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Schedule and Registration Information

Becoming Kingdom Influencers

2024 National Church Development Conference


Meeting Location

Celebration Community Church
501 Celebration Place
Celebration, FL 34747
(407) 494-4644

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration - $125 (valid through April 1, 2024)
Regular Registration - $200 (after April 1, 2023)
Tuesday One-day Registration - $90
Registration Deadline is April 15, 2024 ~ No Refunds After April 25, 2023

Registration at the Door - $200 (No Meals Included)

Airports & Transportation

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is approximately 30 minutes from our venue. All major airlines fly into MCO, with many direct flights by Delta, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, and United. Rental cars are available on-site at all terminals. For those who will not be renting, the Summit will provide scheduled roundtrip transportation to and from the airport for $50 per person. Be sure to fill in your flight information and request the ride when you register.

Sanford-Orlando International Airport (SFB) is approximately an hour from our venue as another alternative. SFB is served by Allegiant. We will not be providing transportation from SFB.

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Calypso Cay Resort
5001 Calypso Cay Way
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 997-1400 - Ask for our discount code: NEHEMIAH SUMMIT
Or you can follow this link for our special Summit rates: CLICK HERE

Our accommodations are at the tropical Calypso Cay Resort in the shadow of Walt Disney World. This property is one of the best in the area and is designed with family adventure in mind. The resort has three pools, two hot tubs, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line, mini golf, a tiki bar, restaurant, FREE hot breakfast, FREE parking, FREE shuttle to and from Disney, and they have blessed our group by waiving their resort fee!  All of this is INCLUDED in the incredible nightly rate of only $114 plus tax! And they are extending this special Summit rate three days before and after the Summit so that families can make it a vacation.

Just over a mile from our Church venue, Calypso Cay is close to many restaurants and shops and is centrally located to all of Orlando's great theme parks and museums.


Breakfast is provided by the hotel for hotel guests.
Monday's dinner, Tuesday's lunch and dinner, and Wednesday's lunch are provided for in the registration fees and served at the church.

practicum day at epcot

(Additional Registration and EPCOT Day Ticket Required)


This year, we are excited to announce an extra blessing! We have arranged a special practicum day with Steven Barr and John Kimball at EPCOT!

Many of the international cast member relationships Steven and Lucía Barr have made began around the World Showcase at EPCOT. One of the things Steven loves best is taking groups like ours into his "world" to experience what he does for Jesus' kingdom. Participants in this special day will have the opportunity to practice some of what they have learned in this year's Summit - holding strategic conversations, sharing stories, asking well-planned questions, gaining fresh perspectives, and learning innovative discipling tools developed in Cast Member Church -- all in Steven's ministry context!

The day will begin at Park Open (usually 9:00am) and will include digital materials and instructions from Steven for an incredible day of learning and ministry. There will be a lot to experience, including two meals together, and then you'll be turned loose to enjoy EPCOT after supper.




MONDAY, APRIL 295:00pmRegistration1
7:00pmPlenary Session One1.2
Welcome from Ron Hamilton, CCCC Conference Minister1.3
TUESDAY, APRIL 309:00amPlenary Session Two3
10:30amCoffee and Conversations3.1
10:45amBreakouts (See Below)3.2
12:00pmLunch Together (Provided by TBD)3.3
1:30pmPlenary Session Three3.4
3:00pmCoffee and Conversations3.5
3:30pmRoundtable Discussion3.6
5:30pmDinner Together (Provided by TBD)3.7
7:00pmPlenary Session Four3.8
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19:00amPlenary Session Five5
10:30amCoffee and Conversations5.1
11:00amLunch (Provided by TBD)5.2
GOD TRUSTS YOU (Overcoming the Fear of Failing) - John Kimball1.4
KINGDOM INFLUENCE (Revealing Jesus in a Skeptical and Suspicious World) - Steven Barr3.01
KINGDOM INFLUENCE (Confronting the Enemy Within) - Steven Barr3.41
KINGDOM INFLUENCE (Keep Moving Forward) - Steven Barr3.81
RADICAL DISCIPLESHIP (Reaching Skeptical Youth) - Josiah Kimball5.01
5:30pmDinner Together (Provided by TBD)1.1
Closing Thoughts - John Kimball & Ron Hamilton5.02
9:00amDay begins at Park Open. Day includes both lunch and dinner together.7.1
6:00pmPlanned activities finished with dinner. Free time to enjoy EPCOT until Park Close at 9:00pm7.2


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Steven L. Barr
Keynote Speaker and Executive Director of Cast Member Church, Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando FL
Having planted a unique expression of Jesus' Church in one of the most challenging communities, Walt Disney World, Steven L. Barr has learned how to effectively share the love and gospel of Jesus among very suspicious and skeptical people. Steven is also a nationally recognized speaker, having spoken at Conferences around the country.

Steven and Lucía Barr are currently working with a team to establish a Cast Member Church presence among the cast members of Disneyland Paris.

John Kimball
Director of Church Development,
The Nehemiah Summit
Lead Pastor of Palmwood Church, Oviedo FL
Celebrating 36 years of pastoral ministry covering both local church and denominational contexts, John has worked with over 200 churches across the country in church development, revitalization, biblical peacemaking and disciple making to help them increase their kingdom focus and fruit.

John also serves as the Chaplain for the Oviedo YMCA, where he ministers among people from all walks of life. Palmwood Church is preparing to plant their first daughter church in the Titusville YMCA on Florida's Space Coast.
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Josiah Kimball
Program Director, JSAW
Minneapolis MN
Growing up on a skateboard led Josiah into many different relationships. Little did he know that God was using those experiences to form him into a missionary to the action sports community. JSAW (Jesus-Snow-Asphalt-Water) exists to transform action sports culture through disciple-making. Most of those Josiah meets have no connection with Jesus or the Church. Overseeing programming for the ministry, Josiah skates, snowboards, mentors, speaks at conferences, leads bible studies and outreaches, and takes small groups on ministry trips around the world. Josiah also trains others on how to disciple riders through JSAW's programs.


Breakout sessions are designed to provide practical help on specific topics related to this year's Summit. Detailed descriptions and notes for each offering will be provided in the Nehemiah Summit Booklet, available at the registration table. We have also added a Roundtable Discussion to this year's schedule for further interaction with our practitioners.

Breakout Sessions

  • Reaching Your Specific Harvest Field's Diversity - Todd Venman
    Using specific demographic data from our partners at MissionInsite, this breakout will help participants see their REAL harvest field, recommended ministries to reach them, and look for commonalities in the room to help them more effectively reach their communities.
  • Making Real Disciples of Youth - Josiah Kimball
    Discussing the uniqueness of reaching today's youth with urban and suburban examples, this breakout provides insights to help local church leaders more effectively connect with younger Millennials and GenZ.
  • No Going Back - Ed Enstine
    Responding to the dire need to move forward and realize that we cannot and should not try to recreate the pre-COVID Church, this breakout helps churches strategize fresh ways to reach people in today's very different world.
  • Church Without a Steeple - John Kimball
    Expressing the critical need to get outside the walls of our churches and do ministry in the marketplace to reach people who will NOT come to events and programs in the church building, this breakout uses the speaker's experience of starting a church in a mall, and now doing fruitful ministry embedded in a YMCA to help participants catch a vision for ministry in "third places." 

Roundtable Discussion

Participants have asked for more interaction with our Keynote Speaker and Church Development Team. This roundtable discussion is designed for just that purpose. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about real-life applications of the topics in this year's Summit.