Recharge, renew, revitalize, and inspire. This is what leadership conferences offer attendees and why many church leaders set aside time to join these conferences every year. The purpose of these gatherings is to give church leaders precious time away from the grind of church life. There, they can refresh, learn, expand, gather resources, and connect with other leaders. Conferences provide creative, contemplative space to envision and reunite with the guiding purpose of being a church and for being in positions of leadership within them.

These leadership conferences are also a venue where leaders bring their teams to learn and grow together. Some teams create special time at these conferences for prayer, planning, and visioning that will inspire future work within their own church and its ministries. There are many conferences to choose from, with locations throughout the country for convenience. Which ones will you attend?

Check out this year’s list of 10 of the top leadership conferences for 2020 and a few bonus resources (top 10 list is in alphabetical order):

#1 – ARC CONFERENCE

#2 – CATALYST | April 23-24, 2020 – Orange County, CA

#3 – CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE OUTCOMES CONFERENCE | April 7-9, 2020 – Dallas, TX

#4 – CHURCH DISRUPT BY PUSHPAY | May 13, 2020 – Online Webinar

#5 – CREATIVE CHURCH CULTURE (C3) CONFERENCE | February 19-20, 2020 – Dallas, TX

#6 – EXPONENTIAL CONFERENCE | March 2-5, 2020 – Orlando, FL

#7 – GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  | August 6-7, 2020 – Live HD Telecast

#8 – LEADERCAST LIVE | May 7, 2020 – Duluth, Georgia

#9 – NORTH COAST TRAINING – STICKY TEAMS | October 20-21, 2020 – Vista, California

#10 – THRIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE | April 30-May 1, 2020 – Granite Bay, California

BONUS #1 – THAT CHURCH CONFERENCE | September 22-23, 2020 – Atlanta, GA

BONUS #2 – GATEWAY CONFERENCE | September 28-29, 2020 – Southlake, TX

BONUS #3 – SYNERGIZE 2020 CONFERENCE | January 28-30, 2020 – Orlando. FL

BONUS #4 – YOUTH AMERICA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE | November 2020 – Oklahoma City, OK

BONUS #5 – CHURCH LEADERS CONFERENCE | April 28-30, 2020 – Dallas, TX

#1 – ARC CONFERENCE

A leadership conference for pastors and leaders to be encouraged, refreshed and equipped to continue on the journey God has called them to. The Association of Related Churches (ARC) “exists to help couples with a dream in their heart to reach their city with the hope of Jesus.” Focused on assisting church planters in casting vision, these conferences are designed to connect church pastors and leaders, to encourage church planters, and to champion the cause of Christ.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • April 21-22, 2020 – Charleston, SC
  • June 2-3, 2020 – Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • September 2-3, 2020 – George, South Africa
  • September 22-23, 2020 – Anaheim, CA
  • November 13-14, 2020 – Dublin, Ireland

#2 – CATALYST

Catalyst exists to equip and empower leaders who love the Church through events, courses, and community. This leaders’ conference was founded to focus on a new generation of church leaders and to strengthen leaders across the world. It seeks to unify, equip, and challenge these leaders from varying streams, traditions, and generations of the Church.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

  • April 23-24, 2020 – Orange County, CA

#3 – CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE OUTCOMES CONFERENCE

The Christian Leadership Alliance has been hosting its annual Outcomes Conference for more than 40 years and celebrates the strengthening of leadership and impact. It believes Christian leaders can accomplish more when they are united. The Outcomes Conference professional development experiences focus on eight core categories: Executive Leadership, Resource Development, Financial Management, Tax and Legal, Board, Governance, People Management and Care, Internet and Technology, and Communications and Marketing.

Upcoming Conference Date:

  • April 7-9, 2020 – Dallas, TX

#4 – CHURCH DISRUPT BY PUSHPAY

The church hasn’t always been on the forefront of change, and with good reason. It was less than a hundred years ago some upstart preacher named Billy Graham decided that radio, television, and new media was going to be his next pulpit. In fact, the history of the church is in a sense a history of paradigm shifts: an unwavering message of an unwavering God spread through constantly changing mediums. Brave men and women joyfully step up to find new ways to share a Gospel that is unchanging. We want you to meet those people in a unique online experience unlike any other, live everywhere May 13th. We’ve got so much to share—so stay tuned for more.

Upcoming Conference Date:

Church Disrupt

  • May 13, 2020 – Online

#5 – CREATIVE CHURCH CULTURE (C3) CONFERENCE

C3 Conference is a two-day event where leaders from around the world gather together for intensive coaching, inspirational teaching, incurable learning, and intentional relationships to advance the Church. The C3 Conference is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to churches and hope to communities. It brings together thousands of leaders and influencers from around the world and all walks of life to connect. It inspires attendees to renew passion, address issues, grow vision, build foundations for healthy families, build and grow a healthy church, and create a culture of excellence.

Upcoming Conference Dates:


#6 – EXPONENTIAL CONFERENCE

Join thousands of leaders for inspiration, encouragement, and equipping at this church planting conference. This is the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world and offers unique opportunities to meet and connect with leaders and other planters. You will have the opportunity to participate in 200+ workshops that are targeted to planters’ specific needs and with 150+ of today’s top leaders in five main stage sessions.

Regional conferences are also offered and designed to bring the full impact of the national conference closer to home, for leaders who can’t afford the time and money to attend a national conference or those who want to bring their whole team.

Upcoming Conference Dates:

National Exponential Conference 2020

  • March 2-5, 2020 – Orlando, FL

Regional Conferences

  • April 28-29, 2020 – Boise, Idaho
  • September 14-15, 2020 – Washington, D.C.
  • October 7-8, 2020 – Southern California
  • October 26-27, 2020 – Bay Area, CA
  • October 28-29, 2020 – Houston, Texas
  • November 10-11, 2020 – Chicago, Illinois
  • December 2-3 2020 – New York

#7 – GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 

Fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty and offered via Telecast. Join a community of like-minded Christians from 128 countries and 60 languages from around the world. These two days of world-class leadership training offer a unique blend of vision, inspiration, and practical skills that can be used as resources for personal and community transformation.

Upcoming Conference Date:

  • August 6-7, 2020 – Live HD Telecast

#8 – LEADERCAST LIVE

Leadercast Live is a one-day leadership event with more than 100,000 current visionaries and future world-changers attending each year. This annual conference is designed for individuals and groups seeking inspiration and improvement in leadership. It’s part of a leadership journey in which individuals and groups come back to “re-ignite” year after year. Host Site partnerships are also offered to allow virtual participation in the live conferences.

Upcoming Conference Date:

  • May 7, 2020 – Duluth, Georgia
  • Host Sites available for online event attendance

#9 – NORTH COAST TRAINING – STICKY TEAMS

Sticky Teams is a two-day conference that gives leaders practical tools to build healthy, thriving ministries. North Coast Training helps craft strong and stable ministries that prepare individuals and teams to break through barriers, overcome plateaus, and position themselves for growth. The event offers a variety of programs and services that cater to specific needs and help lead ministries to the next level. Areas of expertise include team development, strategy/direction, senior leadership, creating clarity, small group ministry, and multi-site ministry.

Upcoming Conference Date:

  • October 20-21, 2020 – Vista, California

#10 – THRIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

This three-day conference is designed to ignite passion and recharge leadership. It involves world-class speakers, inspiring worship, networking with other pastors and leaders, encouragement, fresh ideas, and lots of fun to ignite churches and businesses.

Upcoming Conference Date:

  • April 30-May 1, 2020 – Granite Bay, California

FIVE BONUS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE LISTINGS

#1 – THAT CHURCH CONFERENCE

This is a church communicator and marketing conference. The heart of That Church Conference is to help digital communicators tell the best story the church has to tell. Through this annual conference, regional workshops, and online resources, That Church is empowering church leaders with the tools and knowledge to communicate well and reach more people with the power of the gospel.

Upcoming Conference Date: September 22-23, 2020 – Atlanta, GA


#2 – GATEWAY CONFERENCE

Gateway Conference exists to provide a place for church leaders to come and glean from seasoned ministers and leaders on topics that are relevant in today’s ministry environments. We believe in the local church and in working together as co-laborers in ministry across all denominations and spheres of influence. Gateway Conference is also a place to pause and refresh as we get real with the Lord and with ourselves. Our priority is to provide times of powerful worship and ministry where you can receive and hear from God.

Upcoming Conference Date: September 28-29, 2020 – Southlake, TX


#3 – SYNERGIZE 2020 CONFERENCE

This global conference for pastors and leaders is a gathering where church leaders can network, synergize, mobilize and renew.  Developed and designed for leaders who want to go beyond just “doing church,” Synergize 2020 is for those who wish to embark on a Christian ministry adventure that could impact their entire community and the world.

Upcoming Conference Date: January 28-30, 2020 – Orlando. FL


#4 – YOUTH AMERICA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

The mission of this conference has remained the same, “how to lead the next generation”, the audience of who this mission resonates with has expanded. So in other words, if you want to be involved in leading young people in any fashion toward Christ and the mission of His church, this conference is for you. This gathering is for ANYONE WHO DESIRES TO LEAD THE NEXT GENERATION: Youth Pastors, Youth Leaders, Worship Pastors, Worship Teams, Senior Pastors, Young Adult Pastors, etc.

Upcoming Conference Date: November 2020 – Oklahoma City, OK


#5 – CHURCH LEADERS CONFERENCE

Join us at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas to be inspired by all God wants to do through His Church and spurred on to excel wherever God has planted you. You’ll be refreshed, encouraged, energized, and refocused. Bring your whole team to dream together, laugh together, and double down on the unique mission God has placed before you.

Upcoming Conference Date: April 28-30, 2020 – Dallas, TX


CONFERENCES ARE…

In essence, conferences are an opportunity for church leaders to do quality professional development and to learn. Congregations want healthy, vibrant leaders and should empower and encourage their leaders to attend conferences on a regular basis, which could be annually or even quarterly. Fresh and enthusiastic leaders need support, inspiration, and perspective. Conferences are a natural venue where leaders can take the time they need to access vital supportive resources.

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