In the midst of talk of the “death of the church,” vital, creative, life-giving communities exist around the world, in communities large and small. The LEAD conference has always strived to shine a spotlight on this emerging church, not as a hope for the future but as a recognition of God’s work in the world here and now.


“At LEAD, there is a palpable sense of the Spirit pushing her Church into the hopeful future. The excitement from diverse participants from all over the connection is what fuels my work for the entire rest of the year.” – Kenneth Pruitt


For three days, every year, we bring together leaders, innovators, and creatives from within, and outside, The United Methodist Church. Participants hear big ideas, experience amazing music, and network with others. There are no paid speakers or professional experts, this is a conference that is fully participant driven.

Past LEAD Conferences have been held in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Austin, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Denver, New Orleans, Seattle, and San Diego.

The next LEAD Conference will be held in Asheville, NC January 22- 25, 2023.