The Society of Professors in Christian Education welcomes new members into our organization each and every year. We have a great interest in meeting, networking, and collaborating with fellow academics in Christian Higher Education and those preparing to enter the field of Christian Education. Below you will find all the information you need to join our society, so you can begin to make deep and meaningful connections.
If you are planning on attending the upcoming annual conference, skip this page and go directly to the Conference Registration page. Doing so will consolidate your annual membership and conference fees into one payment. If you would like to join SPCE and are not making plans to attend our conference, please continue down this page and select your annual membership option!
Uncomfortable Paying Online?
Our organization has full SSL encryption and a security certificate installed for your security, allowing us to confidently accept credit card payments. We are also authorized as a Secure PayPal Partner. Even so, there are some domestic and international members who wish to pay by paper check or whose organizations have policies requiring such payment.
Mailing Your Conference Payment
If you will be mailing payment, please take a moment to complete our electronic Membership Information Form so we can have accurate records for your membership. Doing so will eliminate common membership problems related to our not having this important information.
After completing the Membership Information Form, submit a check or pre-paid money order in U.S. funds (USD) payable to SPCE with the appropriate amount using this form. Please include the member’s first and last name in the check’s memo line, and a note with the member’s name, phone number, and email address Please also indicate that you have completed the Membership Information Form, if you have done so. Have questions about conference fees? See our Conference FAQs.
Use This Payment Form and Mailing Address
Dr. Freddy Cardoza
Attn: SPCE Conference
Feinberg Hall #119
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639
What Membership Fees Include
SPCE is fundamentally a membership-based organization. While we are delighted to offer a number of edifying resources people outside our society enjoy, we primarily exist to edify our valuable members. Member fees are collected on an annual basis to defray the costs of running our organization. The 2014 year marked the first time in nearly a decade membership costs have risen. This increase was modest and we believe the enhanced membership experience you will receive as a result will be well worth it.
We hope you enjoy the new-and-improved Society of Professors in Christian Education. Everything we have done is for you and your benefit. Enjoy! Membership fees help cover part of the many financial obligations of our association. These include mundane but necessary things such as organizational insurance, web-hosting, tools required to produce materials for our digital footprint, Board of Director activity, facilitating scholarship and networking, communications, printing, and more.
Beyond overhead expenses, member fees cover:
1. Entrance into our society and the full rights of participating in our fellowship, at your respective membership level.
2. Eligibility to submit registration for our annual conference; just pay the additional “conference registration fee”
3. An annual subscription (beginning with the upcoming-future Spring, then Fall issues) of the CEJ
4. Full Members may select a Scholastic Award recipient for their academic program (one per program/level)
5. Administrative assistance for membership-related needs
6. Occasional print resources made available to members in the form of programs, newsletters, and on occasion, books
7. Access to digital resources including our website, social media, membership pages, forums, downloads, etc.
8. Other advantages listed on our membership page, some tangible, some intangible.
I am unsure what type of membership to submit. Am I a student member or full member?
It can be confusing which membership option to choose, depending on a person’s status. Let us help. If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student or are “currently a full-time student who teaches and does not receive professional development/conference funds from your institution,” then you may choose the Associate (Student) Member option if you like. You must meet those requirements and you will be listed as an Associate/Student Member. Everyone else (ministry professionals, academic faculty, and full-time students who receive professional development/conference funds from their institution) is required to register as a Full Member, and those memberships will be listed as such in the online Membership Directory as it is updated.
What is the membership year/term?
Membership is to be paid annually by each member, including by the members of our Board of Directors. SPCE is an academic association and, as such, our organization’s yearly membership mirrors the traditional academic calendar (Fall/Spring/Summer terms). For this reason, the official membership year begins “at the beginning of the fall academic term) technically at the end of September and continues until the end of the academic year (summer’s end), technically ending on the thirtieth of September (September 30-September 30).
Why are annual fees charged?
Due to members-only benefits, administration, and conference planning that come at significant costs to our organization, SPCE must collect annual membership dues to help defray those necessary costs of doing non-profit business.
Why is it important to renew on time (before September 30)?
Members are encouraged to maintain constant membership and to renew on an annual basis prior to the expiration of their membership. Doing so will keep members’ names current and visible on our website directory, in addition to helping maintain consistency in subscriptions, mailings, communications, journals, and members-only website access. Renewing on time also helps in the smoother administration of the organization. Renewals are due only weeks before the annual conference, so delays in renewing or conference registration creates additional organizational challenges that could result in temporary mistakes in maintaining proper records.
I joined ‘late’ this year. When is my renewal date?
SPCE uses a “fixed-date” membership as opposed to an “anniversary date” membership. For this reason, all memberships for all members expire annually on September 30. This is true for every member. If SPCE conducted anniversary-date memberships, the various mailings on journals, newsletters, online access permissions, paperwork, and other logistics would be in constant flux. For this reason, we have maintained fixed date membership for decades.
I am a new member or member whose membership lapsed. How does my membership or renewal work?
If you are a new member, “Welcome!” If you are a member returning after a break in membership, “Welcome back!” We’re thrilled to have you join us. Members with on-going renewals having no breaks in paying fees enjoy uninterrupted membership privileges. If you are joining or re-joining after an absence, your “new” membership dates and renewal dates will be based on when you join/re-join. Those new members or lapsed members who join anytime during the fall or spring will submit payment and gain privileges for the remainder of that academic year. Keep in mind that the Christian Education Journal (CEJ) subscription for members runs through the calendar year (Spring Issue around March or April, Fall Issue around October, with some occasional special issues). The SPCE membership, however, runs through the Fall-Spring-Summer Academic Year (September-September). As such, the date you join membership will affect when and how you receive your subscription to the CEJ, in addition to other membership benefits that require too much detail to discuss here. Those who join during the Fall OR Winter OR Spring will gain access at that time, but be expected to renew their membership once again when the “new academic year” begins in the Fall. If you do not wish to pay membership fees so close together, you can elect to wait until the new academic year begins in the Fall. Payments for the “new, upcoming membership year” for lapsed members rejoining and new members joining our organization will begin June 1. After that time, you will be entered into membership during the early summer and enjoy the remainder of the summer as a bonus, with your new membership technically beginning in September. This approach keeps you from renewing in June/July/August then having to pay a full membership renewal in September.
I want to join, but I also want to attend the annual conference. What should I do?
That is exciting! Our conference is an amazing time with outstanding people. If you are planning to attend the conference and wish to complete registration for both membership and conference together in one payment, you can do that at the “Conference” page on the website menu. You would simply choose the “Membership and Conference” payment option and we will note those actions. If you are unsure about attending our conference yet, please begin by joining our membership and then place a separate conference registration when you have made the decision to attend. For this reason, there are two payment pages, one for membership and another for conference. We provide the “membership and conference” option as a courtesy though people can make two separate payments just as easily.
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