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


2:30 PM – Pre-conference Labs to be Announced Soon – Will require a free reservation


5:00 PM – Free for Dinner


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

               Featuring: Levi Lusko; Rick Rusaw; Jodi Hickerson; Ashley Woolridge


8:30 PM – After Party



WEDNESDAY – October 9, 2019


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

               Featuring: Jon Tyson; Caleb Kaltenbach; Melissa Sandal; Oscar Muriu; Matt Merold; 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  –  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 – Mark Montemayor  (Real Life Church).


In this huddle you’ll have the opportunity to pick three unique conversations out of ten different options that each one will last an hour long.  Getting you paired to experts to explore areas you want to grow in is the goal of this huddle.


Worship/Experience/Communications – 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 – 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  – 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 – Nate Bush (New City Church)


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


Next Generation/College Age/Campus Ministry – 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 – 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 – Oscar Muriu


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 – 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  – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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:  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. 


       ***More conversations will be added soon***

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



THURSDAY – October 10, 2019


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

               Featuring: Justin Miller; Carlos Whitaker; Jamie Snyder; Dave Stone; Dr John Walker with Dr Charity Byers


1:00 PM – Formal Spire Conference programming ends.


1:30 – 4:30 PM – 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!



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