Select Your Conference Registration
This page is for those considering attending our annual conference. Those who meet our organization’s criteria but who are not planning to attend the upcoming conference are invited to join our annual membership for on-going interaction, networking, and engagement with our many membership resources and members throughout the year. This includes all the relevant benefits to membership identified on our membership page, including having your name displayed on our organization’s public membership directory. If you are a current member for the upcoming academic year (all current memberships terminate on September 30 of each year), then you may contact us for a special payment “conference only” payment link. Note that this is available only to members whose membership is current and continues through the upcoming academic year (the academic year of the upcoming annual conference). Once your membership is verified as being current through the coming academic year, you will be emailed a conference-only payment link or an electronic invoice. Need assistance? E-mail us.
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.
Remittance Amount Options
Full Member Conference (Includes Full Annual Membership): $335
Full Member Conference (If Membership for the Next Academic Year Has Been Paid): $225
Associate Conference (Includes Student Annual Membership): $215
Associate Conference (If Membership for the Next Academic Year Has Been Paid): $135
Use This Payment Form and Mailing Address
Dr. Freddy Cardoza
Attn: SPCE Conference
Feinberg Hall #119
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639
Travel to the Conference: The conference is easily accessible by auto, bus, train, and plane.
Car: If you elect to drive in to the conference or rent a car locally, valet parking at the hotel is available at a premium, along with additional off site paid parking in lots in the near vicinity. There is little reliable free street parking in downtown St Louis.
Bus: Like the train station, the St Louis bus station is located beside the train station, only 3 blocks from the back of our conference headquarters hotel. Check frequently to find Greyhound bus deals into St Louis.
Train: It is not uncommon to find discount Amtrak tickets to Gateway Station on occasion in the Deals section, or check for student, senior, and other discounts. The train station is only 3 blocks from the back of the hotel.
Plane: Numerous airlines, including discount carriers fly in and out of St. Louis’s Lambert International Airport (STL). Check current fares. Once you arrive at the airport, you can easily take a local Bart Shuttle or hop on the MetroLink light rail to the Union Station stop (1 block from the back door) for a very inexpensive one way fare or check for multiday tickets.
About Hotel Reservations: Accommodations for our conference are being hosted by the St. Louis Union Station. This magnificent and historic hotel is in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103. You may contact the hotel directly for a conference reservation at (314) 231-1234 using the group name “SPCE” Conference, which is being held on October 25-27.
What if I want to attend the conference, but am not interested in joining this year’s annual membership?
Our organization is a membership-based organization, not unlike many health clubs, or big box stores such as “Sam’s Club” or “Costco.” In membership-based organizations, those who have a vested interest in the organization are given most of its benefits. Likewise, in SPCE, only those who become members are permitted to attend that year’s conference. This type of approach ensures that our conference isn’t simply an ‘event.’ SPCE has a specific vision and an intended audience, and our conference targets the needs of those who share our mission, vision, and values. By having membership, we provide our members with continuity, deep relationships, reliable networking, and group cohesion.
Can I attend the Annual Conference without being a member of SPCE?
The only non-members who may attend our annual conference are paying spouses of SPCE members. Member spouses may register on this page.
I am registered for the conference but need to cancel. What is your policy?
When a person registers for the annual conference, he or she pays for membership in our organization (student or full) and for conference registration. Typically these two items are paid together, but sometimes are paid separately. When a registered member discovers he or she cannot attend, the “membership” portion of the annual fee is not returned and the member continues to receive the various benefits of membership throughout the year. Separately, the “conference” portion of the annual fees can be returned in full until two weeks prior to the conference. The reason we retain the conference fee after that time is because, by then, most of our organization’s conference expenses are locked in and final reservations with hotels and other conference vendors are being made. At that point, part or all of the money for registered attendees becomes obligated and SPCE must pay for that number of registered guests. With that money committed, our organization must cover those costs even if a member cannot attend. For those reasons, conference fees are retained by the organization after that time, since it is still financially obligated to pay for those resources, at no fault of its own. For members or direct family members experiencing death or serious medical situations, there can be exceptions to this policy.
Why is SPCE’s Annual Conference ‘membership-based?’
Our organization and its identity is important to us. It is the product of decades of faithful service and sacrifice by those who entrusted us with this body. Our annual meetings are not merely “events” to be attended by those interested in our conference theme. SPCE annual conferences are gatherings of people who share similar interests, callings, and work. Our members identify with one another due to this kinship, and that makes our conferences distinct from many other organizations. Our events are marked by mutual recognition, respect, and collegiality. Annual conferences are where friends are made, trust is built, and partnerships are forged. On other non-membership-based conferences, “no membership requirements” means no membership standards or expectations. As such, anyone from any background can attend, and those conferences can vary wildly from year to year. With SPCE, our members are committed to certain ideals and this continuity is seen from year to year, as the influence of our organization broadens and our impact deepens. A membership-based conference allows us to collectively focus on the needs of our discipline and challenges within the broad guild of Christian Education as a whole. We invite like-minded Christians who are professors and professionals in educational ministry fields to be a part of our association. You are welcome here!
Is there a conference dress code?
Though the decorum of a professional conference is expected, expressions of dress vary and no dress code exists. However, in that this is a scholarly conference attended primarily by professors and doctoral students with aspirations to academic leadership, there has traditionally been an unspoken commitment of members to dress accordingly. As representatives of our guild, organization, and individual institutions, members are encouraged to uphold a minimum standard of appearance. Those who attend in “dressy casual” (tucked shirts/blouses and slacks/skirts) or “california casual” (untucked button-downs) are always in the mainstream. Men are frequently seen in button-up shirts, sweaters, and slacks or sometimes jeans. Women often wear slacks, skirts, and different types of tops. During sessions, members are discouraged from wearing shorts, t-shirts, and similarly informal, immodest, or distracting clothing. Again, this is not to say that there is a ‘dress code’ at our conference, as there is not. It is only a guideline to help new attendees plan for the event.
Can I register at the event?
Yes, though it is not encouraged. SPCE receives walk-ups at our conference on an annual basis and is glad to accommodate these members. Even so, final numbers for group meals and seating formations must be in some two weeks prior to the conference. Unannounced attendees not registered for the conference risk the challenge of alternate meal options, though they can usually be accommodated. Those who decide at the last minute to attend should be prepared to pay their conference fee (and non-current membership fee, if applicable) at arrival, prior to the conference, using cash or credit card (no checks or money orders, please). Please note that late registrants cannot be guaranteed a room at the headquarters hotel nor the advertised SPCE hotel conference rate. Contact SPCE for additional information and assistance.
How long does the headquarters hotel guarantee rates and rooms at the SPCE-advertised rate?
The SPCE room block and rate are available until (a) the reserved number and type of rooms in the block are exhausted, regardless of the cut off-date or (b) up until the cut-off date. At that point, it is up to the hotel to offer or not offer the previously-honored rate. Letting the hotel reservations staff know that you are in the SPCE Room Block is recommended, as you may be more likely to get the reduced rate. Otherwise, you will be identified as a standard customer and will usually be offered the going rack rate which may vary from night to night, depending on hotel occupancy.
I would like to room with another same-gendered SPCE attendee to save money. What should I do?
Though we do not offer this as a formal service, we do want to help. You can use our SPCE social media accounts and also complete the following SPCE Roommate Request Form