SPS 2021 Hybrid Event Details

This year, we recognize more than ever that the safety of our members is a top priority.  There are many of us who greatly look forward to the 2021 conference but are still apprehensive about travel or participation in such a large event.  For this reason, SPS is planning a hybrid event (SPS-Online) for the 2021 Annual Meeting.  This means you can decide whether you attend in person, on the campus of The King's University in Southlake, Texas or attend from the comfort and safety of your home.  If you do decide to attend online, we want you to know there are no corners cut on ensuring the online experience brings just as much energy, engagement, and choices of event attendance that you have come to enjoy from SPS.  Right now, there is an incredible group of people working tirelessly to build this online platform to include personal interviews, digital media, and livestream links that will allow you to view the parallel and plenary sessions.  Along with this, they are building in chat features and personal meeting space to give you as close to a live experience as possible where you can interact with colleagues and friends.  As this content comes together, we will begin featuring some of the highlights on the SPS website to give you a sneak peek at what is in the works.  This is a new and incredibly exciting aspect of the 2021 conference.  I am sincerely grateful for the men and women volunteering their time and creativity to bring this project to life.


Registration for the 2021 annual meeting is open but the early bird deadline is near.  If you plan to attend but haven’t decided if you plan to travel to Texas or participate online, we would like for you go ahead and register, knowing you can change your preference on how you attend the conference at a later date.  Given all of the the challenges we’ve faced this year, we want you to have some extra time to make that final decision on how you want to attend the conference.  We hope you will join us in-person this March.  However, if this just isn’t practical or the best choice for you then we do hope you will join us through the online conference.  Regardless of how you attend, I do not believe you will be disappointed in this year’s selection of papers, speakers, and roundtable events as we engage this year’s theme of global violence against women.

SPS-Online FAQ

The Society for Pentecostal Studies is planning a hybrid 2021 conference event that will be held face-to-face on the campus of The King's University as well as online.  We seek to create a vibrant and interactive meeting regardless of how your plan to attend. With the cancelation of the 2020 conference, it is more important than ever to bring our scholarly community together to share research, provide opportunities to learn from each other, learn about potential job opportunities and facilitate networking with publishers.  We know you have many questions as you make plans to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting.  This FAQ will be updated regularly.  If you have a question that is not answered below, we encourage you to send inquiries here.

  • Main Conference Details

    Conference Date: March 18-20, 2021

    Conference Time: Event start times are listed in the program and are scheduled for Central Standard Time


    Additional conference details are available here.

  • 2021 Conference Registration

    The registration cost is the same for both seated and online conference attendance.  SPS relies on membership dues and conference registration to cover its annual operating costs.  The conference budget is created to keep costs low for all attendees. 

  • NewrightarrowSTUDENT GROUP RATE

    We know many of our members are facing financial uncertainty as several institutions are eliminating travel funding.  For this reason, STUDENT members with groups of 5 or more can register for just $75 per person.  The non-group rate is $99 for student members.  

  • What is included in the Online Conference?

    We seek to provide a robust experience for online conference presenters and attendees.  All parallel and plenary sessions will be live-streamed using Zoom.  Access links and passwords will be provided to registered guests.  Additionally, live broadcasts such as interviews with popular SPS scholars, vendor Q/A, multi-media content, and more will be made available for both seated and online attendees.  As the online content is built, more information will be made available with "sneak peaks" linked in the SPS website.

  • I'm not sure How I want to Attend

    That's Okay!  If you know you plan to attend but are not sure which format is best, go ahead and register so that you lock in the early bird rate.  You'll select a preliminary attendance preference but you can always change your mind at a later date.

  • What safety precautions are used for the in-person Events?

    We are working closely with TKU and their recommendations from the local health authorities to follow their guidelines.  Rooms have reduced capacity seating to ensure social distance expectations.  Masks will be required at all events and cleaning precautions in place.  Our full response and guidelines will be available at a later date.

  • Will sessions be recorded?

    We seek to provide the same rich dialog for both seated and online attendees that you have grown to love over the years of attending SPS.  We want our members to have full academic freedom to express their creative ideas.  This means we will not record the parallel sessions out of respect for the ongoing research of our scholars.

  • Do I need to be a member to attend?

    While we hope you will consider membership with SPS in the future, you do not have to be a member to attend the online conference event.  Member and non-member costs are available on the Registration page.

  • Can I present my paper online?

    Normally, SPS strictly prohibits absentee presentations.  However, given the exceptional circumstances surrounding the 2021 meeting, presenters may present remotely online.  If this applies to you, more information is forthcoming but please contact your Interest Group Leader as quickly as possible to communicate your attendance plans.