Last Updated: January 2018

Across the nation, there are hundreds of conferences delivering top-notch information and inspiration to God’s people. Ever since the days of camp meetings, Christians have thrived on intense periods of Bible teaching, worship, and prayer. Today’s Christian conferences are designed to help Christians focus on their area of ministry, provide encouragement, and sharpen one’s skills tools for ministry. Conferences aren’t just for pastors or church leaders, either. There are Christian conferences for moms, dads, women, men, Sunday School teachers, families, new Christians, old Christians, and medium Christians. Basically, there’s a Christian conference for anyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with Christ.

 

If you haven’t attended a Christian conference before, consider this your invitation. And consider this list to be the menu from which you can choose. All Conferences are listed in alphabetical order.

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Top Christian Conferences for 2018 in the U.S.

Amplify Conference

Look around you. Look around the world. So many needs, so many wounds and pains and divisions. So.much.brokenness. God made flesh, God dwelt among us. That’s what our world needs. An unsaturated, uncomplicated reconciling gospel that proclaims one thing: the healing work of the cross that has crossed two thousand years to get to us. For some, sharing the gospel is a dim memory. For others, it’s an archaic command. For others, it’s the call of a few. For too many, it’s hard, filled with fear, uncertainty, and a lack of feeling prepared. What all of these views lack is the rock-solid truth that God has called all of us, God will equip us, and God will do the work. When we take our eyes off ourselves, God is lifted high for all to see. Amplify 2018 will allow us to strip out the complexities of gospel witness and reveal the simplicity of the gospel that overcomes all barriers. Christ crucified. Christ lifted high. Our world made new. What does the simple, stripped gospel message look like to you? And how are you showing & sharing it with a world in desperate need of it?

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  • June 26-28, 2018 (3 Days) Naperville, IL
    Speakers: Luis Palau, Laurel Bunker, Krish Kandiah, Danielle Strickland, Nick Hall, Will Graham, Miles McPherson, Ed Stetzer, Sarita Gallagher, Scott Chapman, Steve Carter, Lisa Fields, Tom Lin, Phil Vischer, Michael Oh, Nigel & Jessie Paul, Belinda Bauman
    Cost: Super Early-$149 (Ends Mar 31, 2018); Early-$199 (Ends May 31, 2018); Regular-$299

Answers In Genesis

The number of people practicing religions other than Christianity grows in the United States every year. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and classmates. How do we reach these precious people with the good news of the gospel?

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ARC Conference

Our goal is to see pastors and leaders encouraged, refreshed, and equipped to continue on the journey God has called them to. We hope that during your time with us, you will be able to relax, build new relationships, and leave more excited about this calling than ever before.

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BASICcon

BASICcon is the national conference held by BASIC College Ministries. This event is held regularly each spring and fall in Rochester, NY. BASIC stands for “Brothers and Sisters in Christ.” BASIC College Ministries’ mission is to serve and equip local churches to help college students succeed in college and life. This is accomplished by resourcing them to start chapters that meet weekly on over 30 campuses across the Northeast.

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Bethel Conference

Bethel is a congregation rooted in the love of God and dedicated to worldwide transformation through revival. It’s our goal for God’s love to be manifest in signs, wonders and miracles. The atmosphere at Bethel is charged with faith and exuberant joy, which manifests in all we do. We believe we’re on the edge of the greatest revival of all time. It’s our vision to see history become His-story as the kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of our God. We welcome you to join us in this adventure!

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Bethlehem Conference

BASICcon is the national conference held by BASIC College Ministries. This event is held regularly each spring and fall in Rochester, NY. BASIC stands for “Brothers and Sisters in Christ.” BASIC College Ministries’ mission is to serve and equip local churches to help college students succeed in college and life. This is accomplished by resourcing them to start chapters that meet weekly on over 30 campuses across the Northeast.

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  • January 15-17, 2018 (3 Days) Minneapolis, MN
    Speakers: John Piper, Jason Meyer, Sam Storms, Francis Chan, Kevin DeYoung, Miguel Nunez, Don Whitney, Susan Hunt, Kristie Anyabwile, Jairo Namnun, David Powlison, Paul Tripp, Jarvis Williams, Aaron & Tiffany Johnson, Courtney Reissig, David M. Bailey, John Onwuchekwa, Jonathan Dodson
    Cost: Regular-$185

C3 Conference

Hosted by noted Christian leader Ed Young, the C3 Conference is a 48-hour experience of energy, excitement, and passion, rooted in the cause of Christ. The lineup of speakers is selected to deliver information on the most relevant topics and in the most relevant way.

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Calibrate

One of the most underserved segments of a church staff is the worship department. We are not talking specifically about one organization, what we are talking about is the community of Worship Pastors and staff. Notice we use the word “Pastors” because the Worship Pastor and his staff are responsible for creating an environment that is conducive for people to connect with the body of Christ. It is biblically commanded that the community come together and worship.

This is not a songwriter symposium or a creative conference. This is about discipleship, why Worship Pastors and teams do what they do, and how they connect each and every day.

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Calvin Symposium on Worship

The annual Calvin Symposium on Worship is a three-day conference sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching.

The conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers. People come from around the world for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning together, seeking to develop their gifts, encourage each other and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church.

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Catalyst Conference

Hosted by Catalyst, one of the most innovative conference leaders around, this conference takes church leaders where they are at and helps boost them to a new level. Leadership requires resilience, organization, love, and practical wisdom. This is the conference that will help you get there.

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Challenge Conference

Challenge is the national conference for EFCA students entering 7th through completion of 12th grade. It has proven to be a catalytic environment challenging students to live on mission with God every day, everywhere, forever.

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  • July 2-6, 2018 (5 Days) Kansas City, MO
    Speakers: Ben Stuart, Jackie Hill Perry, David Bowden, Matt Reagan, Chris Brown, Chris Hilken, Reid Kapple, Shane Stacey, Seventh Hour, Urban Rescue
    Cost: Early Bird-$299; Regular-$329; Last-Minute-$379

Children’s Ministry Conference

CMConnect’s Children’s Ministry Conference is organized by the church – for the Church. Unlike any other conference, it is designed to meet the specific needs of those in children’s ministry and to solve problems you face in your church.

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  • April 30-May 3, 2018 (4 Days) Brighton, MI
    Speakers: Squirt, Brad Tate, Tim and Amanda Cowles, Michael Chanley, Alex Fedorchuk, Luz Figueroa, Lori Bethran, Barry Newton, Tom Toombs, Ragaee Azab, Greg Baird, Roger Fields, Heidi Hensley, Jonathan Constant, Karen Rhodes, Elevate Dance Ministry, Justin Graves Band
    Cost: Early-$99 (Ends Feb 1, 2018); Regular-$169

Children’s Pastors’ Conference

The Children’s Pastors’ Conference (CPC) is the largest independent conference for children’s and family ministry leaders. Feel rejuvenated and empowered after hearing from the world-class leaders and kidmin experts and veterans teaching at CPC. Get connected to incredible tools, curriculum, ideas, and more for your ministry through our Resource Center. CPC is an experience you will never forget.

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  • January 16-18, 2018 (3 Days) Orlando, FL
    Speakers: Melissa J. MacDonald, Beth Guckenberger, C. McNair Wilson, Christine Yount Jones, Lisa Harper, John Ortberg, Louie Giglio
    Cost: Super Early Bird-$319; Regular-$399

Christ Fellowship Conference

Learn strategies that will help you establish and maintain a healthy culture. Build a spirit of stewardship and generosity among your people. Empower the next generation to embrace the church today. Lead through times of transition in ministry with confidence and direction. Experience excellence in creativity and leadership.

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Christian Musician Summit

The Christian Musician Summit conferences exist to provide practical training, equipping and resources for musicians, worship leaders, technicians, pastors, songwriters, and independent artists in order to improve skill and inspire talent for God’s glory.

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Church Sound & Media Techs Conference

CSMT Conference is a Church Tech Conference for all Church Techs, for any size and denomination Church. It is a very affordable way to get Training in Audio, Lighting, Media & More.

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Circles Conference

Circles Co. provides creatives of all levels and backgrounds, experiences that can help propel their ideas forward. We’re here to connect them with world-changing thinkers and leaders in the creative industry, and help reignite their passion for the visual.

Our mission is to empower creatives to be their best creative selfs though building experiences that will enhance their lives + creativity.

Here at Circles Co. we strive to bring you the best of the best to share their knowledge and process. Whether they are the up-and-comers whose work you need to be watching or the design leaders whose portfolios you’ve long admired; with this speaker line up, you are guaranteed to leave inspired and ready to create.

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City First Church Conferences

Our conferences are engaging environments designed to help people encounter God in a personal way. Each conference weekend is jam-packed with moments of powerful worship, incredible speakers, helpful practical application, and a ton of fun and creativity too! You will leave feeling refreshed, recharged, and inspired to tackle whatever life has for you!

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Collyde Summit

Collyde Summit is a gathering of passionate believers in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, who love Jesus and are convicted to become world changers.

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Connect Gathering

Traditionally we begin with a reception on Monday evening to welcome pastors, their wives and key staff attending. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are loaded with incredible teachings by outstanding church ministry leaders who share their experiences and challenge the audience to move to the next level. There’s also plenty of fellowship time and a sit-down dinner on Tuesday night. The gathering officially concludes Wednesday by noon.

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D3 Youth Conference

The opening Psalm describes a person who flourishes by standing firm in God’s word through all circumstances. The psalmist shows Christians how to live in light of the mounting pressures of this world. This summer, students from around the country will gather to study these themes for the 2017 D3 Youth Conference: Stand Firm.

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D6 Family Conference

Bring your whole team. Bring your whole family. But most of all, bring a heart to be changed. “D6” stands for Deuteronomy 6, which contains the key text for family ministry. This conference is a focused event that helps church leaders and volunteers increase their effectiveness in reaching families.

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  • September 19-21, 2018 (3 Days) Greensboro, NC
    Speakers: Lee Strobel, Dannah Gresh, Ron Hunter, Robby Gallaty, Meredith Andrews, David Prince, Leneita Fix, John Stonestreet, Rob Rienow, Richard Ross, Scott Turansky, Eddie Moody
    Cost: Super Early Bird-$199; Special-$169; Standard-$299

Drive Conference

Drive Conference is for church leaders who are continually shifting gears to keep up with the demands of ministry. At Drive, you’ll attend four main sessions, in which Andy Stanley will share his latest thoughts on leadership and ministry.

There will also be a variety of breakout sessions led by key communicators from North Point Ministries. These breakouts offer an opportunity to dive deep into ministry areas that interest you.

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  • Dates TBD Alpharetta, GA
    Speakers: TBD
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Encounter: Jesus Culture

The Lord has shown us over and over again that a single encounter with Him will change everything. He has shown us this in our own lives, as well as in the Bible. There are countless stories of people who encountered Him and were left forever changed.

Our hope and prayer is that these stories wouldn’t just be stories to you, but that they would be fuel to the fire that is already within you.

Whether you are on a mountain top or in a valley, cling to the truth that what He has done He will do again. Hold these stories close and feel hope arise.

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Essential Church Conference

What is essential to your church? What are the things that matter most out of all the things you do? It’s so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of more, or to lose ourselves in the busyness of the urgent and the good, that we end up drifting from the center. It’s time to return to the heart of it all, to strengthen the core, to become best at what matters most.

This Fall, we want to host a conversation that will help you explore the health, the story, the practices, structures, and power that are essential to our call as local church ministry leaders. It’s time to become an essential church.

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Etch: Family Ministry Conference

More than half of church attendees are kids. We can’t afford to neglect them. LifeWay, a notable provider of children’s ministry resources, is on a mission to empower the church to minister more effectively to kids. This conference, designed for the leaders and volunteers in children’s ministry will leave no one unchanged. And, hey, since it’s about kids, why not have a little fun while you’re at it? Mission accomplished.

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Experience Conference

Experience sums up what this conference is all about — experiencing God through worship. The conference features some of the world’s best-known and most-loved Christian artists. It’s three days of worship that you will never forget, and that will leave you humbled, changed, and in awe of God.

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  • Florida: September 4-7, 2018 (4 Days) Orlando, FL
    Speakers: Scot Longyear, Thomas Miller, Vertical Worship, Word Worship Music, Zach Williams, Aaron Shust, All About Worship, Dustin Smith, Iron Bell Music, Levitical Rise, Luke Macdonald, Michele Cushatt, One Sonic Society, Paul Baloche
    Cost: Early-$289 (Ends Mar 1, 2018); Early-$329 (Ends May 3, 2018); Early-$369 (June 28, 2018); Early-$409 (Ends Aug 21, 2018); Regular-$449

Exponential Conference

Exponential is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities. We equip movement makers with actionable principles, ideas and solutions. We are passionate about accelerating multiplication through movement makers!

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FILO (First-in Last-out) Conference

The FILO Conference aims to provide inspiring tools for everyone involved in the church technical arts looking for design, development and business insights. Whether you are a volunteer or a staff person, an audio engineer or a graphics operator, set builder or jack of all trades, there is something unique here for you and the role you play in your local church.

FILO stands for First In Last Out. If you are a technical artist in the local church, you know what it feels like to be there to unlock the doors of the church before anyone gets there. Long after the event is “done” you and your teams are still there getting things ready for the next event. Many times you are the first one in and the last one to leave. This idea describes what most technical artists feel like.

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Flashpoint Conference

Come join us at one of the FlashPoint Disciple-Making Conferences as we explore the distinction of love that proves we are disciples – come alongside our amazing speakers as they dig into both the strategy of making our churches and ministries to be those that are disciple-making and the skills needed to be disciple-makers ourselves.

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Future of the Church Summit

What is the future of the church? We should care. Today’s church is experiencing a seismic shift, massive cultural change, and the ingredients for massive upheaval in the years ahead. The Future of the Church Summit is the perfect place to discuss these trends and develop a strategy that will endure for the future.

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  • October 24-26, 2018 (3 Days) Loveland, CO
    Speakers: Jonny Baker, David Haskell, James Misner, Rich Stearns, Renee Stearns, Andrea Syverson, Thom Schultz, Joani Schultz, Rick Lawrence, Megan Devore
    Cost: Early Bird-$275 (Ends Aug 3, 2018); Advance-$300 (Ends Sep 28, 2018); Regular-$375

G3 Conference

The mission of the G3 Conference is to educate, encourage, and equip for the work of ministry and for the glory of God. Our mission is built upon the foundation of the holy Scriptures and upheld by three pillars – gospel, grace, and glory. It is our goal to see the people who attend the G3 to reach the neighborhoods and the nations with the gospel.

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  • January 17-20, 2018 (3 Days) College Park, GA
    Speakers: Steven Lawson, Voddie Baucham, Phil Johnson, Keith Getty, H.B. Charles Jr., Tim Challies, Josh Buice, James White, Tom Ascol, Anthony Mathenia, Michael Kruger, David Miller, Paul Tripp, Todd Friel, Derek Thomas, Martha Peace, Justin Peters, Stephen Nichols
    Cost: Regular-$219

Gateway Conference

Pastors are constantly ministering, serving, giving, pouring out, and maybe…just maybe, feeling a bit exhausted. Gateway Church gives God’s ministers a time to be ministered unto, sharing powerful teaching, tactical methods for ministry, and the encouraging embrace of warm Christian fellowship.

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Global Leadership Summit

Willow Creek knows how to put on a conference. Nearly who has attended this particular conference has experienced a clearer vision, actionable tips for leadership, and a greater heart for people and the church. Learn management. Learn organization. Learn leadership.

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Hawaiian Island Ministries Conference

Since its founding, HIM has gathered believers from across denominations, generations and cultures around Jesus to be the Body of Christ. HIM equips, embraces, emboldens, and encourages men, women and youth toward Christian transformation, unity, and lives that make a difference now and for eternity.

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Heaven Come Conference

Our 3rd Heaven Come Conference is centered on communing with God, the One who is near. Jesus came and dwelled among us, leaving us the gift of His Spirit. As we abide in Him, more of His kingdom is established in us, through us, and around us.

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  • May 31-June 2, 2018 (3 Days) Dallas, TX
    Speakers: Brian and Jenn Johnson, Bill Johnson, Christine Caine, Rita Springer, Jonathan & Melissa Helser, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, Cory Asbury, Kristene DiMarco, Kalley Heiligenthal, Josh Baldwin, Hunter Thompson, Paul & Hannah McClure, Sean Feucht
    Cost: Regular-$185 (Ends Apr 30, 2018); Last Chance-$195 (Ends May 31, 2018)

Hillsong Conference

Hillsong Conference is about championing THE Church of Jesus Christ; and together, WE are the Church. It is for people of all ages who are passionate about the local church and the call of the Kingdom of God.

Every year thousands of Christians, from hundreds of churches, unite under one Name at Hillsong Conference. This is an opportunity for you and your team to pause, listen and hear from God. Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and experience of inspirational church leaders, make an investment into your own personal leadership and be inspired and equipped with practical tools that will benefit your local church.

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Hillsong: Colour Conference

My prayer is that as we gather again in 2017, that friendship, vision and calling will be strengthened – and that even if you are reading this for the first time or aren’t fully sure of what it all means, that regardless, you’ll sense there is more to life and more to what lies within you. The invitation to be part of a movement of world-changing women isn’t exclusive – it began for all of us with an initial response.

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Ideas to Impact

Today’s church relies on the spark of innovative ideas and the advance of cutting-edge technology. This is the place where the spark turns into a fire. Presenters and speakers share resources, software, tools, and management resources, giving churches the most powerful tools available.

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IMMERSE

IMMERSE is about taking the next step. You can sing, play or write but know there’s still whole a lot more to learn about making really great music. IMMERSE brings experienced teachers together to walk you through the daunting process of recording, writing a great harmony, stage presence and literally hundreds of other topics that can overwhelm the creative mind. We’ve distilled the most important information, mixed it with networking opportunities among attendees and industry execs, added a unique mentoring and competition element called reVIEWyou plus thrown in some really great music all in the heart of Music City USA, Nashville.

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  • June 11-13, 2018 (3 Days) Nashville, TN
    Speakers: Kari Jobe, Bernie Herms, Mandisa, Bart Millard, Gloria Gaither, Love & The Outcome, Michael Farren, VaShawn Mitchell and many more
    Cost: Early Bird Rate-$199 (Ends Mar 31, 2018); Regular-$249

Inspiration Cruises and Tours

Inspiration Cruises & Tours is a Christian travel management company specializing in group travel experiences for Christian ministries and churches since 1981. As seasoned travel advisors, we partner with ministry and church leaders to prepare once-in-a-lifetime Christian cruises and Christian tours for like-minded people to get away and meet God in a unique setting. We care deeply about your travel experience.

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International House of Prayer Conference

The Onething conference is a gathering of young adults who have purposed in their hearts to live with abandonment and devotion to Jesus. We invite you to join 20,000 young adults in Kansas City this December to encounter Jesus through extended times of worship, teaching of the Word, and ministry in the power of the Spirit.

Our primary aim as we gather is to encounter the majesty and beauty of Jesus, our glorious King, that we might go forth empowered to do His works, be His voice, and see many lives changed.

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International Pastors & Leadership Conference

E2i (Effort To Impact) is where thousands of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, leaders, and pastors unite. Over the span of four days, you’ll glean insights on how to catalyze the greatest impact in your enterprise or ministry.

As the theme for the International Pastors & Leadership (IP&L) Conference 2018, E2i will elevate your effort to impact people, processes, workflow, investments, marketing and advertising, communication, and more. Whether you’re a tenured leader or a millennial entrepreneur, E2i will equip you to make a positive impact in today’s cross-generational environments.

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International Worship & Artists Summit

Gospel Heritage provides you the opportunity to connect with church and ministry workers and leaders! It’s an experience like no other! The International Worship And Artists Summit is acknowledged by many as the premiere gathering for both education and inspiration. It is attended by pastors, worship and arts teams (directors, singers and musicians), Gospel recording artists, Record Industry professionals and Gospel Music fans. The Summit will feature both daytime classes and evening services along with other special presentations that should not be missed.

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  • February 22-24, 2018 (3 Days) Nashville, TN
    Speakers: Isreal Houghton, Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, Jasmin “Jazz” Sculark, Pastor Jonathan Miller, Maranda Curtis, Todd Galberth, Kathy Taylor, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, Trent Phillips, Melissa Williams, Phil Thornton, Gina Miller
    Cost: Early-$129 (Ends Feb 17, 2018); Regular-$149

James River Church

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Leadercast Live

Leadercast Live is the world’s largest one-day leadership event, with more than 100,000 attendees participating at 700-plus locations in 20 countries around the globe. It is designed for those seeking inspiration and improvement in leadership, whether you attend as an individual or with a group.

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Ligonier Ministries

The fact is, we live in a world that is crying out in need for a savior. The entire church must be mobilized to answer the call and embark on the mission. The NACC conference is designed to encourage and equip believers to do just that.

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  • Awakening: March 8-10, 2018 (3 Days) Orlando, FL
    Speakers: Rosaria Butterfield, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Tim Keesee, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, Miguel Nunez, Burk Parsons, R.C. Sproul, Joni Eareckson Tada, Derek Thomas
    Cost: Early-$179 (Ends Sep 1, 2017); Regular-$209 (Ends Feb 26, 2018); Final-$229 (Ends Mar 9, 2018)
  • Defending the Faith: June 8-9, 2018 (2 Days) Redmond, WA
    Speakers: W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, Ravi Zacharias
    Cost: Early-$79 (Ends Mar 31, 2018); Regular-$99 (Ends Jun 8, 2018)

Linger Conference

Whether you’re tired, stressed or in a season of drought, the only place you will find true rest is in the presence of the Lord. Linger provides you the opportunity to slow down, set aside time and experience the joy and peace that only God can provide. Join us for two days of unhurried times of worship in song and biblical teaching.

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  • February 16-17, 2018 (2 Days) Dallas, TX
    Speakers: Shane and Shane, Eric Mason, Ben Stuart, JR Vassar, Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, People and Songs, Bethany Barnard, Jim Cymbala, Jonathan Pokluda, Phil Wickham, Jimmy Needham, Todd Wagner
    Cost: Early-$159 (Ends Feb 5, 2018); Regular-$189

National Conference on Youth Ministries

The National Conference on Youth Ministries dishes up four days of thorough instruction, training, and encouragement for youth workers. It’s an opportunity to change your entire approach to ministry and deepen your commitment to life change.

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National Worship Leader Conference

Worship leaders, pay attention. This one’s for you! This conference features a lineup of Christian worship leaders and bands that will rival any Christian conference you’ve attended. It’s time to learn from the best and to enjoy worship sessions all day long.

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North American Christian Convention

The fact is, we live in a world that is crying out in need for a savior. The entire church must be mobilized to answer the call and embark on the mission. The NACC conference is designed to encourage and equip believers to do just that.

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  • This Changes Everything: June 26-28, 2018 (3 Days) Indianapolis, IN
    Speakers: Drew Sherman, Gene Appel, Aaron Brockett, Sam Chand, Herbert Cooper, John Crist, Michael DeFazio, Chris Hodges, Carey Nieuwhof, James Okalo, Bianca Olthoff, Steve Poe, Bob Russell, Danielle Strickland, J. Warner Wallace, Jon Weece, Jud Wilhite
    Cost: Early-$89 (Ends Apr 1, 2018); Regular-$99

Northwest Ministry Conference

At NW MinCon, we are committed to offering a time to refresh ones spirit, thinking, creativity, leadership and ministry paradigm. While we do offer hundreds of workshops and experiences, but our goal is not to overwhelm our attendees. We want to encourage and reFresh them with great choices and exciting options that challenge and equip for greater Kingdom impact. We bring in experts both local and from across America who inspire with tools and ideas to help church leaders and volunteers continue to be successful in the ministry where God has called them.

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NRB International Christian Media Convention

The Proclaim Exposition is the largest marketplace dedicated to Christian media professionals. This award-winning Exposition is alive with resources to help expand and enhance your media efforts. Whether you are a broadcaster, media pastor, program producer, film producer, webmaster, social media manager, blogger, podcaster, author, publisher, or other communications professional, the breadth and depth of the Exhibit Hall provide the resources you are looking for. From innovative ideas and endeavors to must-have tools and equipment, the Expo has it all! Plan to take some extended time to explore the hall to receive the best benefit from the Proclaim Exposition! Approximately 200 exhibitors will showcase their products and services.

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The Orange Conference

We’ve designed the conference for entire family ministry teams. We encourage you to not only bring your department, but all interested in a complete strategy for the church. Our offerings touch on the subject matter for preschool, children’s, student, NextGen and senior leaders as well as volunteers. Everyone has a place at The Orange Conference.

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  • One Voice: April 25-27, 2018 (3 Days) Atlanta, GA
    Speakers: Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, Kara Powell, Carlos Whittaker, Latasha Morrison, Louie Giglio, Virginia Ward, Doug Fields, Danielle Strickland, Ryan Leak, Gerald Fadayomi, Mike Park, Sue Miller, Dr. John Townsend
    Cost: Early-$299; Regular-$349

The Outcomes Conference

For Christian leaders, these are times of both unique challenge and powerful opportunity. God is moving hearts. The gospel is bearing fruit. Physical needs are being met. Lives are being changed!

The momentum is growing!

Our prayer is that your kingdom efforts bear fruit and grow as a result of our conference leadership training. At the Outcomes Conference, we’re featuring keynote speakers who embrace this power of kingdom momentum. Join us!

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Outreach Summit

Join us for an intimate and practical gathering where you will have a chance to hear from the newest and freshest voices in outreach and evangelism and come away with innovative, church-tested ideas for reaching out to your community.

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Passion Conference

There are 16 million college students in the world. This alone comprises one of the vastest and most needy mission fields. Who will reach them? Passion Conferences are on a mission to inspire students to reach their own. This conference and its entire experience of discipleship and teaching lives up to its moniker — passion — and is a powerful force for change in the world.

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Power & Love Schools

It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to “come out of the closet!” We have the best-kept secret of signs, wonders and miracles but until recently, they have been accessible only to those who might venture into one of our meetings! We believe that this is the season for Christians to demonstrate the gifts of prophecy, word of knowledge, and healing IN THE WORLD! We won’t be “arguing people into the kingdom” anymore…we will be demonstrating the love of God through revelation and power!

The plan is to hold Schools of Power & Love in cities across the US designed to empower you in the gifts of prophecy and healing as a lifestyle! These gifted teachers will not only give you a wonderful new understanding of power evangelism but then you will be “activated” as you “do the stuff” of the kingdom!

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Q Conference

Q was created a decade ago in response to God’s calling our team to prepare for the cultural moment we now inhabit. Meet the founder and hear the heart behind the vision for Q 2018.

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  • Q Conference: April 11-13, 2018 (3 Days) Nashville, TN
    Speakers: Tony Hale, Scott Hamilton, Bobette Buster, Micah Bournes, Wynter Pitts, Ford Fry, Tiffany Whittier & Michael Kent, David Nasser, Tony Evans, Rebekah Lyons, Andy Crouch, Greg Thompson, Sho Baraka
    Cost: Regular-$399

Refresh Conference

We understand what it’s like to raise kids who come from traumatic pasts. We know firsthand what it’s like to make the sacrifices. To be weighed down with shame and sheer exhaustion. We know. We are right there with you. That’s why we started Refresh back in 2011.

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  • March 2-3, 2018 (2 Days) Redmond, WA
    Speakers: Ann Voskamp, Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, Kyle Raney, Dr. Wess Stafford, Dr. David & Jayne Schooler, Daren Jones, Alise Hegle, Angela Tucker, Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, Deborah Gray, Mike & Kristin Berry, Mike Howerton, Michele & Andrew Schneidler
    Cost: Regular-$69 (Ends Feb 25, 2018); Late-$79

Renegade Pastors Conference

You can now be a part of the ultimate event for Renegade Pastors that will equip, encourage and motivate you to reach your maximum growth potential!

Ministry is challenging — but you don’t need to do it alone. Get the insights and inspiration you need to face those obstacles head-on and perform at the highest level as a church leader.

Discover practical tips to honor God in your personal life and ministry, advanced leadership insights, and best practices from our speakers and other successful “Renegades” from across the country.

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RightNow Conference

In the beginning, God created light. When He made humanity, God infused the first man and woman with His own glory–so they would blaze with His light in the universe. But humanity’s sin snuffed out the flame. Through history, those who followed God flickered with His glory. Then God became human. In His perfect life and death, Jesus brought light back to our fallen race. At the 2016 RightNow Conference, we will gather together and explore how we can BLAZE WITH GOD’S GLORY–through the POWER OF JESUS’ GOSPEL and with the FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. In this darkened world, WE WERE MADE TO SHINE.

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  • April 12-13, 2018 (2 Days) Orlando, FL
    Speakers: J.D. Greear, Joby Martin, Chip Ingram, Jonathan Evans, Tom Nelson, David Uth, Sharon Hodde Miller, Jonathan Pokluda, Nicole Unice
    Cost: $99 (Ends Jan 18, 2018); $139 (Ends Feb 15, 2018); $179 (Ends Mar 15, 2018); $199 (Ends Apr 11, 2018); Door-$249
  • May 17-18, 2018 (2 Days) Chicago, IL
    Speakers: Kyle Idleman, Dave Ferguson, Chip Ingram, Jonathan Evans, Tom Nelson, Sharon Hodde Miller, Jonathan Pokluda, Nicole Unice, Conway Edwards
    Cost: $99 (Ends Jan 25, 2018); $139 (Ends Mar 1, 2018); $179 (Ends Apr 5, 2018); $199 (Ends May 16, 2018); Door-$249
  • November 7-9, 2018 (3 Days) Dallas, TX
    Speakers: TBD
    Cost: TBD

Salt Conference

At #SALT18, we are returning to Nashville, TN for a 3-day conference for the creative and technical arts community. With inspiring environments, unhindered moments of worship, powerful speakers and a multitude of practical workshops on creativity, this will be an event you won’t want to miss!

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Send Conference

The drive of this conference is to see a movement of people from within the church living out the mission of God. The conference is designed for students, business people, soccer moms, church planters, grandmothers, lawyers, pastors, baristas – it is for the entirety of the church.

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Shepherd’s Conference

The 2018 Shepherds’ Conference will center around the theme, “I Will Build My Church.” In this video, John MacArthur explains the implications of these words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18 and discusses why rediscovering what the Bible says about the church is so crucial for our generation.

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  • March 7-9, 2018 (3 Days) Sun Valley, CA
    Speakers: John MacArthur, H.B. Charles, Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, Steven Lawson, Art Azurdia, Tom Pennington, Phil Johnson, Austin Duncan
    Cost: Regular-$379

Simply Worship

A small church in Massachusetts asked us to come help train their team early in 2012. We decided to open the one-day event to other churches. 125 worship leaders from dozens of churches attended. The response was overwhelming and the need was clear.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran of worship ministry or are new to serving the church in the worship arts arena, we have designed Simply Worship to serve you. For churches who have dedicated staff leading the worship arts area, Simply Worship is a perfect event to equip and encourage your volunteer community.

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Sing!

This conference exists to help pastors, musicians, and leaders build a Biblical understanding and creative vision for the congregational singing in their churches. Bringing together speakers and artists from many traditions and walks of life, our desire is to encourage churches towards a deeper, more dynamic view of theology, artistry and mission in congregational singing.

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Song Summit West

A one-day songwriting intensive for those who want to explore the art of songwriting for the church. Main sessions will include more general topics that are applicable to songwriters at all stages.

Breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics and will provide options for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned writer (and anyone in between).

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Sticky Teams Conference

This year’s conference takes a look at how we can discover new ministry directions that allow us to lead our teams in different and better ways. Sticky Teams features training from experienced ministry experts for pastors and church leaders of all kinds. Our “no green room” policy gives you unprecedented access to speakers and presenters, and our small conference size maximizes interaction and learning.

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Superstart Conference

The only conference of its kind, Christ in Youth helps pre-teens in their walk with Jesus. Whether passionate for Christ, confused about it all, or just wanting to enjoy good fellowship, this is the conference that can change the life of any pre-teen. With unprecedented numbers of youths leaving the faith, this conference could be just what your pre-teen child needs.

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  • Orlando, FL: January 26-27, 2018 (2 Days) 
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Jan 10, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Jan 19, 2018); Late-$60
  • Dallas, TX: February 2-3, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Jan 10, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Jan 19, 2018); Late-$60
  • Houston, TX: February 9-10, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Jan 10, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Jan 26, 2018); Late-$60
  • Tulsa, OK: February 16-17, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Jan 17, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Feb 2, 2018); Late-$60
  • Indianapolis, IN: March 2-3, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Jan 31, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Feb 16, 2018); Late-$60
  • Bloomington, IL: March 9-10, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Feb 7, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Feb 23, 2018); Late-$60
  • Cincinnati, OH: March 16-17, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Feb 14, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Mar 2, 2018); Late-$60
  • Chicago, IL: Apr 13-14, 2018 (2 Days)
    Bands: Elevation Worship, Hillsong Y&F, Hillsong, Kristian Stanfill, Worship Central, Vertical Church, Mosaic
    Cost: Early-$50 (Ends Mar 14, 2018); Regular-$55 (Ends Mar 30, 2018); Late-$60

Surrender Conference

The SURRENDER conference is a gathering of Christians from across Australia to share ideas, stories and hope on justice, discipleship and mission. The SURRENDER conference is for people from all walks of life – with workshops for first-timers, amazing keynote speaker and performing artists and, fantastic programs for kids and youth, and heaps more!

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Synergize

The Synergize 2018! Conference is brought to you by the Billion Soul Network, located in the Greater Orlando Area. This global conference has been developed and designed for leaders who desire to network, synergize and mobilize for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. This world class conference is for those who want to go beyond just “doing church” to embark on a Christian ministry adventure that could impact their entire community and the world.

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  • January 23-25, 2018 (3 Days) Orlando, FL
    Speakers: Peter Mortlock, James Merritt, Eddy Leo, Samuel Rodriguez, Doug Beacham, Dr. Gustavo Crocker, Bishop Efraim Tendero, Leon Fontaine, Alberto Salcedo, Poncho Murguia, David Sobrepena, Slavik Radchuk, Rick Bezet, Jay Haizlip, Dr. James Marocco, Glenn Burris, David Mohan, Peter Wenz, James O. Davis, Timothy Hill, Samson O. Ayokunle, Bishwa dev Khadka, Martin Mutyebele, James Hudson Taylor IV, Suliasi Kurulo, Leonard Sweet, Kenneth Ulmer
    Cost: $195

Teach Them Diligently

The Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention was born out of a recognized need for more events celebrating the focus of Christian Homeschool Families — that is, to disciple their children to glorify God. The organizers of this convention are also officers of Worldwide Tentmakers, a mission agency focused on tentmaking as a missions strategy (as in Acts 18), therefore, missions, discipleship, and parenting are the primary focus of the Teach Them Diligently Convention in addition to the traditional focus on teaching techniques and use of curriculum.

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That Church Conference

That Church Conference was founded by Justin Dean, Dave Adamson, Ashley Williams, and Van Baird. In 2015 the four of us set out to create something unique that would empower and change the way churches thought about digital communications and reaching people online. We met for coffee and walked away with a domain name, a Twitter account, and the foundation for a new church conference focused primarily on practical digital communications training.

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Thrive Conference

Churches are meant to thrive. In today’s culture of competition for noise-making, how does the church stand out? The Thrive Conference provides church leaders with a fresh vision and a bold stance to make an impact for eternity.

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Together for the Gospel

Our fallen world has never been friendly to God’s way and God’s will. For some of us, this ever-present truth has become even clearer in recent years. The academy calls Christian morality bigoted. The courts choose the sexual revolution over religious liberty. Hollywood alters a nation’s moral sympathies from one season to the next. And racial animosity continues to rear its ugly head.

How should we respond?

Together for the Gospel 2018 offers this: the culture may call churches to conform, but God calls us to be Holy. Set apart. Sanctified. Distinct.

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  • April 11-13, 2018 (3 Days) Louisville, KY
    Speakers: Matt Chandler, David Platt, CJ Mahaney, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, John Piper, Ligon Duncan, Kevin DeYoung, Mark Dever, Thabiti Anyabwile
    Cost: Early-$249 (Ends Feb 28, 2018); Regular-$329 (Ends Mar 31, 2018)

United Voice Worship Conference

The United Voice Worship Conference is designed for all who desire to live a more INTENTIONAL life of worship. The heart of this conference will focus on leading, loving and living in a way that honors God. It is our desire to “make every effort” to become more like Christ and model inclusivity in our churches and communities. Through the United Voice Worship Conference you will be inspired, encouraged and equipped to engage deeply with THE ONE who called us to live lives that show the world that we are UNITED!

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Urbana

One of the largest student missions conferences in the world, Urbana is a catalytic event bringing together a diverse mix of college and graduate students, faculty, recent graduates, pastors, church and ministry leaders, missions organizations and schools.

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Wave Conference

The Wave Church hosts an annual conference that is all parts encouraging, exhilarating and refreshing. The conference is perfect for the whole family and provides three days of enriching Christian content and fellowship.

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WFX Reach Conference

The purpose of REACH is to inspire, educate and equip churches with an affordable learning experience that will maximize the REACH of their ministries.The REACH Conference is held in a church setting and provides the essential educational elements of our national WFX Conference and Expo in 1.5 days. We host this event to extend the REACH of the unrivaled education and training that our WFX Conference & Expo offers.

At REACH, experienced church leaders and ministry experts in the areas of worship, technology, facilities, and communications will provide training, and share their stories making REACH a one-of-a-kind information resource for churches.

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  • TBD
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    Cost: TBD

Worship 4:24

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Worship 4:24 Conference at Cedarville University on January 26-27, 2018. Co-sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and the Cedarville University Department of Music and Worship, this conference is designed to equip worship leaders, musicians, bands, praise teams, choirs, tech crews, and students to be effective leaders. This year’s conference will include a worship concert on Friday evening and general sessions and breakouts on both Friday and Saturday.

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  • January 26-27, 2018 (2 Days) Cedarville, OH
    Speakers: Paul Baloche, Carl Albrecht, Jordan Biel, Bryon Black, Joe Brownlee, Brian Campbell, Jim Cato, Aaron Clark, Chad Coe, Kristin Curby, Chris Early, Kyle Evans
    Cost: Regular-$60; Door-$75

Worship Leader Summit

For more than twenty years we have been offering Worship Leader Summits: two powerful days (Monday afternoon until lunch on Wednesday) of worship, prayer, interaction, encouragement and fellowship. Worship leaders from across the nation will be there, but only about 20. We limit this event to the first worship leaders who sign up. This makes for a very intimate atmosphere.

Full-time, part-time or volunteer, it makes no difference. If you’re the primary worship leader for your church, you’re invited. (We do offer a limited number of spots to apprentice worship leaders attending with the primary worship leader.) You don’t want to miss the powerful times of worship, the meals, and the fellowship with like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s an event that will leave a lasting impression on your life and ministry. Don’t miss it!

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Worship Northwest

Exalt the name of Jesus across cultural and denominational lines, provide practical biblical teaching for worship leaders at all levels, offer real-world training you can use next Sunday, provide a unified experience for your whole ministry team, and model excellence in worship with lay worship leaders.

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  • February 23-24, 2018 (2 Days) Keizer, OR
    Speakers: Zoro, Doug and Sheri Gould, David Harsh, Micahel Bahn, Marty Trammell, Greg Gallagher, Jared Schilling, Nick Clark, Michelle Nagy, Justin Kinyon, Cindy Kenny, Chris Cummings, Andrew Swanson, Trevor Bowen, Emily Teterud, Jason Squires
    Cost: Regular-$59

Worship Together

An assembly of Worship Leaders, Pastors, Musicians, Creatives, and Worshippers gathered together in one space for the common purpose of lifting high the name of Jesus and growing in the way we lead His church.

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  • February 1-2, 2018 (2 Days) Franklin, TN
    Speakers: Hillsong Worship, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Darren Whitehead, Chris McClarney, Worship Central
    Cost: Regular-$219 (Ends Jan 9, 2018); Late-$229 (Ends Jan 25, 2018)

WorshipLife

WorshipLife is an intimate worship gathering designed to help Pastors and Church Worship Leaders live out Matthew 22:37. Through times of worship and fellowship with dynamic speakers and worship leaders, evening concerts, publisher reading sessions, choral premieres and breakout sessions, WorshipLife equips and inspires the Heart, Soul, and Mind.

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XP Seminar

XPastor is the market leader with proven capacity in reaching church leaders. XPastor brings together influential decision-makers from churches, both coast-to-coast and around the world.

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Youth America Leadership Conference

Today’s youth ministers face one of the most challenging roles — leading young people to experience Christ in personal and vital ways. This conference is a time of teaching and sharing with youth ministry teams, developing a gospel-rooted strategy that goes beyond gimmicks and gets to the heart of the issues.

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  • November 8-10, 2018 (3 Days) Oklahoma City, OK
    Speakers: Paul Scanlon, Grant Pankratz, Monica Pankratz, Natalie Boyce, Kirk Pankratz
    Cost: Early-$119 (Ends May 31, 2018); Regular-$139 (Ends Aug 30, 2018); Late-$169 (Ends Nov 7, 2018); Door-$189

If you found a favorite conference on this list, check out their website and see about getting involved. If it’s too late to attend, don’t worry. You can always attend next year. Whatever your situation, give some thought to taking a conference at some point in the next 12 months. Although you may think, “It costs too much,” or “I can’t take that much time off!” you will be pleasantly surprised by the results. A conference isn’t just a time to travel to a different location or spend time with friends. It’s a time to open your heart to God’s work, see Him in a new way, and experience life change.

 

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  2. Lydia

    Hi- I represent a very small school that offers a degree in community missions – is there a way to partner with your organization to let folks know we are out there? As a former youth leader I know that I had “one of those kids” that would have been a great fit for this school – had I only known about it…so I am just looking to make folks aware!

  3. Will Smith

    Would you consider adding America’s Best Hope (http://americasbesthope.org) to your list? It’s a powerful Christian Leadership Conference. They are in their 5th year, 2,000 at their main event with a dozen remote sites.