2022 is fast approaching and with it plans for the new year. If you want to learn about the latest digital developments and technologies that can help your House of Worship offer a better Sunday mass experience, then you may want to consider attending a church tech conference in 2022. From the best church software, audio-visual systems, to practical technologies and valuable networking, these conferences provide you with incredible insights to ensure your church is up to date.
Why Attend a Tech Conference
You may find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to attend a church technology conference. If you can truly say that you have got church technology all figured out with no problems, then maybe it’s not. But, the important thing to remember is that there is always more to learn. Technology is developing faster than ever before, so staying on top of it is increasingly more difficult.
The good news? You don’t have to do it alone. Joining a tech conference will equip you with the tools needed to help your church flourish while extending your reach and influence too. Make friends, forge connections, and meet like-minded people along the way when you attend a conference that’s specifically been designed for people just like you. Learn from the experts who have already walked in your shoes, and boost your church’s ranking, the self-confidence of your team, and overall productivity.
So, the real question is which will you attend. Read on for our top 9 church tech conferences for 2022.
1. Filo Conference
Details: May 10-12, 2022 in Chicago, IL
Whether volunteer or staff, the FILO Conference aims to provide skill development, community, and inspiration to help equip technical artists to become effective contributors to their local church. FILO is a combination of the FILO Conference, FILO Blog, FILO Podcast, and personalized FILO Coaching. The 2-day event is set to happen on May 10-12, 2022, and has live-stream and in-person tickets available. Super early-bird tickets start at $99.
Interact with the staff through the Virtual Expo Hall, which allows you to ask questions, get more from your experience, and even gives you a chance of winning free stuff! We would recommend choosing the in-person experience though, for the full VIP experience. Plus, you’ll get the chance to meet like-minded people along the way, building up community too. If you can’t make it to the in-person event, no worries. FILO offers discounted streaming tickets of groups larger than 25, so you can make an event of it, and watch with your fellow church-goers.
2. Engage Conference
Details: February 8-10, 2022 virtual conference
Engage Conference is a 3-day virtual event, happening on February 8th - 10th, 2022. It offers 20+ sessions and 16 speakers that cover a comprehensive range of topics, from guest and congregation engagement to leadership and technology. Watch online from anywhere in the world – all you need is an internet connection and a computer or mobile device.
With an incredible opportunity to claim free tickets for a short time only, it’s difficult to see how you could say no. Engage knows that it is impossible to stay on top of all of the new tech tools that are out there, and that's why their goal is to help you elevate your skills, extend your reach, and expand your church. It’s time to get together, help each other, and share our knowledge!
Instead of wasting time and money on trying to “figure it all out” – why not just learn straight from the source, from those who are already doing it? Learn what works and what doesn’t from those who have already tried, instead of simply repeating their past mistakes. It’s a no-brainer really! Each presentation will stream completely free for just 3 days, so it’s clear to see that Engage truly cares about the churches of our country.
3. Faithleads Tech
A one-day, single-track conference bringing together followers of Jesus Christ centered on technology and innovation, FaithLeads Tech seeks to utilize technology and innovation to provide biblical solutions for life. This conference is ideal for those who don’t have the time for extended breaks and would rather access the insightful details in one short and compacted day. Those who run it intentionally keep it a small affair so that genuine relationships can be forged throughout the day too.
Attendees from varying backgrounds - developers, designers, marketers, product visionaries, and ministry tech leaders - will gain insights and perspectives from technology experts and on current innovations at a global, church, university, and individual level. Keynotes and talks will explore a wide range of opportunities that currently exist at the intersection of faith and technology, as well as what innovations will be needed to provide an effective technology for the church of tomorrow.
For technologists, this gathering will offer encouragement, showing that believers are not alone in their faith or efforts, and offer support for being a strong believer in today’s technical environment. For ministry tech leaders, the conference will provide an opportunity to learn about current innovations in ministry tech, share pain points that may be solved through technology, and network with other ministry tech leaders who seek to spread the gospel and grow the church with the help of technology.
4. Global Leadership Summit
Details: August 4-5, 2022
The premier leadership event of the year, the Global Leadership Summit is set to happen on Thursday-Friday, August 4-5, 2022. The event will bring together hundreds of thousands of curious, growth-minded, change-driven men and women. Whether you attend online or in-person at one of the summit’s 500+ localhost sites, you will experience two days of rich, high-impact, inspiring sessions, and learn from a diverse faculty who will share their wisdom and practical perspective to support you in your leadership growth.
Working for more than 25 years, the Global Leadership Summit has been shown to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and work quality in those who attend. With a focus on the unique influences that each of us has, and the leadership potential that we hold within, this conference will urge you to be brave, and say yes to the changes that have been limiting your progress. Do the best you can for your community, and bring back the skills that your church needs to flourish.
5. SALT Conference
The SALT Conference is a 3-day event happening in October of each year, helping church leaders increase their creative and technical skills. The three-day conference brings forth powerful speakers and a multitude of practical workshops on creativity and technology. Due to Covid-19, last year’s conference was postponed but is set to happen again in 2022 with details to be announced early in the year.
With more than forty sessions offered in various fields such as lighting, audio, video, and more, the SALT conference provides a thorough and detailed look into church technology. Equipping you with the tools to combat burnout, remain productive, and increase your sense of purpose, this conference knows that the success of a team starts with the individual person. Whether you’re a tech wiz, or are just starting out you can find community while feeling understood here.
6. Church & Technology Summit
Details: September 2022, more details TBA
Usually happening in September of each year, the Church & Technology Summit is a 3 ½ day multi-track conference bringing together industry experts, technology enthusiasts alongside lead & executive pastors, ministry IT, and marketing leaders for a time of equipping and preparation for post-COVID-19 ministry. More than 30 of the most brilliant minds in the church technology space help conference attendees navigate our high-tech world with tools and useful strategies.
Details: May 7-10, 2022 in Chicago, IL
Exponential is a conference that brings together thousands of leaders for inspiration, encouragement, and equipping at Exponential 2022 in Orlando, FL. The conference features over 200 speakers, 150 workshops, 20 pre-conference intensives, and 75+ networks and denominations and covers a wide range of topics, including maximizing technology for ministry. Prices start at $119 per person.
As an immersive conference, the Church & Technology Summit is unique in its running. Helping you to learn through action, this conference tackles the increasingly crucial areas of social media and marketing alongside more traditional church technology themes. Take your church to the next level by avoiding some of the main technology mistakes, and spending your time where it really matters.
8. That Church Conference
Details: Replay videos available on that Church Conference Website
That Church Conference is a communications and marketing conference designed to bring together church practitioners to collaborate and learn from each other in a fun and exciting environment with practical teaching from leading experts in the church. Plus, they have a range of creative minds included in the speaker list, to keep the discussions lively and relevant. From comedians and authors to game-creators and visual experts, you will not be disappointed by the selection of speakers here.
Learn about church communications, marketing, social media, design, hospitality, and first impressions, technology, leadership, and more in over 100 sessions which you can watch at your own pace. You’ll immediately learn practical steps to grow your church, and better engage your community! Check out the website to buy your replay pass for $97. Why not upgrade to a VIP pass too? Get free coffee, exclusive entry to the VIP lounge, a cool swag bag, and more for just $50 when you choose VIP.
9. Saddleback Communications Summit
Due to pandemic-induced postponements, the Saddleback Communications Summit details are said to be announced in early 2022. During the three-day, two-night event, Saddleback’s communications team will share strategies and best practices in marketing, web, social media, creative arts, and storytelling and provide you with insights that equip you with a new vision and practical solutions to expand your reach and grow your church.
Never shying away from the nitty-gritty details that are oh-so-important in church management, the Saddleback Communications Summit will take you behind the scenes and show you high-level strategy techniques too. Helping you to align your multisite church with one consistent overarching vision while crafting a compelling story, this conference is ideal for larger spanning churches or those that are looking to expand.
Conferences are a great way to meet fellow industry leaders, learn from experts in the field, and find out about the latest church technologies on the market. While the pandemic may have forced some events to move online, don’t miss out on some of the best church tech conferences in 2022 to equip your House of Worship with the latest in technical skills and equipment.