Why Attend a Conference

Here at the Exponential Conference today I was asked why I came to this conference. I offered three reasons for coming to Exponential – and I think that these three reasons would probably provide the basis for attending any conference.

The reality is that I’ve been to a lot of conferences. However, not all conferences are worth attending.

It’s important to know the benefits you’ll receive in attending a conference.

3 Reasons Why I Attend a Conference

1. Intensive Learning.I am committed to ongoing growth and learning. Conferences can be a helpful way to advance my own personal and professional development. Yet reading good books, coaching, and classes can also contribute to my growth. If I’m going to invest the time and expense in attending a specific conference, I want be certain that the topics being addressed, the speakers, and the delivery approach will enhance my learning. It’s also critical that the topics relate to me personally.

2. Relational Connections. Another factor for me is discovering which of my friends may also be interested in attending the conference. There is often a lot of time set aside during breaks and in the evenings to discuss what we’ve heard, as well as catching up on what’s happening in our lives and ministry. It’s not that I couldn’t meet someone new. I just really value this as a key in determining which conference to attend. (I highly recommend taking your staff or volunteer leaders along with you.)

3. Ministry Expansion. I love the opportunity when what I am committed to and the ways that I serve as a missionary are aligned well with a particular conference. This increases the possibility that I will make contacts which will provide a platform for ministry partnership in the future. There’s no guarantee of this, but I love it when it happens.

Of course, it’s great when the registration fee, transportation and accommodations are affordable. I also enjoy a great time of worship. But these are a bonus!
Why do you attend conferences?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Know the reasons you’d attend a conference. Don’t attend conferences that won’t benefit you personally.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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