why do churches do conferences?

why do churches do conferences?

i’ve been to several conferences that i enjoyed immensely.  i was challenged and inspired, and i got to share ideas with new friends (and i got out of town for a few days).

but i’ve never been to a conference put on by a local church.

but i am seeing it more and more–individual churches inviting leaders in to taste their flavor–and i am wondering about their motivations.  i can understand why a movement/denomination/conference would do conferences for their constituency.  and i even get the catalyst-type conferences where the hot speakers that everyone wants to hear are brought together in one place and everyone comes.

but why would a church do a conference?

if you could administer a truth serum, what would they say?  there are a few reasons i can think of…

1.  they feel like they have received something unique/special from god and they want to be good stewards of what they have been given.

2.  they feel like they are something special and they want people to come in and affirm them.

3.  they want to make money.

what am i missing?  are there reasons i have not thought of?  what do you think”

why do churches do conferences?


3 thoughts on “why do churches do conferences?

  1. I am not an especially astute man…. but I am wondering if the missing number 2 in your list was purposeful.

    I can’t say that I know the reasons that a church has a conference. It may be a myriad of reasons ranging from wanting to impact people to creating a ‘synergy’ behind their brand name.

    • you are astute, tony, and i am an idiot…i skipped the two (now fixed).

      and unless you think “creating a ‘synergy’ behind their brand” is a self-absorbed motivation, you are a generous man as well. personally, i am dubious about their reasons.

      • I am the first to admit that I am especially jaded toward church marketing concepts because they seem to lift the man more than they do the Christ. That being said, I want to believe that there are those who are truly bent on glorifying God through gifts that God has given them to instruct or disciple in specialized areas. Ultimately, the litmus test lies somewhere in the motivation of the conference.

        If it is a social justice motivation – it fails.

        If it is a community development motivation – it fails.

        If it is a success model motivation – it fails.

        If it is an outpouring of gifts in worshipful obedience with a desire to first glorify God and allow the Holy Spirit to be evidenced in the fruit of any of the areas I have mentioned, then we have something that is worth looking at.

        No small task there.. eh?

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