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 – 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


1:30 PM to 2:45 PM – Cypress Ballroom 1A – RePOSITION: 5 Strategic NT Shifts toward Church Health & Growth – David Vaughan and Dan Garrett with the Center for Church Leadership


3:00 PM to 4:15 PM – Leadership with Levi Lusko – Cypress Ballroom 1A


5:00 PM – Free for Dinner


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

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


A Note about Worship: There will be worship experiences during each main session of the conference featuring the Worship Team from Eastside Christian Church, a multi-site church based in Anaheim, California.


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 – Crystal Ballroom

               Featuring: Jon Tyson; Caleb Kaltenbach; Melissa Sandal; Oscar Muriu; Matt Merold; Yu-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


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

 – Breaking 200 – Brian Combs, Northside Christian Church

– Breaking 800 – Darrel Land, Redemption Christian Church

– Multisite – Jerry Harris, The Crossing & Bo Chancy, Manchester Christian Church

– Fully Funded – Dave Dummitt, 242 Community Church

– Healthy Elder/Sr. Pastor Relationship – Don Wilson & Mike Nave 

– Church Planting Church – Nate Bush, New City Church 


Executive Pastors – Crystal Side Salon K & L – Mark Montemayor  (Real Life Church) with Facilitators Tim Winters (Shepherd Church), Bill Brown (Parkview Christian Church), Melissa Sandel (Westside Christian Church), and Jeremy Hoff (Shepherd 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) – with Kem Meyer (Communications) and Jeff Sandstrom (Production)


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 Assimilation Pastors in the country while sitting at a table with Church’s that are in your setting.


Next Generation/College Age/Campus Ministry/Children’s Ministry – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Jon McCallon (Southeast Christian Church) with Mike Branton (Sun Valley Community Church) and Michael Chanley (Northside Christian Church Children’s Ministry)


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 – Cypress Ballroom 1A – 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 – Crystal Ballroom Side Salon M  – 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  – Grand Ballroom Side Salon 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.


Finding your Voice as a Pastor’s Spouse – Grand Ballroom Side Salon 10 – Michelle Jernigan and Lisa Jernigan


Ever wonder how to fully live in your giftedness with your spouse being in the spotlight? You are not alone! One of the most powerful realizations we can have (especially when married to someone in ministry) is to discover the unique gifts and talents that God gave to us. Michelle Jernigan and Lisa Jernigan will share their perspectives from two different generations and lead this honest discussion about how our calling doesn’t end with being a spouse.

Michelle lives in Portland, Oregon where her husband serves as the Lead Pastor of Abundant Life Church. She is a mom of five little kids and runs real estate businesses in Oregon and Arizona. Lisa lives in Mesa, Arizona where her husband serves as the Lead Pastor of Central Christian Church. Lisa has been doing ministry for over four decades and recently founded a non-profit called Amplify Peace where she travels the world leading others to discover how to be modern-day peacemakers.


Sexual Identity & the Church – Grand Ballroom Side Salon 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 – Grand Ballroom Side Salon 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:  Grand Ballroom Side Salon 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.


Preaching to Today’s Culture – Grand Ballroom Side Salon 14 – Jon Tyson (Church of the City)

Speaking & engaging with our culture, especially as pastors, is one of the toughest things to keep up with. Jon Tyson preaches & leads Church of The City in New York City & speaks to a culture that’s made up of almost every worldview available. In this breakout you’ll find out how Jon navigates the waters of culture to connect & proclaim the power & promise of Jesus. 


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 Engagement App Demonstration: Crystal Ballroom Side Salons C & D – Mark Kitts

The Spire Engagement App is a radical new way for Leaders to Connect, Collaborate, and share Content with other church leaders.  The app is being launched at the Spire Conference, so you are invited to be the first to see this new interactive platform.  Network leaders, come find out how you can expand your organization through exciting new ways.  Mark will demonstrate the initial version and share what is coming in the future. 

Culture of Care – Crystal Ballroom Side Salon N – Robin D. Blair PhD, Aftercare Director, Rapha International

Developing a Trauma Informed Approach to Child Abuse Prevention and Response Within Our Churches. Conservative estimates suggest 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse. Likely, 20% of your congregation is already living and coping with this particular trauma, and 20% of your youth are currently at risk of experiencing this trauma. How will your church respond to those who are hurting in this way? How will your church be part of the solution rather than part of the problem? This workshop provides information about the vulnerabilities present in many churches, and the ways in which you can mitigate these risks. Join us to learn how to create a Culture of Care in your church in order to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. 

Data Driven Decision Making: Crystal Ballroom Side Salons A & B – Matt Smay (Gloo) and Devon Kline (Gloo)

From ancient astronomers who tracked the position of planets to mathematicians who developed the first calendars, data-informed decision making has been a valued practice throughout history. We’ve come a long way from tally marks and etchings, and now data plays a bigger role than ever in our lives.

During this 75 minute breakout session you’ll learn how churches can apply data across their ministry strategy to guide more people towards lifelong journeys of spiritual growth.

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


1:15 – 3:15 PM – Spire Now: Take the Impact Home – Cypress Ballroom 1A – Join Intentional Churches and the Spire Network immediately following the final Spire session for lunch and a customized panel discussion with Dave Stone, Gene Appel, and Aaron Brockett. The focus will be on taking Spire’s lessons back to your church for immediate action. Bring your team and your next-level questions. It’s the perfect way to end and incredible week and ensure Spire makes a difference at your church. Lunch included. Sign-up is required to make sure you have a light lunch available. Click Here to Reserve your Space

3:15 PM – Formal Spire Conference programming ends.


3:15 PM – Exhibits Close



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

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