2023
Vineyard USA
National Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Overall

The conference will take place at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.

Check-in will open at 4 PM on Monday, July 31, 2023. The first session will start at 6 PM.

The conference will end Thursday evening, August 3, 2023.

The 2023 National Conference will feel like a conference mixed with family camp. With the onsite lodging / dining options and recreation, this conference is unique in that we have the opportunity to eat together and play together, building relationships with our teams or meeting new friends.  

The onsite aspect removes the need to rush home between sessions or out to find a quick meal; it allows for lingering and more time of simply being together in a casual and recreational atmosphere. 

The focus will be on evangelism, church planting and global missions — topics that are accessible and integral to the local church. Our hope is that leaders will leave feeling equipped, inspired,  refreshed, and renewed from ministry times and the incredible beauty found in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Lodging and meals at Ridgecrest are available, but not required. There are rooms available to accommodate individuals, families, and teams of up to 12 people, but you are also free to find accommodations that best fit the needs and desires of your team!

There are also a number of vacation rentals in the area, as well as affordable hotels and campgrounds.

Book accommodations and offsite recommendations

We’ll have a full kids and youth conference happening concurrent to the conference for adults! These will be fun environments where your kids and teens can have fun and go deeper into relationship with God.

Yes! Translation services will be available for Spanish speakers.

When registering, please indicate on the registration that they would like to receive translation services. Someone will reach out before the conference to confirm and provide more information.

We’re evaluating the the technology infrastructure needed to livestream at Ridgecrest to determine if this is possible. We hope to offer either a livestream or delayed video of the conference talks.

More info to come. 

Schedule & Registration

While we are coming together to learn and grow together as the Vineyard family, we have also made sure to include ample opportunity for playing and resting. Ridgecrest offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages, and the city of Asheville is accessible for an afternoon visit! 

You are welcome to coordinate a meet-up for networking and social connection but we have limited meeting space available for use and are unable able to offer additional catering opportunities due to contractual agreements with Ridgecrest.

Email us at conference@vineyardusa.org to discuss. We’d love to help as availability but due to the logistical limitations, we can’t guarantee all meet-ups will be possible.

We put together some suggestions from locals. You can also check out exploreasheville.com and ridgecrestconferencecenter.com for other ideas and deals. 

Early bird (January – May 31)
Adult / $299
Kids & Youth / $105

Registration (June 1 – July 14)
Adult / $350
Kids & Youth / $125

Late Registration (July 15 – July 31)
Adult / $400
Kids & Youth / $150

*Kids: 9 months old to entering 5th grade. Youth: entering 6th to 12th grade.

Food & lodging are separate from conference registration. You can either stay at Ridgecrest or book an offsite hotel, vacation rental, or campsite. 

Staying at Ridgecrest requires purchase of a meal package, which includes 3 meals per day at the onsite dining room. 

Those staying offsite can also choose to purchase a Ridgecrest Meal Package, or eat offsite. Onsite meals may also be bought à la carte (subject to availability). Ridgecrest also has a coffee shop and ‘Nibble Nook’, where you can find treats or a quick meal. There are also offsite restaurants around the area. 

Register for the conference

Book accommodations and/or meal packages

Yes, we offer 50% discount on conference registration for retired Vineyard pastors and their spouse as well as 50% discount for students, eligibility requirements apply. Note, this doesn’t apply to kids or youth.

Email us at conference@vineyardusa.org for more information. 

Yes, for the first time we are offering rebates for folks who volunteer at the conference. 

Those who are assigned to a team and work 10-12 hours are eligible for a partial rebate, and those who work 16+ hours are eligible for a full rebate. Minimum age to volunteer is 16. This is a great way of getting involved and saving some money! Learn more about volunteering

There are also limited opportunities for partial scholarships for Vineyard pastors. Reach out to your Area Leader for more info.

Refunds less a 15% cancellation fee (per registrant) can be made until July 1, 2022. No refunds after July 1, 2023. You can make substitutions at no charge by modifying your existing registration.

If you would like to substitute a registration after, please send an email to conference@vineyardusa.org.

Travel & Accommodations

Yes! Of course, you can stay at Ridgecrest, but there are also lots of vacation rentals, over two-dozen campgrounds, and a few hotels in the local area. 

List of nearby offsite accommodations

No, food & lodging are separate from conference registration. You can either stay at Ridgecrest or book an offsite hotel, vacation rental, or campsite. 

Staying at Ridgecrest requires purchase of a meal package, which includes 3 meals per day at the onsite dining room. 

Those staying offsite can also choose to purchase a Ridgecrest Meal Package, or eat offsite. Onsite meals may also be bought à la carte (subject to availability). Ridgecrest also has a coffee shop and ‘Nibble Nook’, where you can find treats or a quick meal. There are also offsite restaurants around the area. 

Book accommodations and/or meal packages

If you are planning to stay offsite but would like to eat meals onsite, you can add meals from dinner on Monday through breakfast on Friday.  

Meal Package costs:
$143 per person ($35.75 per day).  
Children age 6-11 cost $88 ($22 per day).
Children 5 and under eat free with an adult.

If you don’t want to pre-order, you can have the option to buy them onsite based on availability. Pricing is subject to change.

Book accommodations and/or meal packages

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Approximately 30 miles from Ridgecrest. AVL is serviced by Allegiant, American, Delta, Elite, Spirt and United. Ground transportation options from AVL to Ridgecrest. 

Greenville / Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
Approximately 85 miles from Ridgecrest. Ground transportation options from GSP to Ridgecrest.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Approximately 107 miles from Ridgecrest. CLT is serviced by Alaska, American (hub), Delta/Skywest, Frontier, GO Mesa, JetBlue, Southwest, United and Virgin, and many international flights. Ground transportation options from AVL to Ridgecrest. 

While Uber or Lyft are options, getting an Uber or Lyft ride from Ridgecrest back to any of these airports can be challenging.

The drive to Ridgecrest is absolutely breathtaking going through the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the middle of the Northeast and Southeast Corridors of the United States; drivable from most eastern cities. 

It’s 2 hours from Charlotte, 4 hours from Atlanta, 5 hours from Nashville, 2 hours from Knoxville, 3.75 hours from Chattanooga,  6 hours from Birmingham, 3.75 hours from Raleigh-Durham, 4 hours from Charleston, SC, 6 hours from Cincinnati. 

Driving Directions

Note: The physical address does not work in most GPS systems and mapping programs. Please use the turn-by-turn directions provided.

From Interstate 40, take Exit 66 (Ridgecrest).
Turn left (if traveling east) or right (if traveling west) onto Dunsmore Avenue (.2 mi) 
Turn right onto Old U.S. 70 (1 mi)
Ridgecrest is on the left

Conference attendees are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements. 

There are several rental car companies in the area, please note that due to COVID-19, there are longer than normal lines to pick up rental cars.

We have a special rate for Ridgecrest accommodations but not for offsite hotels, campgrounds, or vacation rentals. 

List of nearby offsite accommodations

Other questions?