If you want to know the best church technology conferences to attend in 2021, you've come to the right place. Our specially curated list includes both in-person and virtual events that feature renowned Christian thought leaders and practitioners from across the globe.
Church technology can help you stay connected and relate with your church members and the world more effectively. While some church leaders shun technology, these conferences will help demonstrate to you why it’s worth embracing.
Best Church Technology Conferences List
These conferences are great for teaching you how to leverage the latest church tech trends to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ wider and farther than ever.
1. Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) 2021
Dates: September 21-22, 2021
Price: Free for the virtual events
The CFX event is focused on equipping churches for a changing ministry landscape by becoming more technology savvy. It cuts across the board from leadership, management and communication to event production and facilities management. It is aimed at all church leaders from pastors, executive pastors and church staff, to technical artists and operations managers.
You can also access the events through live streaming on platforms like Facebook and video calls with the exhibitors.
2. Live Design International (LDI) Conference
Dates: November 15-21, 2021
Price: $425-$705 onsite depending on preferred sessions
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)
LDI is a conference and trade exhibition for various live design professionals across the world. It has over 16,000 members drawn from sectors like corporate events, houses of worship, concerts, and theme parks.
Attendees will learn about the latest technologies, interact with industry experts, and nourish their creativity. The conference is a great fit for filmmakers and innovators interested in how church tech systems work for effective and productive church communication.
3. First In Last Out (FILO) Conference
Dates: May 11-12, 2021
Price: Available upon request
Location: Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois
The FILO Conference is for anyone involved in technology at their local church. It’s great for church staff working in audio or lighting, technical artists, music directors, creative directors, and worship pastors to anyone else who works with technical artists.
The event encompasses the FILO Conference, FILO podcast, FILO Coaching, and the FILO Blog. The event will live streamed this year to accommodate those who are unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.
4. SALT Conference
Price: To be communicated soon
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
SALT is all about using technology creatively as a vehicle for God to communicate powerfully and intimately to His people. The conference is aimed at nurturing a technical and creative arts community and combines workshops on creativity with powerful talks and inspiring moments of worship. The 2020 edition of the SALT Conference was a virtual three-day event. Since plans for the 2021 edition are still underway, interested attendees can register for email updates on their sign-up page.
5. That Church Conference
Dates: 4th - 5th May, 2021
Price: Free online streaming, $97 for replay access
That Church Conference focuses on enabling Christian digital communicators to tell stories. Attendees will learn about church communication and practical marketing strategies, covering topics such as communications, technology, social media, marketing, and design.
Top-notch speakers and Christian practitioners including leadership coaches, media producers, creative strategists, ministry consultants, communicators, pastors, and directors of communications will grace the event.
Interested attendees will have the opportunity to stream the two-day virtual event for free or access a paid replay.
You can buy a Replay Pass at only $97 per year to view all the 5+ years of conference sessions.
6. Christian Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference
Dates: June 15-17, 2021
Price: $899 for members, $1099 for non-members, $2,996 for a group of five
Location: Orlando, Florida
The Outcomes Conference has been a mainstay in the Cristian conference calendar for over 40 years. It aims to strengthen Christian leadership and impact, with a focus on:
- Internet and Technology
- People Management and Care
- Financial Management
- Executive Leadership
- Marketing and Communications
- Resource Development
It is a popular choice for church tech teams, church leaders, and Christian thought leaders.
7. Thrive NorCal Conference
Dates: To be communicated soon
Price: From $199 for individuals
Location: Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California
Thrive exists to create experiences and resources that encourage and inspire people everyone from church pastors to school students.
The Thrive Conference features four mid and pre-conference breakouts through which attending churchgoers will gain inspiration on topics such as creative communications, preaching and speaking, worship and production, among others. Oh, they’re seriously fun too.
8. Christian Musician Summit
Dates: November 4-6, 2021
Location: Our Savior Lutheran Church, Tacoma, Washington
The Christian Musician Summit is for you if you are a Christian songwriter, worship leader, indie artist, church leader, gospel musician, or church technician. The summit has been running since 2003 and seeks to improve the skills and talents of musical individuals for the glory of God.
Attendees are provided with practical sessions and resources to improve their skills and inspire talent for God's glory. Workshops and performances are held by top industry musicians and there’s a real festival atmosphere.
Let Us Know How You Get On
Attending one or more of these conferences will provide you with plenty of knowledge and opportunities to network with other leaders in the Christian community.
Let us know how you get on and if there are any we missed off the list that you think are worthwhile to attend.
While waiting for the conferences, here's an article that will surely help you improve: 10 Top Church Technology Resources For Leaders in 2021.
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