The Spirit of Christian Formation
The vision of Pneuma is to offer high quality continuing education and retreat opportunities to anyone in educational and nurturing ministries; to provide a place where those who give so much can be refilled, renewed and recharged for their work; and to increase the professionalism and affirm the ministry of Christian Education and Formation.
Formerly known as the Western Christian Educators’ Conference, this group was founded in 1996 by a group of West Coast PC(USA) Christian educators who wanted to have a high quality conference to attend in the Western USA. In 2014, the Western Christian Educators' Conference rebranded itself as Pneuma. The conference was held each October at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, but is now being held at the Bishop's Ranch, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California, in Healdsburg, California.
Leadership includes local leaders from the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and the Episcopal Church.
at the Bishop's Ranch
Come to the Bishop's Ranch and dive deeply into that crucial space where faith, diversity, technology and formation intersect. Experience a world class conference of renewal and continuing education for a multitude of ministers. PNEUMA is for Pastors, Youth Workers, and Directors of Christian Education from across the many expressions of Church.
We are ECUMENICAL. The future of the church must be rooted in mutuality and cooperation across our historical boundaries.
We are WESTERN USA. Wide open spaces and dense urban jungles, ministry out west has its own blessings and challenges.
We are for ALL TYPES OF MINISTRY. We are all called to educate, form and nurture Christian practice in our communities, both lay and ordained.
PNEUMA is for any disciple who is focused on the nurturing of a contemporary, honest and compassionate Church.
Care for the Shepherds
A New Era at the Bishop's Ranch
Keynoter: Eric Law
Go and Do Likewise
Living the Way of Jesus
in an Emergent World
Keynote Speakers: Erin Dunigan and Mark Scandrette
Transformed by Hope
Imagining Faith Formation
in the 21st Century
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Keynote Speaker: John Roberto
Grow Up in Every Way
Healthy in God, Robust in Love
Keynote Speakers: Lisa Kimball and Rodger Nishioka