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Pastor conferences can be a lifeline for the lonely pastor. It's lonely at the top, people say... and that can be especially true for pastors. But is that the way God meant it to be? I take my cues from the biblical account of Aaron and Hur, supporting Moses as he led his people to an important victory.

This is why I highly recommend seeking out and registering for a pastors conferences. It can be an invaluable experience. Not only do they offer a unique platform for pastors to network and engage with their peers, but they also provide insights into the latest trends, strategies, and theological reflections.

These gatherings are about more than just listening to speakers; they're about engaging in a community that's dedicated to spiritual growth and leadership excellence.

Best Pastor Conferences 2024 Shortlist

Here's my shortlist of the best pastor conferences I think are worth attending in 2024:

  1. 2024 Calvary Chapel Southwest Pastors and Leaders Conference - Tucson, AZ (March 2024)
  2. Exponential Orlando Global 2024 - Orlando, FL (March 2024)
  3. Shepherds Conference 2024 - Sun Valley, CA (March 2024)
  4. Pastor’s Conference 2024 - Calgary, Canada (March 2024)
  5. The Outcomes Conference 2024 - Jacksonville, FL (April 2024)
  6. Church Leaders Conference 2024 - Dallas, TX (April 2024)
  7. ARC Conference 2024 - Multiple Dates and Locations
  8. Orange Conference 2024 - Atlanta, GA (April 2024)
  9. VOUSCon 2024 - Miami, FL (June 2024)
  10. The Global Leadership Summit 2024 - South Barrington, IL (August 2024)
  11. All Pastors Conference – 2024 - Acme, MI (October 2024)

Find more details about each conference below.

Best Pastor Conferences Of 2024

1. 2024 Calvary Chapel Southwest Pastors and Leaders Conference - Tucson, AZ (March 4-6, 2024)

Church leaders and attendees at the Calvary Chapel of Tucson Southwest Pastors and Leaders Conference
2024 Calvary Chapel Southwest Pastors and Leaders Conference

Overview:

The 2024 Calvary Chapel of Tucson Southwest Pastors and Leaders Conference is centered around the theme of biblical leadership. It spans three days packed with solid bible teaching, engaging in discussions on leadership principles, and sharing insights on grooming the next generation of Christian leaders to address cultural challenges with grace and truth. Esteemed speakers, proficient in theology and leadership, will share their knowledge and experiences.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is a vital opportunity for those in pastoral and leadership roles to deepen their understanding of biblical leadership at a time when navigating cultural complexities with faithfulness and integrity is more challenging than ever. It provides practical tools and spiritual encouragement for leading congregations effectively in the current pastoral landscape.

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2. Exponential Orlando Global 2024 - Orlando, FL (March 4-7, 2024)

Exponential President Dave Ferguson presenting at the Exponential conference
Exponential Orlando Global 2024

Overview:

Exponential Orlando Global 2024 is a global conference designed to inspire and equip church leaders for impactful ministry. The conference focuses on renewing a passion for ministry, making peer connections with church planting leaders, and providing actionable strategies for multiplying disciples and reproducing churches. It features world-class speakers who are pioneers in church growth and innovation.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference offers an unparalleled opportunity for pastors and church leaders to be inspired and equipped with the tools needed to navigate the complexities of modern ministry. It is a premier gathering for those committed to church expansion and discipleship, offering practical workshops and networking opportunities in the current climate of pastoral innovation and church growth.

3. Shepherds Conference 2024 - Sun Valley, CA (March 6-8, 2024)

General session with John MacArthur at the Shepherds Conference
Shepherds Conference 2024

Overview:

Shepherds Conference 2024, under the theme "Truth Triumphs," emphasizes the proclamation of Jesus Christ's truth in a world engulfed in deception. It aims at equipping ministers through the evangelism of faithful expositors and learning from experienced leaders and scholars in breakout sessions. The conference covers topics relevant to defending and declaring faith in today's challenging environment, facilitated by renowned speakers committed to the inerrancy of God's Word.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is a crucial gathering for those dedicated to upholding the truth of the gospel against the prevailing spirit of the age. It offers a unique blend of theological equipping, fellowship with a global community of church leaders, and spiritual refreshment, making it an essential event for pastors seeking to navigate the complexities of ministry with fidelity and courage.

4. Pastor’s Conference 2024 - Calgary, Canada (March 13-14, 2024)

Pastor’s Conference website
Pastor’s Conference 2024

Overview:

The Pastor's Conference addresses the critical aspects of pastoral ministry in a changing world, emphasizing the need for bold leadership alongside the care for personal health, direction, and the essence of pastoral work. It covers topics including biblical studies, leadership, mental health, wellness in ministry, and strategies to prevent burnout. This in-person event promises a day filled with encouragement and inspiration, led by experts in these fields.

Why You Should Attend:

This leadership conference is pivotal for pastors seeking to navigate the complexities of ministry with resilience and thoughtfulness. It offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into maintaining personal wellness while effectively leading a congregation, making it a standout event in the current climate of pastoral care and leadership development.

5. The Outcomes Conference 2024 - Jacksonville, FL (April 9-11, 2024)

Exhibitor booths at The Outcomes Conference
The Outcomes Conference 2024

Overview:

The Outcomes Conference 2024 is the premier training event for Christian nonprofit professionals, focusing on professional development, collaborative community, inspiration, encouragement, and Christ-like leadership training. The conference features a range of topics designed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry and organizational leadership. Speakers include a mix of seasoned leaders and experts in the fields of nonprofit management, leadership development, and ministry effectiveness.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is an essential experience for those looking to enhance their capabilities in leading Christian nonprofits in today's complex and challenging environment. It stands apart for its commitment to Christ-centered leadership principles and provides a unique blend of professional development and spiritual enrichment tailored to the needs of nonprofit professionals and pastors alike.

6. Church Leaders Conference 2024 - Dallas, TX (April 23-24, 2024)

Presenter and attendees at the Church Leaders Conference
Church Leaders Conference 2024

Overview:

The Church Leaders Conference (CLC) 2024 is an inclusive gathering designed to strengthen, sharpen, and equip church leaders from various roles—whether you're a senior pastor, worship leader, Sunday School teacher, or involved in church operations like IT and HR. The conference dives into the logistics, resources, and challenges unique to different ministry roles, offering breakout sessions, ministry workshops, and showcases of live ministry activities. It provides an intimate look into the operational aspects of ministry at Watermark, with opportunities for attendees to customize their learning paths and access resources post-conference.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is a valuable resource for anyone feeling the weight of responsibility in their local church, offering practical insights and principles relevant to all staff positions. CLC provides a diverse and inclusive environment for learning and growth, regardless of your church's size or your role within it.

Find more worship conferences here.

7. ARC Conference 2024 - Multiple Dates and Locations

  • Dates: Multiple Dates (see table)
  • Location: Multiple Locations (see table)
LocationsDates
Church of the Highlands | Birmingham, ALApril 23-24, 2024
St. Mark's Church | Dublin, IrelandMay 17-18, 2024
Calgary Life Church | Calgary, AB, CanadaJune 4-5, 2024
Christian Family Church | Johannesburg, South AfricaSeptember 4-5, 2024

Panelists at the ARC Conference
ARC Conference 2024

Overview:

The ARC Conference 2024 is dedicated to fostering relationships among pastors, leaders, and future church planters, providing them with valuable resources aimed at enhancing the vitality and community impact of the local church. The conference covers a wide range of topics from leadership development to practical church planting strategies, featuring insights from seasoned church planters and leadership experts.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is critical for those looking to connect with a supportive network and gain insights into effective church leadership and church growth strategies. It offers a unique blend of practical resources, relational networking, and inspirational content tailored to empower church leaders in their mission to cultivate thriving congregations.

8. Orange Conference 2024 - Atlanta, GA (April 23-25, 2024)

Attendees at the Orange Conference 2023
Orange Conference 2024

Overview:

The Orange Conference 2024 is a dynamic gathering designed for those involved in kids ministry, youth ministry, family ministry, and senior leadership within the church. This three-day event is packed with inspirational sessions, practical workshops, and opportunities to network with like-minded leaders. Attendees will explore new strategies, ministry resources, and innovative approaches to ministry, all while enjoying an environment that encourages personal growth and leadership development.

Why You Should Attend:

This conference is invaluable for ministry leaders seeking to enhance their impact on families and young people, especially in an era where connecting with and engaging these demographics is increasingly challenging. The Orange Conference provides not only a wealth of practical strategies and resources but also a vibrant community of peers from which to draw support, inspiration, and fresh ideas, making it a pivotal event for those looking to advance their ministry in meaningful ways.

9. VOUSCon 2024 - Miami, FL (June 20-22, 2024)

Ministry leaders and attendees gathered at the VOUS Conference
VOUSCon 2024

Overview:

VOUSCon 2024 is dedicated to uplifting the mission of the local church through transformative conversations on faith, culture, and leadership. This church conference gathers thousands of leaders worldwide to encounter God, equip the church, and empower the next generation of leaders with a robust lineup of speakers renowned for their insight and impact on these critical areas.

Why You Should Attend:

Attending VOUSCon offers a unique opportunity to be part of a movement that not only seeks to inspire but also practically equip leaders for the challenges of modern ministry. VOUSCon provides essential tools and a community of support for leaders aiming to navigate these challenges effectively and with integrity.

10. The Global Leadership Summit 2024 - South Barrington, IL (August 8-9, 2024)

Attendees at the Global Leadership Summit
The Global Leadership Summit 2024

Overview:

The Global Leadership Summit 2024 is an annual event that uniquely combines ministry and marketplace wisdom to inspire and challenge leaders across various sectors. With dynamic speakers from both the church and business worlds, the summit covers key topics aimed at personal growth, leadership development, and becoming agents of change in communities and organizations.

Why You Should Attend:

This summit is unparalleled in its global reach and diversity of insights, making it an essential event for leaders looking to make a significant impact in today's complex world. Given the current challenges in the pastor sector and beyond, attending the GLS provides not just the opportunity to learn from top leadership experts but also access to a vast network of resources and a community committed to positive change worldwide.

11. All Pastors Conference 2024 - Acme, MI (October 14-16, 2024)

All Pastors Conference website
All Pastors Conference 2024

Overview:

The All Pastors Conference 2024 focuses on providing pastors from various backgrounds a platform for rejuvenation, learning, and networking. The conference will cover a wide array of topics relevant to pastoral ministry, including theological insights, practical ministry skills, and personal well-being, with sessions led by experienced and respected speakers in the field of church leadership.

Why You Should Attend: In a time when pastors are facing unprecedented challenges in ministry, this conference offers essential tools and encouragement to sustain and grow your pastoral calling. It's an invaluable opportunity to connect with peers, exchange ideas, and return to your ministry refreshed and inspired, making it a standout event in the pastoral community.

Learn more about how to organize a conference for your own church here.

What's Next?

These pastor conferences offer a diverse range of opportunities for growth, learning, and fellowship among pastors and church leaders. Whether you're looking for practical advice on church management or seeking spiritual rejuvenation, there's something valuable to be found in attending these gatherings.

My team and I have also vetted a list of church podcasts for pastors that might be helpful for you. And (this is a good one), one of our contributors has written a powerful article about getting distracted by the wrong church growth metrics, and keeping your eyes on Jesus.

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Joshua Gordon
By Joshua Gordon

Joshua Gordon is a lay-pastor, author, and editor of TheLeadPastor.com. Over the last two decades, Josh has worked closely with pastors and other christian leaders, helping them to sharpen and elevate their messages. Today, Joshua pastors at New Life Fellowship, a thriving church he helped plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.