Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When and where is the National Conference?
With much anticipation, the 2023 National Conference will be in-person and held from May 8-12, 2023. The conference will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Q: What will registration for the 2023 National Conference include?
Registration takes place in two steps.
Step 1 – Register with CEF and pay the registration fee.
Step 2 – Reserve your room and meals with Ridgecrest Conference Center. A 20% deposit is due upfront.
(If you are staying off-site, you will need to call Ridgecrest and pay a $25 per day use fee as well as sign up for any meals you want to eat on campus. You can reach their reservation team at 1.800.588.7222.)
Q: When should I plan to arrive and depart?
Check in for conference begins on Monday, May 8 at 2:00 PM. Followed by dinner at 5:30 PM and the opening session at 7:00 PM.
The conference ends with breakfast on Friday, May 12. (On Thursday there is a closing session from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.)
There will be free shuttle available from the Asheville airport on May 8 and May 12.
Q: What is this year's conference theme?
This year’s conference theme is Our Lord, Our Anchor.
Q: When does registration begin and end?
Those who register before January 1, 2023 will receive a 10% discount. Registrations received between March 31 and April 20, 2023 will include a 10% surcharge. Ridgecrest cannot guarantee room availability after April 20.
Q: How much does it cost?
Registration is $200 per adult. Ridgecrest room and meal prices are dependent on how many people are sharing a room but could be anywhere from $285 – $652 per person.
Q: Who are the featured speakers?
We are excited to hear from the following speakers:
- Dr. Crawford Loritts
- Erwin Lutzer
Worship and music will be provided by the following musicians:
- 3 Heath Brothers
- Niah & Allisha Merrill
Q: Will language translations be available?
Language translations will not be available at the conference.
Q: I have a question about National Conference 2023. Who can I contact?
Please contact CEF International Headquarters with any questions.
Q: Will there be childcare available during the conference?
A Kids Track will be held for children preschool (potty-trained) through 11 years-old. They will enjoy an Anchors Away! themed Kids Track complete with object lessons, interactive games, songs, and crafts!
Kids Track takes place during all main sessions – Morning Bible sessions, afternoon General session, and evening Main session. Kids Track will NOT take place during workshops.
Q: Will there be something for my teen to do during the conference?
All teens are invited to join our Student Track each afternoon and evening as we look at the topic of Love vs. Hate. The afternoon sessions will include a variety of activities including a scavenger hunt, Minute to Win It, and a hike up the mountain. The evenings will include worship along with Bible study. (Teens will participate in the Morning Bible sessions with everyone.)
Q: Can I share about National Conference on social media?
Absolutely! We’d love to see how God is working in your life during National Conference. Use the hashtags #cefnatcon2023 and #ourlordouranchor when you post moments from National Conference on social media.