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Leading Now & Exploring What’s Next

Pastors and church leaders are facing some of the most unexpected and difficult circumstances in our most recent history. The way our churches are run has been turned upside down, but hope is alive and well.

During this event, we’ll come together to understand the journey so far, and how to forge ahead together for what God has in store for His Church next. If you are a church leader in any capacity, this event is designed especially for you to give you hope and clarity in this season.


Main Sessions

Henry Cloud - Speaking at Church Next Event

Boosting Your Leadership Health

Dr Henry Cloud, Clinical Psychologist & Leadership Expert; Best-selling Author

Dr. Henry Cloud will help you contextualise and face the struggles all pastors and church leaders are experiencing. With families struggling and depression on the rise, too often leaders are required to help others but struggle to take care of themselves in the process. Dr. Cloud will address how you can equip yourself to face these challenges. Whether you power through, run away—or address your pain in a different way—understand what is affecting you, how you can create a path to emerge stronger and pass that resilience on to others.

During this session, Dr. Cloud will be joined by guest, Robert Morris from Gateway Church who will share his personal journey to a place of healing.

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, clinical psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His 45 books, including the iconic Boundaries, have sold nearly 15 million copies worldwide. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams and executives to improve performance, leadership skills and culture. His newest book, The Power of the Other, debuted at #5 on the Wall Street Journal best-seller list.

Michael Todd speaking at Church Next event

Taking Digital Ground & Changing Lives

Michael Todd, Transformation Church; Author; Social Media Influencer

During this interview with Michael Todd, lean in and learn from one of the leaders Craig Groeschel turns to for inspiration and to share ideas to continue to reach the emerging generation in every way possible. Grapple with what real-world evangelism could look like in 2021 and beyond, how social media can be positively leveraged and what churches can do to create excitement as we bring our church base back to in-person gatherings.

In 2015, Michael Todd and his wife Natalie were entrusted with the leadership of Transformation Church by the founding Pastor. With a vision to reach their community, city and world with the Gospel in a relevant and progressive way, they’ve grown rapidly—After recently purchasing the SpiritBank Event Center, their church serves 5,000 attendees live weekly and more than 120,000 online. In keeping with the church’s aspiration to represent God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ, Todd reaches a multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational audience. Todd’s influence reaches far beyond the church walls with viral expansion on social media, including several of his talks with over 17 million views on YouTube alone. Todd released his first book in April 2020, Relationship Goals.

Craig Groeschel speaking at Church Next event

Five Reasons I’m More Optimistic Than Ever

Craig Groeschel, Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church; Best-Selling Author; Champion of the GLS

Some estimate that 50% of church attenders aren’t returning to church buildings. Leaders and their teams are struggling to find steady ground in a world where the future is shifting minute by minute. Join Craig as he challenges church leaders to remain optimistic and full of faith that the church is alive and as vital today as any time in history. Get ready to be inspired and equipped to lead your church into its most productive, meaningful and effective days of ministry.

Globally recognised as a leader of leaders, Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, rated the #1 place to work in 2020 for small and mid-size companies by Glassdoor. Known for their missional approach to leveraging the latest technology, Life.Church is the innovative creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country worldwide. In 2020, Life.Church provided free tools to thousands of churches who quickly transitioned to a virtual church experience in the wake of the global health pandemic. Travelling the world as a champion of The Global Leadership Summit, Groeschel advocates for building leaders in every sector of society. He is also the host of the top-ranked Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his latest book is Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.

Life.Church Pastors Panel

Get Candid with Life.Church

Go behind the scenes to hear the tough questions Life.Church is asking about church life today. Craig Groeschel and his team explore what the future of gatherings will look like, identify guiding principles used to make wise decisions and dig into our assumptions and how they determine our actions.

Melody Dixon - Church Next Event

Melody Dixon

Melody Dixon has been a part of Life.Church since 2010 and is the campus pastor at the Midtown Tulsa location. She is passionate about leading people to share Jesus and to take next steps in their relationship with Christ.

Sam Adams Martin at Church Next Event

Sam Adams Martin

Sam is a pastor at Life.Church and is passionate about reaching people from all walks of life with the message of Jesus. He leads the broadcast location in Edmond, Oklahoma and has been on staff since 2010.

Tome Dawson at Church Next event

Tome Dawson

Tome joined the Life.Church team in 2006 and has a player/coach role as the campus pastor of the South Tulsa location, which he launched in 2008, and leads all 7 Tulsa area locations for Life.Church.

Interviews & Breakout Discussion

The event will be hosted and facilitated by UK & Ireland leaders, as well as including interviews to contextualise the learnings and application.

Take Advantage of Breakout Rooms

Your breakout facilitator will help you move from information to transformation through a guided discussion after each session. These discussions will take place in virtual breakout rooms.

The Best Way to Experience the Event

Whether it’s you and a colleague in ministry, a friend, your team or a large group—don’t come alone! Join us online together.

(Please honour our request that ALL who attend the event must have their own ticket.)