Equipping You For Impact

The hope fueling these efforts is that each attendee would leave the REACHgathering inspired, affirmed, connected, and equipped.

Over the course of three days you will have access to choose from dozens of breakout track sessions and be a part of three large group main sessions.

In addition to organized content by some of the leading sports ministry influencers in the world, REACH offers a Sponsor area to connect you to a host of helpful resources. You will leave changed and prepared for a year of ministry where you reach further.

Who Is A Good Fit?

Any Christian leader who focuses on church sports, recreation or fitness with a desire to see the gospel further advanced in their ministry.

A Perfect Setting

The Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center is outside Asheville, NC cradled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, Ridgecrest’s 1,300 acres invite you to leave your cares at the gate and enjoying an immaculate facility.

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the stage is primed for transformation

2019 main session speakers bring passion, experience, and a power that will inspire you.


Chip Sweney

Divisional Leader - Perimeter Church and Director of UNITE! Atlanta


Bryan White

City and Campus Transformation Pastor - Perimeter Church


Maged Fawzy

20 yrs as Sports Director - Kasr El Dobara Church, Cairo Egypt

Chip and Bryan have served together for over 15 years on the leadership team of UNITE! Atlanta. Committed to seeing local churches work together towards redemption and reconciliation in our city. They will be sharing from their experiences in what it looks like for us to love others who are different from ourselves and intentionally pursue reconciliation within our ministries and churches. In addition, both have professional or collegiate sports experience.

Currently serving as CEO and founder of WellSpring Egypt, Maged will share from his wealth of knowledge about empowering those we lead and how to minister in environments that are hostile to the Gospel message.


“God used REACH to show me how His work was happening, and could happen further, in our sports ministry. REACH is a must for anyone in sports ministry.”

- Todd Buck, Sports Minister


Frequently Asked Questions


Who should attend REACHgathering?
REACH is designed for anyone who currently uses or wishes to use the tools of sport, play, recreation, and fitness to reach their communities for Christ. Both vocational and lay church ministers are encouraged to attend.

Is lodging included in my fee?
No. Each participant is responsible for their own lodging. It is strongly recommended that all participants stay onsite to make the most of opportunities to connect with others. CLICK HERE to book your room online.

Is there a group rate for registration?
Yes! If you are bringing 3 or more people from the same church/organization to the event, participant 3+ will receive a $50 discount per person.

What meals are included in my fee?
Included in your fee are Dinner on Tuesday, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Wednesday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday. Snacks will also be provided throughout the event.

What is the closest airport to Ridgecrest?
There are 3 airports within a reasonable driving distance from Ridgecrest:
-  Asheville Regional Airport (29 miles - 30 minute drive)
-  Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (108 miles - 1 hr 30 min drive)
-  Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (93 miles - 1 hr 45 min drive)

Is transportation provided by REACH?
Once you arrive onsite at Ridgecrest all event activities are within easy walking distance and no transportation will be necessary during the event. Unfortunately REACHgathering does not provide any assistance with transportation to/from the event site. Beginning in March, we will post several forums to try and assist attendees in sharing rides to/from airports where possible, but each attendee is ultimately responsible for their own transportation.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards or checks. If paying by check you may still register online.

What if I need to cancel my event registration?
In the event of a cancellation, your request must be submitted using the online contact form. A full refund, minus a $50 per person processing fee, will be given if cancellation request is submitted 30 days prior to the event. Within 30 days of the event, no refund is available.

Who qualifies for a student rate?
Any full-time student currently enrolled at a college or university at any level of graduate or under graduate work is eligible.

Can I attend for just one day?
One day rates may be available. Please contact us for details using the online contact form.

Are scholarships available?
Unfortunately REACH does not currently offer any scholarships.

Are lodging rooms available before and after the event?
Yes. As long as space is available, Ridgecrest will honor the same room rate for pre/post event stays. Inquire with Ridgecrest about availability. 

What if I need to cancel my Lodging reservation at Ridgecrest?
Contact the front desk at Ridgecrest directly for any lodging related questions.

Can I stay off-site rather than in the Ridgecrest lodging?
We HIGHLY recommend that all participants stay onsite in order to take full advantage of opportunities to connect that only occur when we are together. If you must stay off site, there will be a $25 per person campus usage fee assessed by Ridgecrest.

Can I bring my children?
Families are valued and very important to REACHgathering leaders. We welcome children at REACH, especially nursing babies and older teens who by attending REACHgathering might gain a vision for, and encouragement to, become a Sports Minister. However, we are unable to provide any childcare for children during the event. Children are welcome to attend the general sessions or workshops if supervised by parents.

What will the weather be like?
In April, the average high temperature is 67 (Fahrenheit) and the average low is 45.

What is the dress code?
Attire is casual for all activities.

Are pets permitted at Ridgecrest?
Pets are not permitted in any Ridgecrest facility. However, service animals as defined by ADA regulations are permitted. Contact Ridgecrest for additional info if needed.

Still have Questions?
Click here to contact a REACHgathering representative.