Church leadership conferences provide space for leaders to get on top of their game. They experience professional development, encouragement, and network opportunities. This is why many church leaders set aside time to attend them annually.

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

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Top 11 Church Leadership Conferences in 2021

#1 – ARC CONFERENCE | Available On-Demand

#2 – CATALYST | Available Online

#3 –  CHURCH DISRUPT BY PUSHPAY | Available On-Demand

#4 – CREATIVE CHURCH CULTURE (C3) CONFERENCE | February 17-18, 2021 – Dallas, TX

#5 –  CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE OUTCOMES CONFERENCE | June 15-17, 2021 – Orlando, FL

#6 –  CHURCH LEADERS CONFERENCE | April 27-29, 2021 – Dallas, TX

#7 – LEADERCAST LIVE | May 5, 2021 – Cincinnati, OH or Available On-Demand

#8 –  GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  | August 5-6, 2021 – Live HD Telecast or 650+ Host Locations

#9 – GATEWAY CONFERENCE | September 27-28, 2021 – Southlake, TX

#10 – EXPONENTIAL CONFERENCE | October 18-21, 2021 – Orlando, FL

#11 – NORTH COAST TRAINING – STICKY TEAMS | October 19-20, 2021 – Vista, CA

#1 – ARC CONFERENCE

ARC is a leadership conference for pastors and leaders to be encouraged, refreshed, and equipped to continue on the journey God has called them to. Actually, 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.”

The focus is assisting church planters in casting vision to champion the cause of Christ. Additionally, the church leadership conference will connect pastors and leaders and serve as an encouragement to their ministries.

Upcoming Conference Dates: Available On-Demand

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#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: Available Online


#3 – CHURCH DISRUPT BY PUSHPAY

Church Disrupt is a free digital church leadership conference for churches who are embracing the world’s changing landscape. Technology is moving faster than ever. This gathering celebrates the brave new group of church leaders who are embracing that reality, using technology to know their people better, to maximize participation, and to grow generosity like never before.

Upcoming Conference Date:

  • Now available online On-Demand

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#4 – 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. This church leadership gathering is passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to churches and hope to communities.

C3 brings together thousands of leaders and influencers from around the world and all walks of life to connect. The conferences 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: February 17-18, 2021 – Dallas, TX


#5 – 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. The Alliance believes Christian leaders can accomplish more when they are united. This church leadership conference offers professional development experiences that 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: June 15-17, 2021 – Orlando, FL

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#6 – CHURCH LEADERS CONFERENCE 

At this annual  conference, thousands of church leaders from across the globe come together to be refreshed among God’s people, encouraged by God’s vision for His Church, and equipped to be even better leaders wherever God has placed you on mission. Check it out!

Upcoming Conference Dates: April 27-29, 2021 – Dallas, TX


#7 – 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.

Don’t want to travel? Host Site partnerships are also offered to allow virtual participation in the live conferences.

Upcoming Conference Date: May 5, 2021 – Cincinnati, OH or Available On-Demand

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#8 – GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 

This world renown summit offers 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 5-6, 2021 – Attend Online or at one of the 650+ Host Locations in the US and Canada


#9 – 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.

The organization believes in the local church and in working together as co-laborers in ministry across all denominations and spheres of influence. The 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 everyone can receive and hear from God.

Upcoming Conference Date: September 27-28, 2021 – Southlake, TX

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#10 – EXPONENTIAL CONFERENCE

Join thousands of leaders for inspiration, encouragement, and equipping at this church planting conference.

Exponential is the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world and offers unique opportunities to meet and connect with leaders and other planters. Specifically, 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.

For leaders wanting to stay closer to home, regional conferences are also offered. These smaller church leadership conference experiences are designed to bring the full impact of the national conference closer to home. Also, the close proximity allows for entire teams to conveniently attend.

Upcoming Conference Dates: October 18-21, 2021 – Orlando, FL


#11 – 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 19-20, 2021 – Vista, CA

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Church Leaders Need Professional Development

In essence, church leadership conferences are an opportunity to experience quality professional development and to learn the industries latest resources and trends.

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.

Like other industries, pastors greatly benefit from professional development and networking to keep informed and supported. Check out our favorite conferences, and don't let location deter you: some live stream! Click To Tweet

Bonus Conference for Tech Geeks

Are you serving or working in IT? Check out the National Church IT Conference  by Church IT Network, held annually in cities across the US. Follow them on social and stay updated.

What did we miss? Which conference has been meaningful for you?