Bringing powerful musical inspiration to a congregation each and every Sunday is no easy feat. To be successful, worship leaders must keep their repertoires fresh and their technical skills up to date.
Enter the worship leader conference, where worship leaders can gather with other like-minded and talented Christians for fellowship, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, and—perhaps most importantly—tons of inspiration. Below are our top 15 worship leader conferences, based on such conference features as overall attendance, variety of offerings, and participating speakers and mentors.
The Calvin Symposium on Worship is an annual conference that brings together artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, and worship leaders and planners from around the world. The three-day event seeks to provide fellowship and worship, plus provide tools to help attendees develop their worship leading skills and find inspiration. Each of the three days consists of morning worship services, plenary addresses, seminars and breakout sessions, vespers and communion services, and a group dinner.
Learn more about the Calvin Symposium on Worship here.
Worship leaders and church musicians can hone their skills at the Christian Musician Summit, a top conference that provides practical training and resources for musicians, worship leaders, technicians, pastors, songwriters, and independent Christian artists. Attendees can choose to attend a single day of focused workshops and classes, two days of conferences featuring talks and sessions by top worship leaders, or combine the two for the total experience.
Learn more about the Christian Musician Summit here.
Church Sound Boot Camp is a two-day event that is exactly as its name implies: a boot camp that trains attendees on the technical side of worship leading. The boot camp takes place four times a year in different cities throughout the United States, and sessions include everything from microphone technique to mixing techniques and everything in between.
Learn more about Church Sound Boot Camp here.
Each year, more than 3,000 worship leaders from across the United States attend the Experience Conference for inspiration and help with overcoming the typical challenges faced by those in worship ministry. This four-day conference features daily general sessions and dozens of opportunities for breakout groups and workshops. Artists and speakers who have participated in past Experience Conferences include Casting Crowns, David Crowder, Jesus Culture, Jason Ingram, and many, many others.
Learn more about the Experience Conference here.
Creative retreat meets hands-on workshop at Lift: A Worship Leader Collective. Over the course of two days each year, artists, songwriters, musicians, and church leaders come together for focused teachings and to challenge themselves both spiritually and creatively. Each day of the conference consists of intensive break-out sessions, plus a Late Nite session on the first night.
Learn more about Lift: A Worship Leader Collective here.
Recognizing that the many responsibilities of a worship leader can be stressful and even overwhelming, the Linger Conference in Dallas, Texas exists to provide a little inspiration for those who work so hard to inspire others each week. At this two-day conference with “the heart of a retreat,” the 3,000+ attendees can network with other worship leaders, listen to great music, and participate in a number of workshops focused on worship and biblical teachings.
Learn more about the Linger Conference here.
No matter your interests, there is something for everyone at the National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts. This four-day conference, which takes place each year in Wisconsin, is jam-packed with events. More than 50 presentations are on the schedule each year, plus dozens of concerts and recitals by festival choirs, high school honor choirs, and children’s choirs, among others. With so many workshops and concerts to choose from, the takeaways from the National Conference on Workshop, Music, and the Arts are endless.
Learn more about the National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts here.
For those worship leaders struggling to break free of the same-old each week, the Prepare Worship Conference may be the one for you! This intensive two-day gathering offers attendees group ministry sessions, daily plenary talks, and more than 16 focused breakout tracks on topics such as teaching, training and application, and songwriting, among others. The conferences attract a number of well-known speakers and worship leaders, including Matthew Lilley, Gail Stathis, Keith Duncan, Treva Tankard, and many more.
Learn more about Prepare Worship Conference here.
Formerly known as the Christian Musicians Boot Camp, the Selah Worship Conference is a three-day gathering which focuses on equipping worship leaders and artists with the tools necessary to build a successful ministry. The conference attracts leaders, songwriters, and musicians for general sessions and workshops on topics ranging from technical stuff like sound and video, to songwriting, to sessions aimed at specific instruments, and more. Come evening, attendees can enjoy intimate musical sessions with top Christian artists.
Learn more about Selah Worship Conference here.
Keith & Kristyn Getty, D.A. Carson, Paul Tripp, Alistair Begg, Joni Eareckson Tada, Bob Kauflin — those are just a few of the highly respected speakers whom attendees of the Sing! conference hear from. Each year, this Getty Music Worship Conference brings nearly 4,000 church leaders, pastors, and worship musicians together in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss ideas relating to churches singing their faith.
Learn more about Sing! here.
No matter where you are in the country, there is a Worship Leader Conference near you. These two-day conferences attract between 500 and 1,000 people at each location (which vary year to year), just the right size for mingling and relaxing with other worship leaders from around the U.S. In addition, attendees have access to myriad breakout sessions with such worship artists as Brothers McClerg and New Song, among others.
Learn more about Worship Leader Conferences here.
Unlike most other worship leader conferences, which bring hundreds and sometimes thousands of people together, the Worship Leader Summit is a more intimate gathering of maximum 20. The summit is very much like a retreat in style, with no minute-by-minute schedule. Rather, attendees spend two days working closely with others to revitalize their love for worship and spark creativity through instructor-led discussion.
Learn more about the Worship Leader Summit here.
Worship Northwest aims to teach and inspire worship leaders of all cultures and denominations with real-world training that can be used each and every Sunday. A well-known and highly regarded keynote speaker is brought in for each event, while breakouts occur each day on topics that include visual arts, instrumental music, vocals, tech, and general leadership.
Learn more about Worship Northwest here.
Each year, hundreds of worship leaders, pastors, musicians, and other creatives gather in Franklin, Tennessee for the Worship Together conference hosted by Church of the City. The purpose of the conference is to bring together the creative elements of the church’s worship services for discussions about how to lift high the name of Jesus. Unlike most conferences, the Worship Together conference does not include breakouts, but consists solely of general sessions led by such figures as Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin, Cass Langton, and many others.
Learn more about Worship Together here.
Worship leaders will walk away from a WorshipLife conference having gained inspiration, valuable contacts, and plenty of useful direction for bringing song and fellowship into their respective churches. This four-day conference includes speakers, premieres with publishers, breakout sessions with well-known worship leaders, choral reading sessions, and evening concerts with award-winning artists.
Learn more about WorshipLife here.