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APRIL 23-24



Birmingham, AL

At the ARC Conference, our goal is for pastors, leaders, and future church planters to build relationships with one another and receive resources that will help the local church thrive.



Grants Mill Location

4700 Highlands Way, Birmingham, AL 35210




  • 8 a.m. — Doors Open at Grants Mill
  • 9 a.m. — Main Session
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch on the Lawn at Highlands College (3660 Grandview Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35243)
  • 6 p.m. — Doors Open at Grants Mill
  • 7 p.m. — Main Session
  • After Party following the Main Session


  • 8 a.m. — Doors Open at Grants Mill
  • 9 a.m. — Main Session
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch & ArcWomen Lunch & Learn
  • 1 p.m. — App Session 1
  • 2 p.m. — App Session 2
  • 3 p.m. — App Session 3
  • 6 p.m. — Doors Open at Grants Mill
  • 7 p.m. — Main Session


App Sessions are practical breakout sessions covering all areas of ministry. Each attendee will have the opportunity to attend three App Sessions on Wednesday at the ARC Conference. App Sessions cover topics including; leadership, marriage and ministry, mental health, discipleship, growth track, children’s and student ministry, finance, worship, production, multi-site, outreach and more.

WED, APRIL 24 @ 1:00P.M.

  • Multiplying Your Church Through Multiple Services and Locations
    Aaron Burke
  • Church Marketing: How to Reach More People in Your Community with Your Digital Presence
    Andrew Carter and Noah Herrin
    Room HK1
  • Faith in the Tech Era: Balancing AI, Sanity, and the Church
    Vance Roush, Joey Odom, Rich Hurrey, and hosted by Obed Martinez
    Room HK2
  • How Kids Ministry Can Help Grow Your Church
    Peter & Heather Stow and Clay Rector
  • Church Planting Innovations
    Brent Storms, Rick Burge, and Marc Cleary
    Classroom 1
  • Raising Pastors’ Kids that Love God and Don’t Hate the Church
    Garrett Booth
    Hospitality Room

WED, APRIL 24 @ 2:00P.M.

  • Creating Big Worship Team Energy on Little Worship Team Budget
    Tara Banks and Nate Davis
    Main Auditorium
  • Perspectives on Family and Ministry
    Randy & Amy Bezet and Family
  • How to Develop the Team Around You in Your Early Years as a Church
    Brian & Karen Bullock
    Room HK1
  • Attracting, Discipling, and Empowering the Next Generation
    Filmore Bouldes
    Room HK2
  • The Journey from Portable Church to Permanent Location
    Talaat McNeely and Shawn McGill
  • Navigating 6 Spiritual Seasons We All Will Face
    Tom Lane and Todd Lane
    Classroom 1
  • Practical Mental Health Tools for You and Your Family
    Toby Slough
    Hospitality Room

WED, APRIL 24 @ 3:00P.M.

  • Best Practices for Weekend Service Production
    Andy & Christy Cass
    Main Auditorium
  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Church Relevant in a Secular City
    Wayne Francis and Aaron Stern
  • Life lessons We Have Learned in Marriage and Ministry Together
    George & April Davis
    Room HK1
  • Life After Launching – the Ups and Downs of Church Planting
    Terrance & Johanne Wilson
    Room HK2
  • Small Town Church with Big Impact
    Sean Gajda
  • Ground Zero: Laying the Foundations of a Mission’s Strategy that Works
    Jamie Corcoran, Nate Puccini, Tim Heard, and Matt Moore
    Classroom 1
  • Helping people through trauma, tragedy, and major life transitions is part of the missional call of the church
    Davey Blackburn
    Hospitality Room


After the morning session, head on over to the Highlands College campus for Lunch on the Lawn; 3660 Grandview Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35243. We’ll enjoy food trucks, games, and lots of time to connect with others.

Join us, on April 23, after the evening session, for the ARC Conference After Party! The After Party is always a crowd favorite. We will head outside, where we’ll have tons of food, games, and fun for you and your team.



Highlands College students are educated, equipped, and sent to serve the local church in response to Luke 10:2. We invite you to interview recent graduates on-site at this year’s ARC Conference! You’ll get to review resumes beforehand and schedule times to connect with these leaders in-person. 



For booking flights, rental cars or additional travel needs, please contact Shelly Overbey-Higgins at WayPoint Travel at [email protected].


Discount hotels rates available through WayPoint Travel.



Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) ~ 12mi


Do you have to be from an “ARC church” to attend the ARC Conference?

Anyone in ministry can attend the ARC Conference! We see lead pastor couples, members of church staff, non-profit leaders, and key church volunteers all attend the ARC Conference. The churches represented are from different denominations, networks, and backgrounds.

How do I receive my conference credentials?

You will receive your conference wristbands onsite at your registered location. Please come prepared with your QR code ticket, as this will serve as proof of your registration. This QR code will be emailed out to all attendees closer to the event.

I already registered for the ARC Conference, how do I find out how many tickets I registered for?

You can pull up your order by clicking the “Manage Attendees” link in your original confirmation email. You can also go to and log in or enter the email you used when registering. You will receive an email from Brushfire with a link to access your events. Select the upcoming event you registered for. You will then be able to see all of the tickets you have registered and make adjustments to the tickets as needed. If you are unable to access either of these, please email [email protected].

Is my ARC Conference registration refundable?

We want to provide the best experience possible for ARC Conference attendees and be great stewards of the budget. We are not able to refund registration fees, but please know that your investment supports the training and equipping of our church planters.

Is childcare available?

We love your kids, but unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare at the ARC Conference. A nursing mother’s room will be available.

Is food provided?

Your ARC Conference registration will include coffee, snacks, and lunch on Tues. and Wed. There is also a specialty coffee bar with items available for purchase. Attendees will need to provide their own breakfast and dinner each day. *If you have food allergies or specific dietary needs, we encourage you to bring supplemental snacks.

Are there hotel discounts available?

Yes! We are partnering with WayPoint Travel. For booking flights, rental cars, or additional travel needs, please contact Shelly Overbey-Higgins at [email protected].

Will the ARC Conference be broadcast online?

We believe the ARC Conference is best experienced in person. At ARC, we truly value the relationships you can make at the ARC Conference that will last far beyond the week. Currently, there is no plan to broadcast the sessions online.

How can my business/organization sponsor the ARC Conference?

We have a variety of ways you can sponsor the ARC Conference, for more information please contact our Resource Partner team at [email protected].


The Wesleyan Investment Foundation is a Vision Partner of ARC. WIF offers on-demand savings accounts that not only give a high rate of interest but those funds are used to provide loans to churches to expand the Kingdom. WIF also partners with pastors and churches to provide funding for the spaces and places that make their vision a reality.






We are a cooperative of independent churches from different denominations, networks, and backgrounds who strategically resource church planters and pastors to help them reach people with the message of Jesus.