It’s not too late to register for the all-virtual 2020 Spire Conference, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday. A great lineup of speakers is scheduled to participate.
And as a bonus, you can forgo paying the $19.95 conference registration fee if you download Spire’s app from Apple’s App Store or from Google Play. More information is available at Spire’s website.
The coronavirus impacted this year’s conference—as it seemingly has affected everything else—forcing it to transition from an in-person, three-day gathering to a virtual, one-day gathering.
Spire CEO Rick Rusaw called the change in plans due to the virus “an opportunity to say, ‘How do we engage with leaders?’ ‘What’s the best way that we can bring some of the best and brightest voices to the table to talk about what we’re facing right now?’”
To that end, Spire has planned a day packed with speakers, helpful information, and worship—but with three breaks built in. Leaders can watch from the privacy of their office or—even better—with their church staff.
“Last year at our live event we were able to talk about the leader’s heart, challenges, and team,” Rusaw said. “And this year we’re going to be talking about ‘The Advancing Leader.’ And I don’t think there’s a more challenging time for us to be addressing that issue than right now.”
The first general session begins at 11 a.m. Speakers will include Dave Dummit (“Turning Up Evangelistic Temperature of Your Church”), Jordan Rice (“Building a Team in a Difficult Environment”), Kadi Cole (“Developing Female Leaders”), and Jerry Harris (“Wreck the Rural Roof”).
The 12:30 p.m. general session will include Carey Nieuwhof (“The Future of the Church after COVID”), Nate Ross interviewing Efrem Smith (“Being a Multi-Ethnic Church”), and Gene Appel anchoring as Steven Kay and Landon Pickering discuss “Our Church Is Stuck, Now What?” Also, Ben Cachiaras will anchor as Carl Kuhl, Chris Moerman, and Cam Huxford discuss “Approaching an Election.” A guest worship artist also is planned during this session.
The 2:15 p.m. general session lineup will include Tyler McKenzie (“The Leader’s Heart for Your City”), Julie Bullock (“The Leader’s Heart for Generosity”), Greg Lee (“The Leader’s Heart for Church Planting/Multiplication”), Ashley Weece (“The Leader’s Heart for the Future”), Nate Ross (“The Leader’s Heart for Spiritual Formation”), and Dave Stone interviewing Dallas Jenkins (“Storytelling”).
The final general session starts at 3:25 p.m. and will include a guest worship artist and Kyle Idleman speaking about “The Leader’s Heart for Moving Forward.”
“I hope [this] will be a chance to spend a few hours just connecting, hearing, grabbing some best practices, and talking about what it means to advance the kingdom in our places,” Rusaw said.
And block out your calendar for next year, when Spire is slated to resume with an in-person gathering Sept. 14-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.