Leaders in the Christian community, whether pastors or presidents of a high school prayer club, work tirelessly each and every day to lead and inspire those around them. To provide support for those in Christian leadership roles, hundreds of conferences put on by churches and organizations across the country exist each year — 10 of the best of which are listed below.
To come up with our top 10 Christian leadership conferences, we considered only those conferences that take place within the continental United States. We then considered such factors as reputation, number of people the conference can reach, quality and reputation of speakers, cost of a ticket, and any miscellaneous facts that might set a conference apart from the many others.
ARC Conference stands for Association of Related Churches, an organization which hosts a conference aimed at church planters wanting to connect with pastors and leaders. Over the course of two days, these church planters can partake in large group sessions with some of the most inspiring names, app sessions, and even a conference After Party at which planters can network with others who have similar goals.
Learn more about the ARC Conference here.
Each year, Catalyst hosts a handful of one- to two-day conferences for young Christian leaders. Each gathering includes specially chosen speakers and workshops, and covers a variety of topics relating to organizational leadership, personal leadership, and teamwork, among other things. Between speakers and events, attendees can pick up cool swag like new books, take part in intimate meet-and-greets, and even enjoy concerts and other forms of entertainment. Catalyst’s conferences usually last one or two days, and thousands of young Christian leaders attend to learn from people like John Maxwell, Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Ramsey, and Jon Acuff, to name but a few.
Learn more about the Catalyst Conference here.
The Center for Work and Faith Conference was founded by Timothy Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The conference aims to help young people learn how to amplify their influence as young Christian professionals in the workplace. Well-known speakers such as Dr. Timothy Keller, Mark C. Crowley, and Julia Easterlin offer attendees practical pointers about everything from succeeding at work and in relationships to staying inspired despite the demoralizing aspects of life around us. The conference is usually two days, though the Center also offers similarly themed courses that last upwards of six weeks.
Learn more about the Center for Work and Faith Conference here.
Recognizing that Christian leaders can accomplish more when they are united, the Christian Leadership Alliance has been hosting its annual Outcomes Conference for more than 40 years now. Highlights of the four-day conference, which can cost $700 to $900 depending upon when you purchase your ticket, include talks by people like Tony Evans and Richard Stearns, and an all-day Intensive Training Institute workshop on topics like resource management and fundraising.
Learn more about the Christian Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference here.
Each spring, Louisville, Kentucky hosts its annual five-day inter-faith worship conference for leaders of all faiths and creeds. Nicknamed the “Sundance of the Sacred,” the Festival of Faith draws thousands of people from all over the world. The goal is to nurture and promote interfaith cooperation, and the event — which has a different theme each year — has a calendar of events chock-full of well-known religious teachers and leaders (we’re talking Dalai Lama well-known), films and concerts, panel discussions, prayer group sessions, and meditation services.
Learn more about the Festival of Faiths here.
The Gateway Conference is a three-day gathering of pastors and other Christian leaders that takes place each year in Southlake, Texas. Conference organizers pitch the event as an opportunity for tireless church leaders to be ministered to through teachings, focused talks by Robert Morris and Jimmy Evans, general encouragement, and especially, new tactical methods for ministry. And with early-bird ticket prices costing less than $200, the Gateway Conference is an affordable way to spend three days getting recharged for ministry.
Learn more about the Gateway Conference here.
More than 170,000 leaders representing some 14,000 churches experience the annual Global Leadership Summit. This two-day conference, which is telecast live from Chicago each August, aims to inspire Christian leaders from all over the world through skill development and focused talks by such well-regarded Christian leaders as Bill Hybels, Patrick Lencioni, Mark Burnett, Bob Goff, Immaculée Ilibagiza, and Henry Cloud, among others.
Learn more about the Global Leadership Summit here.
Leadercast is an annual one-day conference streamed live each year from Atlanta, Georgia. Unlike most conferences, which require attendance in person, more than 100,000 viewers tune into Leadercast from a host site (usually a church or college). Such a unique arrangement makes Leadercast an attractive option for a lot of Christian leaders. Not only do you not need to travel to Leadercast, your “ticket” (i.e. the ability to stream the event) only runs about $50-$100, which can be as much as hundreds of dollars less than other top worship conferences. But that’s not even the best part. Past Leadercast speakers have included such big names as Dr. Henry Cloud, Laura Bush, Jack Welch, Malcolm Gladwell, and Randall Wallace, among many others.
Learn more about Leadercast here.
Q Conference is a three-day event meant to encourage young Christian leaders to look ahead at what is possible through God’s work. Like the similarly formatted TED Conference, conference attendees are invited to hear 30 three-, nine-, or 18-minute presentations from such respected leaders and speakers as Jason Russel, Mark Burntt, Dr. Kara E. Powell, Rebekah Lyons, and Margaret Feinberg, to name but a few. Each presentation introduces a new topic meant to challenge attendees’ creativity and inspire them to help shape the Christian culture.
Learn more about the Q Conference here.
As every Christian leader knows, speaking skills are a must. For those who want to learn to speak more effectively, or maybe just brush up on their skills, there’s the SCORRE Conference. Over the course of four days, SCORRE attendees work one-on-one with such respected leaders as Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis in order to learn to prepare and deliver talks that are clear, focused, and powerful. While attending the conference in person is recommended, a live stream and DVD of each conference are available for those who are unable to attend.
Learn more about the SCORRE Conference here.
This concludes our ranking of the top 10 Christian leadership conferences for 2017-2018.