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At GrowLeader Conference, you will be able to learn the heart behind all GrowLeader has to offer and how to practically implement that into your church—all while experiencing an encouraging and life-giving culture with other pastors and leaders from around the world.


Through sessions, you will learn proven church systems and structures that, when implemented, will enable your church to grow to the next level. This dynamic event will empower and refresh you, as well as provide you with the practical ministry tools and resources you need to help your church grow. We hope you can join us for GrowLeader 2021!



Tuesday, July 27th

5:30 PM - Registration

6:30 PM - Doors Open

7:00 PM - Main Session

with Pastor Chris Hodges

Wednesday, July 28th

9:00 AM - Main Session

with Pastor Chris Hodges

10:30 AM - Break

11:00 AM - Main Session

with Pastor Chris Hodges

12:00 PM - Lunch (On-Site)

1:00 PM - Lab 1

Growth Track & Dream Team with Layne Schranz

2:15 PM - Lab 2

Church Finances & Generosity with Ronnie Bennett & Lee Domingue

3:15 PM - Break

7:00 PM - First Wednesday Experience

with special guest Dr. John Maxwell

Thursday, July 29th

7:30 AM - Prayer Service

9:00 AM - Main Session

with Pastor Chris Hodges

11:00 AM - Main Session

with Pastor Chris Hodges

12:00 PM - Lunch (On-Site)

1:00 PM - Lab 3

Small Groups with Hamp Greene

2:15 PM - Lab 4

Weekend Services with Kellen Coldiron & John Larson

3:00 PM - Conference Ends

Note: Schedule is Subject to Change.

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In order to help with planning your visit to Birmingham, a third-party travel agency has arranged room blocks with local hotels that have offered special rates for GrowLeader Conference attendees. For a list, including contact information, pricing, and the opportunity for online booking, please click the link below.



Please note: Church of the Highlands is not responsible for facilitating the needs associated with reserving hotel rooms. By clicking the link above, you acknowledge that you will be opening a website owned and operated by a third-party; not Church of the Highlands. Church of the Highlands is not liable for any reservations you make through this system.


Is there a limit to how many people I can bring to GrowLeader 2021?

Because we want to accommodate as many churches as possible at this event, each church is limited to 8 attendees max. This amount includes all multi-site locations and schools associated with the church.

Who is able to attend the GrowLeader Conference?

GrowLeader Conference is designed to train and equip pastors and church leaders. Any member of your church staff or team are welcome to attend.

Are children allowed at GrowLeader Conference?

While families are important to us, this is an adults-only conference. Because we are trying to create a distraction-free environment for all attendees, we do not allow children of any age to attend the conference, and we are unable to make exceptions.

Will I be able to visit any of the GrowLeader Conference Locations?

Your conference registration is location-specific, and you will only be granted access at the location for which you registered. While we cannot switch your ticket for another campus, you are more than welcome to visit any location before the Conference starts on Tuesday, July 27 from 12:00p - 5:00p or after Conference ends on Thursday, July 29 from 3:00p - 5:00p. We would also love for you to visit us for church on Sunday.

Are there refunds available if I am unable to attend?

Thank you for understanding that GrowLeader Conference registration is non-transferable and non-refundable. In the event that you are unable to attend the conference in-person due to testing positive for COVID-19, our team would be glad to credit your registration paid towards next years GrowLeader Conference.

How do I contact GrowLeader if I have a question about my registration?

You can email if you have a question about your registration. If you have any questions about GrowLeader or the experience in general, please email our team at

Where can I find the GrowLeader Conference schedule?

The schedule for GrowLeader Conference can be found on the GrowLeader Conference page under “Schedule.”

What is the event COVID-19 Policy?

By registering and attending any GrowLeader event, you are agreeing to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Please consider that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 or other infectious diseases in any place where groups of people are present. Although we’ve implemented recommended practices to promote and protect the health and safety of all our attendees and event staff, we cannot ensure or be held liable that the premises are free from contagions. By voluntarily entering and being present at this event, you (and each person in your party) acknowledge and agree to accept complete and sole responsibility for the inherent risk of possible exposure and will hold harmless GrowLeader, Church of the Highlands, and its officers, directors, staff, vendors and volunteers from any and all liabilty.

GrowLeader reserves the right to change the dates of GrowLeader events in the event of unpreventable schedule conflicts. If dates do change, you will be notified immediately with options for next steps.

COVID protocols and policies are subject to change based on state and local guidelines at the time of the event. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The GrowLeader Conference is sponsored by the Wesleyan Investment Foundation & Hand of Hope. Click below to learn more about these organizations

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