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Due to social distancing impacting gatherings in small spaces, the SBTC Church Ministries leadership has determined to make EQUIP, the convention’s major church training event, virtual this year. The conference, this year known as the EQUIP Online Conference, was originally scheduled to meet on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The training will be live using an online event portal.

Mark Yoakum, director of Church Ministries, said, “Our date and schedule for the day will be the same. We see some opportunities to expand the reach of the training since people will not have to travel to participate; churches from all over Texas will be able to join us. We hope we’ll even get some participants from other states since it’s more easily accessible.” 

The online conference will begin with a 9:00 plenary session and then move to breakouts at 10:00, 10:45, 12:30 and 1:15. Panel discussions will take place during the 11:30-12:30 lunch break. The conference features 280 breakouts and 88 expert presenters. Last year’s conference drew 2,555 registrants. A detailed schedule, instructions for accessing the online conference and registration will be available at Call 817.552.2500 and ask for Church Ministries for more information.