Shawn is Directional Leader for, a coaching and resourcing ministry for pastors and churches. He would love to help you and your team work through whatever keeps you up at night!


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 2: Confessions of a Church Planter: "What I Wish I Had Known About Giving and Church Finance When I Planted My Church"
The title says it all. This will be a very informative session as you hear firsthand from a successful church planter who will share with you the lessons he learned from planting his church. Shawn Lovejoy planted Mountain Lake Church outside Atlanta, and he will share firsthand the things he would do differently if he were to start all over again. This will be a highly practical session with a very candid conversation from a successful church planter.
Time: Wednesday, 8:45 – 9:45am
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 322

Workshop Session 4: Managing Team Tensions
One more team member doesn't solve our problems. In fact, it can create them! How do we manage the daily team tensions that we feel? In this one-of-a-kind workshop, Shawn Lovejoy, CEO of, will teach us how to manage these team tensions. Subjects include: Building a Healthy Team Culture; What We Owe Our Team; Keeping the Team Aligned; Personnel Issues; Making Better Hires; How to Release Someone; How to Regularly Monitor and Review Our Staff; Leadership Development Among Our Staff; and More!
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301G

Workshop Session 5: Simple Systems That Work
A system is a BRIDGE that moves things and people from where they are to where God wants them to be. We call it discipleship, but we need a clearer plan and process for it. In this workshop, Shawn Lovejoy, CEO of, will teach us how to build BRIDGES that move things and people from where they are to where God wants them to be. Not good at systems? This workshop is for you. Need to build better discipleship systems? This workshop is for you!
Time: Thursday, 8:45 – 9:45am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301G

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