Chris Bell is a dynamic pastor, leader, and church planter who recently celebrated 20 years of ministry. Utilizing his passionate and impactful teaching of scripture, Chris uses creativity to help people develop an understanding and love of the Word. Chris has been a youth pastor, church planter, and multisite pastor before becoming lead pastor of 3Circle Church in the Baldwin/Mobile County (Alabama) area. Chris has been featured in Outreach Magazine and 3Circle Church was named one of the fastest growing churches in America and the 2nd fastest growing church in Alabama. 3Circle Church is a 5 campus multisite church with over 3100 weekly attendance. Chris is a visionary leader who is leading the church to tangibly impact communities. He is married to Nan, and has three children. Chris studied theology and communications at University of Mobile and Luther Rice Seminary.


PRE-CONFERENCE: The Three Gears of Growth – Hosted by Courage to Lead
In this preconference, Shawn Lovejoy, Founder & CEO of, along with Blake Stanley and Chris Bell from 3Circle Church, will talk about how to align The Three Gears of Growth: Culture, Team, and Systems, for rapid growth and multiplication. Topics Include: Building a Team No One Wants to Leave; Habits of Building a Healthy Culture; Selecting (and Deselecting) People; Aligning Everyone Around the Vision; Simple Systems That Work; and more! This promises to be the most well-rounded, comprehensive precon at Exponential! See list of all speakers in this pre-conference here.
Day / Time: Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301E

Workshop Session 1: Aligning Everyone Around the Vision
Where there is no vision, people perish. They cast off restraint. They wander off in random directions. When everyone understands and embraces the vision, there is life, passion, growth, and success ... in God's eyes! How do we keep the vision in front of the people more effectively? How can we communicate it more clearly, concisely, and creatively? How do we connect the vision more effectively to our weekend gatherings? How do we respond when we realize we've drifted away from the vision? How do we bring about change and transition it without blowing everything up? This workshop could save your church!
Time: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301G

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