Church conferences have a unique ability to tap into our souls and leave us feeling recharged. There’s something innately special about being surrounded by thousands of fellow believers, all of whom work tirelessly every day to bring people closer to God’s Word.  

With hundreds of conferences each year, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. Below are the top four conferences we think pastors will find most worthwhile in 2017.

Bethlehem ConferenceBethlehem Conference for Pastors and Church Leaders

Location: Minneapolis, MN
When: January 30 – February 1
Attendance: 2,000
Why we like it: This renowned conference, previously known as Desiring God, has drawn pastors from all over the country every year for the past thirty years. This year’s theme is Gospel Ambition; programming will all focus on helping you to advance the Gospel’s glory deep and wide.


The Gospel CoalitionThe Gospel Coalition Conference

Location: Indianapolis, IN
When: April 3-5
Attendance: 10,000
Why we like it: TGCC only happens once every other year, so make sure you don’t miss it! Celebrating the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, many of this year’s workshops will explore issues related the Reformation, such as why the Reformers didn't unite in one church and where their missional legacy continues today. Prominent speakers like John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Don Carson, Tim Keller, Jen Wilkin, Paul Tripp, and more are bound fill you with inspiration to bestow back upon your own community.


Moody Pastor's ConferenceMoody Pastor's Conference

Location: Chicago, IL
When: May 22-25
Attendance: 2,500
Why we like it: This meaningful conference takes place at Downtown Chicago’s esteemed Moody Bible Institute. The intimate size of the conference enables you to connect deeply with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Like all of the Institute's conferences, the Pastor’s Conference seeks to “equip and motivate people to advance the cause of Christ through ministries that educate, edify and evangelize.”

Global Leadership SummitGlobal Leadership Summit

Location: South Barrington, IL
When: August 10-11
Attendance: 8,000 onsite and 305,000 worldwide (simulcast locations available)
Why we like it: A church’s leaders are essential to its success. GLS attracts thousands of leaders each year, all of whom hope to gain additional insight on how to most effectively impact their church and greater community. Attendees report feeling increased job satisfaction, productivity, and purpose. You’ll leave this conference feeling empowered and prepared to lead those around you. Though there’s much to be gained from attending in person, hundreds of off-site locations offer a live simulcast of the conference. 

The above conferences have all proven over and over again that they will simultaneously engage your mind and spirit. If you’re unsure which is the best fit for you and your ministry, click the button below. I'd be happy to help you discern which conference is right for you.

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Published by Kyle Nickel on November 16, 2016 in Church

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