Attending a Church Conference

Welcome to the second edition of Pros & Cons. Today we tackle the pros and cons of attending a church conference.


Our team tries to go to at least one conference a year, and it’s always one of the highlights of our year. Over the years we’ve been to C3, Catalyst, Unleashed, and, most recently, Inside Elevation. While the content of the conference is always great, what we’ve found most valuable is just spending time outside of church with our team. I’ve listed my other pros, as well as some cons, below. Keep in mind this is a candid look, so don’t take it too seriously.

Pro – Long road trips spent talking and laughing with your team.

Con – Getting sick in the back of a 15-passenger van.

Pro – Getting to visit a new city.

Con – Realizing your church is in a terrible location.

Pro – Getting the best seats in the house.

Con –Sitting around someone who speaks his/her every thought, “Wow.”

Pro – All the coffee you care to drink.

Con – Twenty minute waits for the bathroom.

Pro – Getting to hear messages from some of the best speakers in the world.

Con – Your team wondering why they have to listen to you every Sunday.

Pro – Worshipping with thousands of other church leaders.

Con – Elders who ask for earplugs.

Pro – Learning ways to do ministry better.

Con – Returning to church and trying to implement the changes.

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