The Intensive | A Two-Day Workshop For Church Communicators

Sorry, No Events for 2018

The Intensive events in 2017 (and the Certification Lab before that) were a powerful opportunity to connect and train church communicators. Part of the challenge of these events is making sure we’re offering the very best experience. With that in mind, we have no events planned for 2018. We’re taking some time to reconsider the events and figure out how we can continue to make them the best church communication events possible.

Still want to attend an event in 2018?

Check out our list of 2018 church communication events for ideas, alternatives, and even some discounts. (We offer discounts only to our Courageous Storytellers members.)

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About The Intensive

The Intensive is a two-day concentrated workshop designed to help communicators from churches of all sizes improve their communications and marketing effort.

The format is a combination of lecture style (with some of today’s most renown church communication experts) combined with lab-style projects that leave people exhilarated, equipped, and empowered to communicate better.

$599 Regular Price, $549 Early Bird Rate, $499 Super Early Bird Rate
Courageous Storytellers Members Receive An Additional Discount. Join Now!

You’ll learn…

Decision Leadership

Learn the difference between input authority and decision authority and what how to be successful with each.


Practical Strategies

Learn practical strategies that you can take back to implement immediately at your church.


Team Leadership

Learn how to build a church communication team and lead it with excellence.

Social Media Best Practices

Social media is a constantly changing tool. Learn best practices to leverage it most effectively.

Developing Your Creativity

Walk away with a plan for being more creative and how to work more inspired.

Storytelling Tools

Develop a toolbox of storytelling techniques you can use to advance the story of God at your church.


Series Planning Tips

Learn how to develop a sermon series, how to work with your lead pastor, and how to make services better.


Communication Mistakes To Avoid

Learn from the decades of experience of our instructors who’ve already made mistakes you can avoid.

What Folks Are Saying About The Intensive

One of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done for myself and my ministry.

Julie Snyder

Communications Specialist, Southside Church of Christ

Learned more about communications today than I have in the past year.

Robert Carnes

Communications Director, Vinings Church

I loved learning from seasoned church comm leaders at The Intensive today. Can’t wait for tomorrow and to bring it all back to my church!

Allison Flores

Communications/Social Media Director, Crosspointe Church

The topics and the speakers were right on target with my questions/needs. I was able to apply some of the things I learned immediately.

Jeff Brown

Communications Director, Central Presbyterian Church

Dates and Locations


West Ridge Church
April 24-25

St. Louis Advanced Intensive

The Crossing
June 26-27


Whitewater Crossing Church
July 24-25


Christ Fellowship Church
September 25-26

Typical Schedule

Day One

8:15 – Check In
8:30 – Session One
10:00 – Break
10:30 – Session Two
12:30 – Lunch
1:00 – Session Three
2:30 – Break
3:00 – Session Four
4:30 – Evening Lab Work

Day Two

8:15 – Session One
10:30 – Break
11:00 – Session Two
12:30 – Lunch
1:00 – Session Three
4:00 – Dismiss

Each event is customized based on the demographics and survey of participants so the schedule is subject to change slightly.

Our Faculty

Lori Bailey

Lori Bailey

Lori is Central Group Leader of Communications for Life.Church & YouVersion.

Kelley Hartnett

Kelley Hartnett

Kelley is a 10-year veteran of church communications and a freelance writer.

Stephen Brewster

Stephen Brewster

Stephen is the Creative Arts Pastor at Real Life Church.

Mark MacDonald

Mark MacDonald

Mark is the Senior Brand Strategist at Be Known For Something.

Phil Bowdle

Phil Bowdle

Phil is the Creative Arts Pastor at West Ridge Church.

Gerry True

Gerry True

Gerry is the Senior Communications Minister at Oak Hills Church.