An exciting program designed to encourage and equip leaders is being planned for SpireConference 2019 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. Secure the dates of October 8-10 on your calendar now and plan to be part of this historic new event. An anticipated agenda is printed below, we will be making additional program specifics available soon. If you have not already done so, start by joining Spire to receive the latest updates and program information.

2019 Spire Conference – Anticipated Program Schedule for Planning your Travel


TUESDAY – October 8, 2019


9:00 AM – Registration is Open – Sponsors will have opportunity to offer special events


7:30 AM – Golf Outing – Pre-registration required visit


10:00 AM – Exhibits Open – Grand Ballroom and Registration Lobby


3:00 PM – Leadership with Levi Lusko – Cypress Ballroom 1A


5:00 PM – Free for Dinner


6:30 PM – Main Session – The Leader’s Team – Chrystal Ballroom 

               Featuring: Levi Lusko; Rick Rusaw with Scott Beck; Jodi Hickerson; Ashley Wooldridge


8:30 PM – After Party – Exhibits Closed



WEDNESDAY – October 9, 2019


8:00 AM – Exhibits Open – Grand Ballroom and Registration Lobby


9:00 AM – Main Session – The Leader’s Challenges – Chrystal Ballroom

               Featuring: Jon Tyson; Caleb Kaltenbach; Melissa Sandal; Oscar Muriu; Matt Merold; You-kai Chou; Tim Foot with Rick Rusaw


12:00 PM – Lunch


1:30 PM – Huddles and Breakout Sessions


HUDDLES:  1:30 – 4:30pm

Huddles are a roundtable, interactive experience where you get to learn from experts but also have your current Church issues addressed & get to help speak into the lives of others by adding your own wisdom to the conversation.

Senior Pastors  –  Cypress Ballroom 1A – Dave Dummitt (242 Community Church).


You’ll have options to talk with different experts over their area of expertise:


a.   Breaking the 200 barrier

b.   Breaking the 800 barrier

c.    Multisite Strategy

d.    Fully Funded

e.    Healthy Eldership and Sr. Pastor relationship.  

f.     ***More conversations will be added soon***



Executive Pastors – Cypress Ballroom – 1A – Mark Montemayor  (Real Life Church).


In this huddle you’ll have the opportunity to participate in three unique ministry leadership conversations. Each one hour conversation will be facilitated by a team of experienced executive ministry leaders who will provide practical insights as well as relational connections for you to grow as an executive leader


Worship/Experience/Communications – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Tim Foot (Lifebridge Church)


This is the place for Worship Leaders, Creative Arts, Production & Communication Directors to talk about going to the next level in their work.


Life Groups –New York/New Orleans Rooms –  Hamp Greene (Church of the Highlands)


Hamp oversees the Life Groups at Church of the Highlands, a church of over 47,000 people. He will lead you to discover the core principles for you to evaluate and create the healthiest system of groups possible for your church. You’ll also get to sit with other churches who are in your same size & setting. 


First Impression/Assimilation  – Denver Room – Greg Curtis (Eastside Christian Church)


Learn from one of the best Assimilations Pastor in the country while sitting at a table with Church’s that are your setting.


Church Planting – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Nate Bush (New City Church)


Learn & talk about the key issues that can’t be ignored if you’re going to be a Church planting Church.


Next Generation/College Age/Campus Ministry – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Jon McCallon (Southeast Christian Church) Mike Branton (Sun Valley Community Church)


This is an opportunity to learn from some of the most seasoned Children’s & Student ministers and from people who are leading in your setting & context.


Local/Global Outreach – Chicago Room – Doug Newland (Northside Christian Church)


Come share and learn about the best ways to mobilize your Church to serve your community and partner internationally.


Leadership Pipeline – Los Angeles Room – Oscar Muriu (Nairobi Chapel)


Oscar has been apart of the Rooted Network that has created a global movement of leaders helping people take their next step with Jesus. Oscar will share irreplaceable values to building and releasing leaders in your Church.


Campus Pastor – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Geoff Surratt


Every campus pastor has a different job description. Some get to preach, others just host, but they all carry the mantle of leadership in a unique way. Come share what you’re learning as a campus pastor and be invested into by one of the most experienced coach’s of campus pastors in Geoff Surratt. 



BREAKOUTS:  1:30 – 2:45pm & 3:15 – 4:30pm


Non-for-Profit & Self Leadership  – Solon 9 – Brad Lomenick


From spending more than two decades alongside thought leaders such as Jim Collins and Malcolm Gladwell, as well as countless Fortune 500 CEOs and start-up entrepreneurs, leadership consultant Brad Lomenick has created a practical road map for helping anyone implement and live out the twenty transformational habits that he discovered to be common among the world’s most innovative leaders.


In H3 Leadership, Lomenick organizes these twenty habits into three distinct filters he calls “the 3 Hs”:• Humble: Who am I?• Hungry: Where do I want to go?• Hustle: How will I get there?These attributes, and the habits it takes to create and nourish them, belong to the leader who is willing to work hard, get the task done, and make sure the mission is never about him or her. But becoming an H3 leader goes far beyond learning what all these are. It requires putting them into practice daily.


Life as a Pastor’s Spouse – Solon 10 – Michelle Jernigan.


Being a pastor’s spouse is a great calling and can be a great burden at times. If we’re not careful, we can lose God’s unique calling on our lives as our spouse leads in the Church. Michelle Jernigan will unpack disciples for spouses to stay emotionally healthy while partnering with her husband in ministry and yet pursuing God’s unique calling on her life as a mom and CEO of her Realtor company.


Sexual Identity & the Church – Solon 11 – Caleb Kaltenbach


Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family.  But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.
Few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor & a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage & grace.
Caleb went on to author Messy Grace & shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy.


Mental Health – Solon 12 – Dr. Paul Alexander


Nearly twenty million people in the United States deal with depression but only 1 in 10 seek out help. How do we help our Church’s, let alone our staff and ourselves when we face this issue?  Dr. Paul Alexander is passionate about equipping the Church to engage in such a critical and sensitive topic.


Gamification:  Solon 13 – Beyond Points, Badges & Leaderboards – Yu-kai Chou


The new era of Gamification and Human-Focused Design optimizes for motivation and engagement over traditional Function-Focused Design. Gamification Pioneer Yu-kai Chou and his sixteen years of obsessive research in creating the Octalysis Framework; teach us how to apply the framework to create engaging and successful experiences in our Churches, workplace, marketing, and personal lives.


Yu-Kai is CEO of Octalysis Prime (.com) || Chair of The Octalysis Group || Rated “Gamification Guru of the Year” by World Gamification Congress (2014, 2015) and Gamification Europe (2017) || Regular Lecturer and Keynote Speaker: Stanford, LEGO, TEDx, BCG, Porsche, etc. 


Leading through Transition: Miami Room – Sean Morgan and David Kinnaman (Note: Only offered 1 Time at 1:30 PM)

“We’ll reveal groundbreaking research designed to help NEW Lead Pastors step into the lead role of established churches and lead forward toward a thriving impactful ministry.  We will bring unprecedented, behind-the-scenes insight from hundreds of church transitions.

While books have been written on planning for succession, it is true that most of the church thinks the journey is over when the baton is passed from predecessor to successor…The truth is that the journey has just begun; and, the only way a senior leader transition will be measured as successful, is if the new leader leads the church forward to health and growth.

We know that leading established churches forward is one of the most daunting leadership challenges a church or leader will ever face.  This research brings key learning to a much needed space.  We’ll cover key topics like:

  • The most common issues that present roadblocks and obstacles for new leaders
  • Inheriting the board/elders someone else has appointed or elected
  • Building your executive leadership team
  • How to approach the standard church core and giving base which is usually approaching retirement – just like the outgoing leader pastor”

Faith for Exiles: Miami Room – David Kinnaman (Note: Only offered 1 time at 3:15 PM)

In a series of groundbreaking studies that led to two bestselling books, David Kinnaman and his team at Barna Group uncovered the reasons young people are increasingly resisting and rejecting the church. But the news isn’t all bleak. 

Spire Platform Demonstration: Los Angeles Room – Mark Kitts

The Spire Platform is a radical new way for Leaders to Connect, Collaborate, and share Content within their church and across the Movement. Mark will demonstrate the initial version and share what is coming in the future. You are invited to particpate in the Beta Testing of this new interactive platform.

Rapha House – Cypress Ballroom 1A

4:30 PM – No Programming for balance of the evening – Time for Cohort Meetings, Team Meetings, Fun


5:30 PM – Exhibits Closed



THURSDAY – October 10, 2019


8:00 AM – Exhibits Open – Grand Ballroom and Registration Lobby


9:00 AM – Main Session – The Leader’s Heart – Crystal Ballroom

               Featuring: Justin Miller; Carlos Whitaker; Mindy Caliguire; Jamie Snyder; Dave Stone; Dr John Walker with Dr Charity Byers & Rusty George


1:00 PM – Formal Spire Conference programming ends.


1:30 – 4:30 PM – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Spire Network and Intentional Churches will be hosting a FREE team exercise on how to identify your team’s most important next steps to focus on as God wants to grow your Church.  Turn your learning at Spire into a plan of action for your Church or organization!


3:00 PM – Exhibits Close



** Conference Space is available for Church Teams to schedule follow-up meetings. Space is available on Friday as well. **