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We want to change how you do ministry. For the better.

Ephesians 4 says that the calling of church leaders is not simply to do the work of ministry but to “train the people in the work of the ministry” in order to have the healthiest, most effective churches. Pipeline aims to help you do just that.

It will help you learn how and why to create a leadership pipeline to develop people at every level in your church from weekly volunteer to pastoral staff.

Pipeline is unlike other church leadership events because it offers real training, something staffs can take home and begin implementing immediately. We hope to see hundreds of churches impacted and healthier through it, and we would love you to be part of it.


Main Conference - October 13th will feature plenary sessions as well as TED-style presentations to flesh out application and implementation. After each session there will be a Q&A moderated by the co-hosts of our popular 5 Leadership Questions podcasts. Throughout the event attendees will enjoy the sounds of gifted artists Courtland Urbano and Andrew Greer

Coaching Day – October 12th or 14th is for attendees desiring a deeper dive and additional training in developing leadership pipelines, so our consultants and trainers will assist you in implementing a pipeline plan at their churches. Pastors and staff will take an inventory of leaders, explore how leadership development occurs, and examine how to provide quality content and training. Seating is limited as Coaching Day is a smaller, more interactive environment.

Schedule Overview

Main ConferenceCoaching Day
- Conviction, Culture, Constructs
- TED Talks
- Vision
- Strategy
- Collaboration
- Church Practice
- Leading Leaders
- Discipleship
- People Development
- Stewardship
- Dangerous Calling
- Roundtable discussions with your team
- Coaching from LifeWay Leadership Consultants
- Interaction and implementation focus
- Leave with a plan in place
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Featured Speakers

Trip Lee (1) 10-19-15

Trip Lee

Trip Lee

Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor in Atlanta, he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world.

In his first book, The Good Life, Lee points to the abundant life available only in Christ – a life beyond anything the world can offer. His second book, Rise, calls a younger generation not to wait to follow God, but to get up and live now.

As a hip-hop artist, Lee’s music has received critical acclaim, while reaching a large and growing audience. He’s won a Stellar award and been nominated for several Dove Awards. His last three albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel charts, and his most recent album, Rise, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Rap charts and #16 on the Billboard 200.

Trip’s deepest desire in his writing, teaching, and performing is to declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ.


Thom Rainer

Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, a 5,000-employee organization headquartered in Nashville. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in business administration. He received both the master of divinity and the Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Dr. Rainer has served as pastor of four churches and is also the former president of Rainer Group consulting. He served for 12 years as dean at Southern Seminary. Dr. Rainer has authored or co-authored 25 books.


Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp

Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries whose mission statement is: “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” This vision has led Paul to write many books on Christian living and to travel around the world preaching and teaching. Paul's driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people face in this broken world.


Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church, a growing multi-campus church north of Toronto and strategic partner of North Point Community Church. Prior to starting Connexus, Carey served for 12 years in a mainline church, transitioning three small congregations into a single, rapidly growing church. He writes one of today's most widely read Christian leadership blogs at and hosts the popular Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. Carey is the author of several best-selling books, including Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, Leading Change Without Losing It and co-author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity


Eric Geiger

Eric Geiger

Eric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored and co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church. He also serves as senior pastor of ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee.


Jenni Catron

Jenni Catron

Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. Jenni blogs at and contributes to a number of other online publications. Outreach Magazine has recognized her as one of the 30 emerging influencers reshaping church leadership. Jenni has served on the executive leadership teams of Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, and CrossPoint Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to ministry leadership, she worked as an artist development director in the Christian music industry.

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Pipeline is grateful for the following ministry partners



Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


B&H Publishing