Session 1 – June 18-21
Session 2 – June 23-26
Session 3 – July 9-12
Session 4 – July 14-17
Online Registration will be available
Massanetta’s Middle School Conference transforms the faith journey of hundreds of middle schoolers from all around the country. Every aspect of this conference is crafted with middle schoolers in mind. Conference activities like keynote, recreation, encounter groups, and workshops are centered on the theme of the summer.
We promise it will be one of the best things your youth does all year!
This year’s theme is
“In the Potter’s Hands.”
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
Next summer we are going to explore what it means to be “in the potter’s hands.” Through this familiar metaphor, God teaches us so much about grace and hope. It’s OK and normal to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid of them. Oftentimes the cracks and mistakes are what make us who we are! We are each made to be unique vessels, which can be reshaped and reworked all our lives. We are made with a plan and purpose. Nothing and no one is beyond redemption.
God has got you in God’s hands!
Click HERE for a downloadable version of our Youth Mailer!
Registration will be ONLINE! Click on our registration tab for more info.
Registration for the 2020 Middle School Conference will launch in October 2019
All links below will be restored once registration is open!
When that time comes, please follow the instructions below CAREFULLY.
Step 1: Your church/group leader must fill out a group hold request form (link to come) with general group information and estimated numbers to reserve a spot for your group. We will then generate a “group hold code” and send it to your leader.
Step 2: Your church/group leader and all adult participants and parents should read this information packet in FULL (link to come). It contains critical information about the conference and registration, and includes copies of a couple other forms we will need from you (media release & covenant form — plus the housing preference form that leaders will need to fill out and the 2019 scholarship form if there is financial need).
Step 3: Once your church/group leader has the “group hold code,” they will distribute it to your group. Parents/guardians will be able to register their youth (completed 5th - 8th) and adult advisors will be able to register themselves using that “group hold code.” They will not pay individually online. The church/group leader will pay for everyone registered at once through the separate leader account. (Note that forms from the info packet will also be available through online registration for download and upload on your ‘dashboard’)
When you have the code…
Step 4: For church/group leaders only. Leaders will be able to log into their separate account to view who has registered and the remaining bill for the group. This is where the full group payment will be made.
Doing stuff online isn’t your thing? No worries, we have kept the “old way” of registering for Middle School Conference available. Everything you will need as church/group leader and participant is available in this packet:
Building Leaders who Love God, the Church, and the World
Each year Massanetta Springs invites 44 ministry-minded high school youth, called “Advocates” (formally called “Enablers”) to serve and lead within the Middle School Conferences. This dynamic leadership program provides a place where youth can lead alongside adults who serve as mentors, facilitators, encourages, older siblings, and faith friends.
Heralded as one of the strongest and most significant leadership tracks in the Church today, the Massanetta Springs Advocate Program changes the lives of younger youth who attend, empowers the faith of the older youth who serve, and creates for the Church a powerful witness to the work and witness of young people in the 21st century.
The Advocates are woven into the flow of every aspect of the conferences, unpacking the scripture in keynotes, organizing large group recreation activities, leading in worship, and building the conference community as they ARE the small group leaders.
The Advocate Program is entering its 27th year! It is with joy and thanksgiving that we acknowledge the hundreds of young adults who have been impacted by this program. Many continue in full time Christian ministry and a majority continue to worship, serve, and fellowship in faith communities around the nation.
Applications will be posted on Oct 15, 2019 and will be due by January 13, 2020.
Dates of commitment for the June conferences will be June 15-27, 2020.
Dates of commitment for the July conferences will be July 6-18, 2020.
** Applications are GOOGLE DOCS. To edit, please save a copy of the google doc or download as a Microsoft word document. **
June 18-21 and June 23-26
Chip Pope currently serves as Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. He first experienced the Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference as an Advocate Coordinator in 2004. Over the last fifteen years, Chip has continued to develop a love for this conference, serving as a Co-director, Keynoter, and Recreation Leader. When not at church or MSC, he enjoys being outdoors or hanging out at the local coffee shop and is a HUGE Auburn sports fan (War Eagle!). Chip has two daughters, Celia and Lily, and a dog, Benji.
Anna has most recently served as the Associate Pastor and Campus Minister at First Presbyterian Church of Auburn, AL (War Eagle!). She now lives in Louisville, KY and is searching for a call while her husband pursues his Master of Divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Anna has served Massanetta as a Workshop Director, and is so excited to serve as a Co-Director this year!
Whitney Fauntleroy serves Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Whitney grew up and Raleigh, NC graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While she has worked on Franklin St, she is a Duke basketball fan. Whitney is an aspiring tennis player and distance runner. She loves the city of New Orleans, Moana, and karaoke. Whitney attended her first MMSC in 1996 (Mirrored Image).
July 9-12 and July 14-17
Genevieve Brooks is an energetic and passionate youth worker who started her ministry career in camp and retreat ministries. After working at Camp Don Lee on the coast of North Carolina, she made her way into church ministry where she currently serves as the Youth Director at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. She is married to her summer camp sweetheart, Alex, and they are expecting their first child in October 2019. Genevieve loves Jesus, cats, coffee, sailing, camping, and building inclusive community wherever she goes.
Caroline currently lives in Concord, NC with her husband and their two crazy dogs. She works full time in Charlotte as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Caroline first experienced Massanetta Springs as a middle schooler at the middle school conference, this experience then led her to serve as an advocate for three years. Recreation had become Caroline’s pride and joy and she has served as Rec Director for three middle school conferences. Caroline is thrilled to continue her journey as a Co-Director for the upcoming conference and can’t wait for you to meet this amazing group of leaders!
David Ealy is the proud father of two girls and husband to a marvelous wife. Even as Pastor at Hawfields Presbyterian in Mebane, NC, he still loves working with youth and the things they continue to teach him. Chocolate, Sci Fi, and music all add to a life he hopes honors God. He believes the Church ought to be a place for youth now, not just in the future.
John Weicher believes deeply that if we can play together, then we can talk with each other. Throughout the journey of middle school, in this divided country, recreation is so very important for us to thrive and connect. John loves to energize, plan games, adapt them on the fly, tell bad jokes, drink Cheerwine, and most importantly, play. John has been a past co-director of Massanetta Springs Middle School Conferences and recreation leader for Montreat Youth Conferences. He currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Youth & Their Families at First Presbyterian Church, Durham. Let’s play!
Megan Martin is a child of Massanetta! The middle school conference is near and dear to her heart as she attended as a middler and has served on leadership in multiple capacities. Megan currently resides in Midlothian, VA with husband Scott and two children- Lydia and Tobias. She attends Three Chopt Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA where she first recognized her calling for music and ministry as a child. Megan is a Board Certified Music Therapist and works as an Expressive Arts Therapist at Snowden at Fredericksburg- a behavoiral health hospital. Megan is passionate about helping others express their love for Christ through music. In her spare time, she loves to watch Friends, go to as many Dave Matthews Band concerts as possible, and exercise!