What is this thing?

The Saddleback Visual Arts / CreativeChurch Arts Conference is a unique, full three-day conference and retreat October 18-20, 2018 at the beautiful Saddleback Rancho Capistrano Retreat Center. Creative leaders, arts ministry practitioners, and renowned artists will share visionary ideas and practical applications during sessions, workshops, creative and interactive performances and experiences. Attendees will explore applications for the arts and creativity in the local church, discover creative inspiration, experience refreshing and empowering ministry, connect with their creative tribe, and have the opportunity for personal or team retreat time in a beautiful setting. *

    Who should come?

If you are at all interested in how God can reveal his love through the arts and creativity, this conference is for you. If you are a volunteer or part time artist leader, a staff church leader (Pastor, Worship Arts Pastor), an artist interested in ministry, or an arts supporter, you will find inspiration, practical models, creative community, and a refreshingcreative retreat at the Saddleback CreativeChurch Arts Conference.

    What does it cost?                 Register Now!

The conference ticket is $225, which includes breakfast each day and one special dinner. All main sessions, workshops, performances, and experiences are included in the ticket price.

We now have Friday evening ($20) (Rick Warren) and Saturday Single Day ($75) (includes Treasure (ish) Hunt dinner) tickets available for those who can’t make the entire conference. Go to the Registration page.

    Where will I stay?

This is really cool: we have a limited number of lovely on-site rooms at the retreat center, available at an incredibly affordable price. We would like to enable most attendees to stay on the property, so double occupancy is encouraged. All beds are Queen sized.

Room rates are as follows:

  • Double occupancy room: $35 per person, per night. (Thurs-Sat)
  • Single occupancy (for those who really want a room by themselves): $70 per night. (Thurs-Sat)
  • You can add Weds. night, pre-conference room on for $55, after you’ve selected your tickets at registration check out.

If you’d like to try to squeeze in an additional person or two, they can be added at $20 per person per night, but we have to limit room occupancy to 4. You’ll see instructions after you select your tickets at registration check out.

Obviously, at these amazingly affordable rates, rooms will go quickly, so register and claim your room as soon as possible. If you miss this deal or just prefer a hotel, see the details below. We may also have a limited number of host homes available.

    What is the setting and retreat center like?

You are going to be blown away. Its 170 acres of rolling hills, a lake, palm trees, prayer walks, Spanish-style buildings, fire pits, on-site lodging, and Orange County sunshine. See the “Setting” page for more pictures and more details.

    Who is speaking?

See our growing list of creative leaders, arts ministry practitioners, and renowned artists HERE.

    What kind of creative experiences can I expect?

In addition to the sessions, workshops, and retreat time in a beautiful setting, we have many inspiring creative and interactive experiences and performances planned for you! See the growing list HERE.

     Can I contribute?

Yes! We know that many of you have insights, ideas, and experiences to share about the arts in the church, so at the Saddleback CreativeChurch Arts Conference you’ll have opportunities to contribute to the conversation.

    What about meals?

We value connecting with our tribe over meals. You won’t need to leave the retreat center to do that for breakfast and lunch! AND Breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is included in your ticket price as well as one special dinner that will be part of our Treasur(ish) Hunt experience! You cover your daily lunches but we’ll make local food trucks available to you on the property! OR you can purchase a meal ticket when you register. Thursday and Friday dinner is on your own at one of a large variety of local eateries, and Saturday dinner is included with your ticket!

    How do I get there?

If you are driving: Saddleback’s Rancho Capistrano is in Orange Country, CA, at 29251 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 ,
just off I-5.

If you are flying: Saddleback’s Rancho Capistrano retreat is located less than a half hour from one of our favorite small airports; John Wayne Santa Ana (SNA). But if you can’t find a flight into there at the price you want, you can always fly into LAX, just over an hour away.

    What hotels are available?

There are many hotels within 12 miles. Here is a listing of Local hotels sorted by price.

   One more question: Is there a way to get a discount?

Yes! If you’d like to volunteer, discounts are available. See here.


(* Note: Most church “creative conferences” focus on either music ministry, tech ministry, or preaching. Our focus is on the visual, performing, and interactive arts*–powerful, yet often neglected creative resources for local churches. * = painting, dance, installations, drama, sculpture, galleries, arts outreach, congregational art, etc.)