There are many great conferences around our district and country that train and equip us to better lead and nurture our congregations. But how often do we hear about these events after the fact, when they’ve already taken place? Following is a chronological list of exceptional conferences. Please prayerfully consider these as transformational leadership development opportunities for yourself, your staff and your leadership team. Is your favorite conference not listed here? Please provide the information to any one of our staff. Thanks!
EFCA ONE June 20-2, 2017 Austin, TX. The biennial EFCA national conference offers world-class speakers, topics and schedules specifically for pastors, leaders and leadership teams.
VIA AFFIRMATIVA 2017 Date TBA Colorado Springs, CO. A gathering of Christian artists, musicians and actors who encourage planting beauty in society to encourage people to journey through beauty back to its source, the living God. This year’s conference is being held at the beautiful Navigator’s Glen Eyrie Retreat Center.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017 Dates TBA. Chicago, IL and Tele-Video Sites. The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 305,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.
EXPONENTIAL WEST 2016 October 3-6, 2016 Los Angeles, CA. Join thousands of church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential West church planting conference in Los Angeles. The conference will feature 3,000 church planting leaders and sunny Los Angeles, California.
CATALYST October 5-7, Atlanta, GA. Catalyst is an annual conference founded by Andy Stanley and fueled by those who see things differently and have a burden for the next generation.
QUIET WATERS November 3-4, 2016 Lenoir City, TN. The primary goal of Quiet Waters is simply to come into God’s presence and be with Him! It is not for teaching, worship or prayer – although there will be brief sessions of all of these. Our goal is simply to seek The Father and to learn better how to just be with Him. Consider Quiet Waters an investment in your soul. Come and see…
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION August 31 – September 3, 2016 Los Angeles, CA. Men and women across the country and around the world have been given grace, and in turn, together offer Good News to the poor. We live in under-resourced neighborhoods, challenge racism, represent and present the love of Jesus, and involve ourselves in issues of justice.
EFCA REBOUND November 11-14, 2016 Melbourne, FL. An EFCA retreat for youth workers and their spouse to get away and reconnect with God, one another, their calling and their identity. The worship gatherings, schedule and environment are all designed to facilitate these “renewal reconnections.” Our desire is to encourage long term, healthy student ministries by ministering to the youth workers.
PASSION COLLEGE STUDENT CONFERENCE January 2-4, 2017 Atlanta, GA. Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation.
TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL April 11-13, 2018 Louisville, KY. A bienniel conference for pastors with a goal of reaffirming the central doctrine of the Christian faith and encouraging local churches to do the same.
CHALLENGE July 2-6, 2018 TBA. Challenge is a five day dynamic and catalytic experience for EFCA junior high and senior high students that will both challenge and equip them to cooperate with God and His work in the world.
EFCA THEOLOGY CONFERENCE February 1-3, 2017 Deerfield, IL “Reformation 500: Theology and Legacy – God’s Gospel and the EFCA” 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, what traditionally is known as the beginning of the Reformation. We join the celebration in giving thanks to God for this rediscovery of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our emphasis will be on the theology of the Reformation and its ongoing historical legacy, with a specific focus on the biblical gospel of grace, rediscovered by the Reformers (Luther referred to himself and the movement as Evangelicals, not Protestants), and its impact historically on the EFCA.
SEDCON17 Date TBD Gainesville, FL Join fellow Pastors and leaders from around the Southeast District for our annual leadership retreat with inspirational speakers and “TED” talks!
THE GOSPEL COALITION CONFERENCE April 3-5, 2017 Indianapolis, IN. The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, unleashed by God in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door. Six plenary talks will proclaim the gospel of grace from Paul’s inspired letter to the Galatians. Another three plenary talks will recount God’s work in the lives of Luther, John Calvin, and other leaders in the broader Reformed tradition. Among our usual lineup of workshops, more than 10 will explore in-depth Reformation issues such as why the Reformers didn’t unite in one church and where their missional legacy continues today.
EXPONENTIAL EAST 2017 April 24-27, 2017 Orlando, FL. Join thousands of church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential East church planting conference in Orlando. The conference will feature 175+ speakers, 125+ workshops, 9+ tracks, 5,000 church planting leaders and sunny Orlando, Florida. Don’t miss the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world.
THE ORANGE CONFERENCE April 26-28, 2017 Atlanta, GA. A premiere conference for children and student ministries – designed for all interested in a complete strategy for the church. Offerings touch on subject matter for volunteers, preschool ministers, children’s ministers, student and college ministers as well as senior leadership.
STICKY TEAMS May 16-17, 2017 Manheim, PA. Sticky Teams is the premier leadership conference for pastors and church leaders of all kinds. Learn from our experienced experts in many areas of ministry, connect and network with other pastors in your area, and have a blast at the same time! Our “no green room” policy gives you unprecedented access to speakers and presenters, and our small conference size maximizes interaction and learning.
MOODY PASTORS’ CONFERENCE May 22-25, 2017 Chicago, IL. Moody Bible Institute’s Pastors’ Conference 2017 will feature messages from Erwin Lutzer, Crawford Loritts, Derwin Gray, and many others. Registration will open in October, 2016.