We're heading to California!

In less than two weeks CourageToLead is headed to Exponential West to join up to 2000 church leaders for a week of inspiring talks and teachings on leadership.

Dream Big is the theme of this year's main conference and will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. It’s not too late to register for tickets! You can do that here.

At the conference, CourageToLead is excited to have the opportunity to do what we're most passionate about -- coaching and encouraging leaders. This marks CourageToLead’s 10th year to attend the conference. CourageToLead.com founder and CEO, Shawn Lovejoy will be hosting the pre-conference, Making the TEAM-WORK, along with CourageToLead coaches Brandon Cox, Kevin Lloyd, and Adam Bishop. The pre-conference kicks off on Monday October 2, with sessions and events lasting through Thursday October 5th.  

This pre-conference sessions will be extremely practical. Shawn and our coaches will cover everything leaders need to recruit, build, and develop a great team. Leaders will walk away with a new structure and a new plan. They’ll also be equipped for dozens of future conversations and decisions as it relates to their teams. In workshops throughout the week of the conference, Shawn and the coaches will tackle subjects that leaders on every level can benefit from, staying true to CourageToLead’s mission to coach leaders on what keeps them up at night.

We’d love to see you there, so drop us a line if you’re planning on going! If you can’t make it, don’t sweat it! You can still catch some of the action on CourageToLead’s social media. Follow us for coverage and highlights from the conference. 

Making The TEAM-WORK Pre-conference:  

Speakers: Shawn Lovejoy, Adam Bishop, Brandon Cox, and Kevin Lloyd

• How To Stop Doing Everything

• Developing a Healthy Team Culture 

• Developing a Leadership Development Culture

• The RIght Organizational Structure

• How To Hire Right and Fire Right

• Becoming A Leader Worth Following

Shawn Lovejoy's conference speaking schedule: 

Workshop Session 1: Making the Team-Work
We are not responsible for what we don't have. How do we equip our team to be equippers? How do we get the most out of the leaders have now? If we are faithful with the Team we have, perhaps God will trust us with more! One more staff person will not solve our problems. We will never have enough staff. Whether we have leaders who are paid to be good (or good for nothing), we must train our team to be developers rather than do-ers of ministry. We must lead and multiply leaders. We must build a team and align this team around the vision. Learn how to do just that in this one-of-a-kind workshop.

Time: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Life Development Building - Room 206

Workshop Session 2: Church Plant to MegaChurch: Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned
The title says it all. This will be a very informative session as you hear first-hand from a successful church planter, pastor, and coach, the hard lessons learned about finances starting and growing a Church from 30 to 3,000. This will be a highly practical session with a very candid conversation from two seasoned leaders: Shawn Lovejoy and Jim Sheppard, CEO from Generis.

Time: Wednesday, 8:45 – 9:45am
Location: Port Mariners Kids - Room 237

Workshop Session 3: Church Branding & Communication: The Difference Maker for Growing Churches
Too many good churches with great leaders miss their growth potential because of poor branding and communication practices. In this workshop, Brandon Cox and Shawn Lovejoy from CourageToLead.com will talk about how to establish powerful branding and communication practices for our church: among our leadership, from the leadership to the congregation, and from the congregation to the surrounding community. Growing churches know how to engage their congregation, community, and leadership — through great branding and great communication! Shawn Lovejoy, Brandon Coax, and Ryan Moore, Director of Communications for Generis, will share in this session. 

Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Life Development Building - Room 206

Workshop Session 5: The Three Gears of Growth: Culture, Team, & Systems
In this workshop, Shawn will talk about how to align "The Three Gears of Growth: Culture, Team, and Systems" for rapid growth and multiplication. Topics Include: Habits of Building A Healthy Culture; Building A Team No One Wants to Leave; Selecting (and Deselecting) People; Scaling Our Systems For The Next Level; and more! This promises to be the most well-rounded, comprehensive workshop at Exponential.

Time: Thursday, 8:45 – 9:45am
Location: Life Development Building - Room 206

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