Creative Church

C3 Conference is a gathering of thousands of leaders and influencers from all walks of life and all around the world who are passionate about bringing a new level of excellence to their church and hope to their community.

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Contributors

Ed Young

Host of C3 Conference

Ed Young is a renowned pastor, leader, and communicator known for his effectiveness in connecting God’s unchanging truth with a diverse culture through compelling and creative teaching methods.

A leadership expert recognized for making complex leadership issues simple to understand and address, Ed provides resources for other church leaders through C3 Global and CreativePastors.com. He is the founding and senior pastor of Fellowship Church, and each year he hosts the international C3 Conference in Grapevine, TX. As a New York Times best-selling author, Ed has written 15 books on leadership and Christian living, including his latest release Fifty Shades of They: Insights that Bring Life to Your Relationships. Ed's other books include Sexperiment, In the Zone and The Creative Leader.

Steven Furtick

Guest Speaker

Steven Furtick is the New York Times bestselling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, Crash the Chatterbox, and (Un)Qualified. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte NC, which since its founding in 2006 has grown to multiple locations across several states. He preaches around the world and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven and his wife, Holly, have three children and live near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Julie Richard

Guest Speaker

Julie Richard and her husband Mac founded Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX in 1997. Julie’s experience covers a diverse background, which includes: special education, elementary reading, early childhood and student ministry. Through FearlessMom.com, a ministry she founded in 2013, Julie has the opportunity to combine her unique set of experiences and apply all she’s learned to empower moms with skills and tools to actually ENJOY parenting.

J Don George

Guest Speaker

J. Don George has served since 1955 as both pastor and evangelist. After traveling as an evangelist for seven years, he held pastorates in Plainview, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Fort Worth, Texas. In 1972, he became Senior Pastor of Calvary Church in Irving, Texas, and has served continuously in that position since then. Pastor George is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University: Plainview, Texas. He has done additional studies at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. George also holds the Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. George has traveled often to foreign countries for Evangelistic Outreach Crusades. He has preached in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and South America. In 1957, George was married to Gwen Rogers of Abilene, Texas. Their three children are Valerie Jones, Roger George and Rodney George. George has six grandchildren. George is a member of the Irving Chamber of Commerce and the Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club. He is past president of the Irving Ministerial Association and the Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club.

J. Don George presently serves on the following Ministry Boards:

  • Assemblies of God Executive Presbytery; Springfield, Missouri
  • Cutting Edge International (Dr. James O. Davis; Rockledge, Florida
  • Leadership Institute (Dr. Morris Sheats); Lubbock, Texas
  • Equip (John Maxwell Ministries); Atlanta, Georgia
Scott Thomas

Guest Speaker

Scott has been in fulltime ministry since 1991. He served on a church team as the Executive Pastor of a multi-level staff where he authored church leadership curriculum, spoke extensively in churches, and launched a thriving satellite campus before finalizing his twenty-year ministry tenure with this ministry.

In January 2011, Scott and his wife, Cindy, birthed Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida. Holding services in a local convention center, they designed worship experiences and packaged the Gospel in unorthodox ways to reach the unchurched, de-churched and over-churched. As a result, in November 2015, Free Life Chapel’s growing multi-ethnic congregation was able to purchase a twenty-two acre campus with a sanctuary, office complex and private Christian school.

Scott is known for his practical teaching and creative delivery of biblical truths that inspires people with real passion, hope and hunger to know Christ. His extensive Hebraic insights, along with his humorous and culturally engaging style, reaches audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Scott is a certified life coach and a passionate student of Judaic/Hebraic studies. He holds his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lee University as well as a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Newburgh Theological Seminary. He has earned a Doctorate degree in Divinity from Master’s International University of Divinity.

Scott and Cindy have been married for 22 years and have a 21 year old son, Caleb, who is in his senior year at South Eastern University.

Tim Chambers

Guest Speaker

Tim has a simple approach to teaching and life that has served him well for 30 plus years of ministry. He has developed a passion for taking the cookies off the top shelf and putting them on the bottom shelf where everyone can get their hands on them.  He has led the charge to grow the church and change the Church Culture in one of the most unreached regions of the United States, the North East. With his wife Donna and his 3 sons, Justin, Jordan, & Jon (the tre' J's) by his side, he has led Fresh Start Church for 17 years in their mission to, Connect the love of Jesus to the heart of their community.

App Sessions

Leadership

  • Equipping Your Leader to Succeed

    Assisting your leader is an enormous responsibility. Whether you are an executive assistant, an executive pastor or a lead volunteer, you will gain skills, insights and strategies to help you be a great asset to your leader and your church.

  • Go Big, Aim High

    Fighting through the barriers and turning potential breakdowns into pivotal breakthroughs for you and your church.

  • Senior Pastors’ Wives

    Whether you’re feeling the weight of the world or feeling like you can touch the sky, being a Senior Pastor's wife is an adventure! Join with Lisa Young and other pastor's wives as we share and celebrate this adventure together.

  • Special Events

    Hosting special events, whether big or small, are all about sharing experiences and expanding your audience. Turn your good event into an exceptional event with clear vision and practical tools! We'll show you how.

  • Building a Team to Build the Vision

    Creating a volunteer team can be one of the most challenging and rewarding efforts within the church. Delegating, creating culture and keeping the vision hot take work. Discover how you can find, develop and lead the best your church has to offer.

  • Vision: Turning the Dream into Reality

    How do you define and implement a vision that reflects your values and shapes your culture? Learn how to implement the vision so it is on the lips of your church and in the fabric of who you are.

  • Successful Teams

    Are your differences strengthening you or dividing you? Your team will be stronger when you learn how to leverage your uniqueness to bring about greater results.

  • Two Worlds Collide.. Conflict in Ministry

    Conflict in ministry is inevitable. Someone will betray you, a volunteer will let you down, a team member will disappoint you, and misunderstandings will occur. Learn how to minimize and push through conflict to experience growth on the other side.

  • Living Beyond Expectations

    Whose expectations are you trying to meet? You can rise above the internal and external expectations that surround you and learn to run in your own lane by managing expectations and minimizing conflict.

  • Time Maximization

    Most people waste time. How can you do more than manage your time and actually maximize your time? Personalize your own strategy for getting more done!

  • Fearless Mom

    Moms should enjoy life! Julie Richard will show you how to eliminate shame and embrace your God-given responsibility. You will leave equipped with tools to excel as a woman and a mom.

Ministry

  • Escoje Lo Grande! Enfoca Más Allá!

    Rompiendo las barreras que te impiden llegar al siguiente nivel.

  • Student Ministry: Finding More Hours in the Week

    Yes, you DO have time to plan, prepare and lead -- with enough time to still reach students! We'll show you how empowering and equipping your leaders will make your ministry work smarter and give you back hours in your day!

  • First Impressions

    Make your first impression your best impression! Create an environment that shows people the heart of your church before they even come onto your campus.

  • Worship

    Being a great worship leader is more than just leading a great worship experience. It's about pastoring and preparing your team to be great leaders on and off the stage.

  • Kids

    A great children's pastor doesn't just lead great children and a great team. They are essential for reaching and ministering to families. Learn the key factors that every children's pastor needs to know to accomplish great things.

  • Growth Track

    A biblically-functioning church is reaching unbelievers, new believers and mature believers. Create and customize a pathway that will meet the needs of many while still providing personalized attention.

  • Production

    It's more than lights and sound, it's the difference between run-of-the-mill average and over-the-top excellent. No matter your budget or resources, you can create an environment that tells the story and shares the Truth.

  • Communications/Social Media/Web

    Increase your marketing reach. Learn 7 hacks to help you next level your visual and verbal identity through your church, both online and in print.

Ministry Q&A Sessions

You've got questions and we've got answers!
Join us for one of our many Q&A discussion panels.

  • Students Q&A

  • Assimilation Q&A

  • Worship Q&A

  • Kids Q&A

  • Communications/Social Media/Web Q&A

  • Production Q&A

  • Sr. Pastors Q&A

  • Sr. Pastors' Wives Q&A

Schedule

*Conference schedule is subject to change

Wednesday

  • 8:00am Doors Open
  • 9:00am General Session One
  • 10:05am Break
  • 10:20am General Session Two
  • 11:20am Break
  • 11:35am General Session Three
  • 12:35pm Lunch
  • 2:15pm App Session One
  • 3:15pm Break
  • 3:30pm App Session Two
  • 4:30pm Dinner Break
  • 6:15pm Doors Open — C3 Attendees
  • 6:30pm Doors Open – Public
  • 7:00pm C3 Nights

Thursday

  • 8:30am Doors Open
  • 9:00am General Session Four
  • 10:00am Break
  • 10:15am General Session Five
  • 11:25am Break
  • 11:40am General Session Six
  • 12:40pm Lunch
  • 2:15pm App Session Three
  • 3:15pm Break
  • 3:30pm App Session Four
  • 4:30pm Dinner
  • 6:15pm Doors Open — C3 Attendees
  • 6:30pm Doors Open – Public
  • 7:00pm C3 Nights
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