Select Your Conference Registration
Selection Help: If you are a student, you qualify for Associate Membership and the Associate Conference rate. If you have not yet joined or renewed your SPCE Membership for this next academic year (this September through next summer), choose the Membership and Conference option. If you are a student who previously paid for membership for the coming academic year and have now decided to attend our conference, you should select the Conference without Membership option. All others (non-students) are considered professionals or professors and qualify for Full Membership. Similar to the explanation above, if you are wanting to renew your annual membership for the coming academic year and also register for the conference in one payment, choose the Full Membership and Conference option. If you previously paid for your full annual membership for the coming academic year and are now ready to register for the conference as an add-on, choose the Conference without Membership option. Also, spouses of non-members who wish to attend the conference as non-voting and non-member attendees may do so by using the Non-Member Conference rate. Need assistance? E-mail us now.
About Hotel Reservations Two options for discounted lodging have been arranged by our organization. See the hotel reservation page for details.
About the Shuttle SuperShuttle provides roundtrip transportation from Dallas Love Field (6-miles from hotel) or Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (14-miles from hotel) to area hotels. Please use our Discount Code BJKNP for the best SuperShuttle price. Book your reservation.
Why is there a separate Membership and Conference Fee? First, some organizations use separate accounts for memberships and conference fees, and need those charges to be made on two separate transactions. If that is your situation, you can pay your annual membership here and pay your conference fee on this page. In addition, 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. The reason we have both “membership” fees and “conference” fees is because some members are not able to attend our conference but still want the benefits of membership. Without having both, only conference attendees could be a part of our society. Separating the two allows for non-conference-attending members to take advantage of our membership, have full access to our website, and have their names displayed on our Directory, while being able to associate with colleagues and have access to membership content throughout the year.
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. 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 Next Year Has Been Paid): $225
Associate Conference (Includes Student Annual Membership): $215
Associate Conference (If Membership for Next Year Has Been Paid): $135
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.
Our Registration Conference Fees Include:
1. Attendance to the Annual Conference. Note: Membership Fee must be paid in order to attend the conference, as conferences are members-only events.
2. Access to all conference materials supplied by presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, and the organization before, during, or after the event.
3. Special SPCE Conference Rate on lodging at the Conference Hotel (available only by using the SPCE group block code when making hotel reservations). See Lodging.
4. Certain catered meals provided by SPCE as a part of your registration fee (number of meals varies by year).
5. The right to submit proposals to present your material to SPCE colleagues. Opportunities are limited, so apply by the “Call for Papers” and “Call for Proposals” deadlines on our Conference page.
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.
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
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