5 pm EST on Thursday afternoon.
- Kick-off Dinner is Thursday at 5:30 pm and the Welcome Session begins at 7 pm Thursday.
- Limited room availability! First come, first served! All reservations are made through Crown’s online registration as all accommodations will be on a master rooming list submitted by Crown. Please do not call Ridgecrest to make any reservations.
- Registration deadline is September 30th. Crown is pleased to underwrite a portion of each registration to make attendance financially possible for all our partners around the world.
- No refunds will be possible after September 1st due to our contracted room nights with Ridgecrest Conference Center.
- If you are interested in arriving earlier than Thursday, October 18, or staying past Sunday, October 21, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request details on nightly rates and meal plans.
I was struck again this year by Crown’s global reach. Hearing the “murmur” of the translators during each teaching time was such an encouraging reminder that we are part of a very large and very diverse family! “ – 2017 Gathering attendee
Registration deadline is September 30th. Crown is pleased to underwrite a portion of each registration to make attendance financially possible for all our partners around the world.
After September 30th please email email@example.com for availability of late registrations and accommodations for Gathering.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION between January 1 and April 30 (best price!):
Single Registration = $300
Couples Registration = $425
EARLY REGISTRATION between May 1 and June 30 (good deal!):
Single Registration = $325
Couples Registration = $475
REGISTRATION between July 1 and September 30:
Single Registration = $350
Couples Registration = $500
This year at Gathering we are excited to announce new content that will be captured on video to be assembled as a new product offering.
This multifaceted message entitled Worker-Giver-Saver-Spender-Investor: Essentials of Biblical Stewardship will be delivered by Crown staff and special Guest Speakers including Vince Birley of Vident Financial.
The material will be engaging and everyone will find something applicable to their season of life. Be there to experience it for the first time it is delivered!
We are very excited to announce that Voices of Lee will be our very special musical guests at Gathering this year! They are a 15-member a cappella ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.
Excellence in harmony, spirit, and performance depicts the lush musical style of The Voices of Lee. Since their debut in September ‘94, their intense musical focus has captivated audiences worldwide. Directed by Danny Murray, this group is characterized by their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, as well as heart-felt gospel favorites.
We always have a number of highlights during Gathering, but this will take it to a new level!
Frequently Asked Questions
We currently do not have a children’s program or babysitting arrangements for Crown’s Gathering. We recommend planning for the kids to stay home and consider this a great opportunity to get away as a couple to a beautiful location!
Dress code is casual; it is a good idea to have good walking shoes! And, of course, it is always good to have a sweater/jacket for cool October mornings!
Gathering attendees should plan on arriving on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in time to settle into your room and enjoy the 5:30 pm dinner. Registration will be open between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST in the lobby of Mountain Laurel; if you arrive earlier than 1 pm you may not be able to check into your room but you can spend some time enjoying the grounds at Ridgecrest and our fabulous staff will be available to answer questions and welcome you with some of that famous Southern hospitality!
Our final session will be Saturday night but you don’t want to miss it! Please make departure plans to check out on Sunday morning and travel home that day.
No, the costs for the event have been partially underwritten and your lodging is being provided to you as a valued ministry partner! You will receive a confirmation email when you register, and we will add your name(s) to the master rooming list that will be submitted by Crown to Ridgecrest. If you have special requests such as needing a handicap accessible room please indicate that on your registration form and we will alert Ridgecrest.
No problem. During the registration process simply indicate your special need and we will have Ridgecrest adapt their menu accordingly.
We will be posting Ground Transportation options from AVL to Ridgecrest very soon.
Yes! Wi-fi is available in the meeting room as well as the accommodation buildings.
Crown owns a limited amount of translation equipment and will try to accommodate translation requests. If you have a translation need, please indicate that during the registration process. If you would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Please have one attendee complete the registration as a “couple” with information for both attendees and denote that you are sharing a room in the “special needs” box so we can be sure to request 2 queen beds in your room. We’ll leave it up to you to settle the shared registration expense!