EQUIP Conference

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The Equip Mega Conference is a unique experience featuring 14 events with the goal of providing quality leadership training for all aspects of ministry. During this 3-day event, the SBTC pulls together keynote speakers and session leaders who provide valuable encouragement and insight for church leaders. No matter the size of the church, there are solutions for you during the Equip Mega Conference!

Developing a Strategy for Family Ministry in the Church
Developing a Strategy for Family Ministry in the Church (42:55)
How can a church of any size minister to, with and through families? Learn how to develop a family ministry strategy by incorporating innovative ideas into established programs.  more
Equipping Grandparents for Effective Ministry
Equipping Grandparents for Effective Ministry (44:10)
Grandparents play a vital role in the spiritual leadership of a church in thier families. Now, more than ever, the church and the family are looking to the example of grandparents as legacy builders, mentors, guides and disciple-makers. more
Special Needs Ministry Dialogue
Special Needs Ministry Dialogue (47:23)
Do you have questions about special needs ministry? How to begin? How to minister to the whole family? What curriculum? Inclusion or not? Bring your questions and dialogue with others on the best practices for a special needs ministry in y... more
Understanding the Special Needs Family
Understanding the Special Needs Family (42:44)
Everyone in the family of a disabled person is impacted by that disability. Learn what they want you to understand and how they differe from the typical family. more
Ways Preschoolers Learn and Enjoy Learning (Korean)
Ways Preschoolers Learn and Enjoy Learning (Korean) (42:09)
All children are made in the image of God but he didn't make everyone the same. Each one of them is unique and different in many ways. Explore ways preschoolers learn as designed by God. This session will be taught in Korean. more
Panel - Church Security
Panel - Church Security (38:28)
What church security is and is not. more
Brain-Based Basic Training
Brain-Based Basic Training (52:53)
What is the most effective, brain-based type of training we can use with children so that when we teach, they really can hear and obey? What does the Bible say about training? Let’s look at both! more
How We Bring Peace to Our Classroooms and Our Homes
How We Bring Peace to Our Classroooms and Our Homes (43:01)
The Fruit of Peace is sought after by parents and classroom teachers. What can we do to have a peaceful environment in our home/classroom? How can we promote peace between the children? Ultimately, how do we talk about bringing peace with ... more
Sunday Morning Bible Study That Transforms Teenage Hearts
Sunday Morning Bible Study That Transforms Teenage Hearts (46:15)
Saying that teenage transformation requires “Motivation, Examination, and Application” leaves out one vital step; your discovering that step will change the impact of your Bible studies. more
Leading Families, and Not Just Teenagers, To Sexual Purity
Leading Families, and Not Just Teenagers, To Sexual Purity (43:19)
Father and son are looking at porn, mom is flirting online with her high school sweetheart, daughter is sexting to her boyfriend, and grandmother is reading Fifty Shades of Gray—so how will you call entire families to purity? more
Capitalizing on the Major Moments in a Teenager’s Life
Capitalizing on the Major Moments in a Teenager’s Life (49:05)
Lots of church parents who ignore ministry invitations most of the time suddenly become energized at key moments in their teen’s life—such as puberty, getting a driver’s license, graduating, etc.; those are key moments fo... more
Changing the Way Your Church Views Teenagers: From Overgrown Children to Very Young Adults
Changing the Way Your Church Views Teenagers: From Overgrown Children to Very Young Adults (47:21)
A broken culture invented the concept of a nebulous period of marking time called adolescence, but the Bible says children become young adults at puberty; you can influence which view your church embraces. more
Developing and Building your Home Group Ministry
Developing and Building your Home Group Ministry (30:30)
Home group ministry is unlike any other. During this session we will discuss how to grow your home group ministry while making mature disciples.  more
How to Effectively Multiply Your Small Groups
How to Effectively Multiply Your Small Groups (47:07)
One of the best ways to grow your church is to multiply your small groups. Learn the principles and practices that must be in place and utilized if a small group is going to multiply strategically. more
Running an Effective Small Group Meeting
Running an Effective Small Group Meeting (45:20)
At the heart of a small group is an effective small group meeting. Come learn how to host a transformational small group meeting. more
Transitioning a Church to Becoming Disciple-Making Centric
Transitioning a Church to Becoming Disciple-Making Centric (45:21)
Develop a biblical and pragmatic plan to transition your church into a disciple-making church...starting with you. more
A Discipled Man = Impacted Community
A Discipled Man = Impacted Community (52:22)
No man has been saved to sit! Come learn the basics of how discipled men can engage communities. more
Age is Just a Number
Age is Just a Number (48:26)
Learn the common voids men of all ages have and how to fill those and get their attention. No matter the age, there are a few common threads to all! more
Every Man is a Pastor
Every Man is a Pastor (47:26)
This session will teach men how to be the type of pastor whose church he and his family would want to join. more
Men are the Best Billboards
Men are the Best Billboards (50:29)
There's no better marketing strategy to grow a ministry than discipled men! Come learn how and why. more
Leadership Enlistment in the Local Church
Leadership Enlistment in the Local Church (05:16)
Dillard Willbanks discusses the challenges of enlisting volunteers and leadership in churches.   more
A Teacher's Tool
A Teacher's Tool (46:34)
There are different tools that teachers need to have in their toolbox in order to communicate the significance of what they are trying to share.  Jeff Young teaches at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
Life Changing Bible Study
Life Changing Bible Study (50:33)
Jack Terry's philosophy of teaching is to help people come to learn better what they already know.  At the 2014 EQUIP Conference, this session looks to help teachers improve what they are already doing.   more
EQUIP 2017 General Session - Keynote Speaker
EQUIP 2017 General Session - Keynote Speaker (45:44)
EQUIP 2017 General Session led by Dr. David Fleming, Senior Pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX. more
Reaching Millennials Discussion Panel
Reaching Millennials Discussion Panel (28:32)
Panel Discussion (hosted by Lance Crowell, SBTC Family Ministry Associate) on reaching millennials in the church. more
Can Preschoolers Learn in Large Group
Can Preschoolers Learn in Large Group (56:23)
Landry Holmes states in this session that teaching preschoolers in a large group setting can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Discover what to do and what not to do in order to have a successful large group experience with preschoolers. more
Simple Easy Ways To Get Your Preteens to Love Church
Simple Easy Ways To Get Your Preteens to Love Church (43:18)
Stephanie Chase leads this session on preteens. Do you believe your preteens are the church of tomorrow or the church of today? For every preteen who has given his or her life to Jesus, he or she plays a valuable role in the church today! ... more
Bible Study that Transforms Teenagers
Bible Study that Transforms Teenagers (39:02)
Steven Morris instructs how we can teach students the Bible in a creative way which changes their lives. more
Help, I am a Youth Teacher
Help, I am a Youth Teacher (47:22)
Richard Ross instructs how to prepare, organize a lesson and teach to bring transformation to the lives of students. more
The Untapped Opportunity: Special Needs Families
The Untapped Opportunity: Special Needs Families (44:00)
Daniel Williams focuses this session on Luke 5, the story of a disabled man whose friends tore the roof apart to bring their friend to Jesus. Is your church doing the same? Learn how you can meet the unique needs of this community. more
The Key Practices of Family Ministry, Part 1
The Key Practices of Family Ministry, Part 1 (33:00)
David Upchurch focuses on what spiritually successful families do. Explore the Biblical basis of some simple practices families can begin to do this week. Learn ways to resource these practices and move toward some accountability. more
The Secret Sauce of a NextGen Ministry
The Secret Sauce of a NextGen Ministry (36:57)
Doug Bischoff leads this session on NextGen Ministry. What makes NextGen work and does your church need it? Learn the benefits of this new structure for ministering to babies through high school. more
Reaching Young Couples in Today’s Culture
Reaching Young Couples in Today’s Culture (47:38)
In this session, Caleb Turner asks "What does it take to reach young married couples for Jesus? What are they looking for and what are they want in church and Sunday School?" more
Engaging Multigenerational Groups of Men
Engaging Multigenerational Groups of Men (43:06)
Denny Autrey discusses God's plan for transferring truths from one generation to the next - The study of the "Shema". more
Handling Disruptions
Handling Disruptions (28:06)
Mike Gurley and Harvey Letcher show you how to peacefully and with the least disturbance handle people who want to disrupt. more
Growing your Small Church
Growing your Small Church (42:03)
Averri LeMalle gives you practical ways of helping your church reach the lost and prospects. more
Keeping the Focus of the Church on Reaching the Lost
Keeping the Focus of the Church on Reaching the Lost (42:18)
Olus Holder answers the question on how do you determine which programs are the best for reaching the "lost" people of your community? more
Seeing Through the Eyes of a Guest
Seeing Through the Eyes of a Guest (53:35)
Buddy Griffin discusses what it is like to be a guest at your church. What is your system for following up with your visitors? How are you doing? Don't kid yourself...it really matters and has eternal consequences. more
Rolling Out the Red Carpet
Rolling Out the Red Carpet (46:11)
Wes Holloman teaches that churches want guest (and Members) to feel important and valued. Look how the simple formula of LOOK + WORD + TOUCH = VIP will transform the way your church trains and develops the Welcome Team. more
Character over Charisma
Character over Charisma (44:23)
Leah Holder asks "how many times have we seen great leaders in ministry fall due to a lack of integrity?" We must let God lead all areas of our lives before we can effectively lead others. Discussion on the importance of our personal integ... more
Siendo Hombres de Impacto
Siendo Hombres de Impacto (36:25)
Marcos Ramos; Un llamado a lost hombres para ser lideres espirituales en todo aspecto de su vida. Esta transformacion ocurre al meditar y poner en practica a diario las preciosas verdades de la Biblia. more
How to Survive the Long Haul
How to Survive the Long Haul (51:11)
John Bisagno says that in all seminaries only 1 in 5 seminary students are still in the ministry 8 years after graduating.  At the 2014 EQUIP Conference, he shares how pastors and ministers can can not only survive, but thrive in the ... more
Overview of Church Security
Overview of Church Security (49:53)
Mike Gurley and Harvey Letcher present this session about what church security is and is not. more
How to get a Church Security Ministry Started
How to get a Church Security Ministry Started (43:53)
Mike Gurley and Harvey Letcher present this session on how to start a church security ministry. more
Siendo Líderes Efectivos
Siendo Líderes Efectivos (53:39)
Nothing New Under the Sun
Nothing New Under the Sun (40:46)
Bryan Gilmore leads the session on how to build a ministry that accepts the Samaritan Woman, Paul, Ruth, etc. (Single Adults). more
Getting your Worship Service Online
Getting your Worship Service Online (38:08)
Will Schaefer leads this session discussing methods for streaming worship services online. Learn the basics of how to get your worship services and sermons online. more
Sound Mixing for Worship Services
Sound Mixing for Worship Services (40:48)
Will Schaefer leads this session about mixing sound for worship services. Learn ideas, basic to complex, about setting up and mixing sound for worship. more
What Should a Preteen Ministry Look Like?
What Should a Preteen Ministry Look Like? (40:13)
Shay Caldwell teaches this session about preteen ministry tools. Ask any preteen and they will tell you “we are not kids anymore.” Most preteens want to be treated like they are teenagers, but they are not developmentally ready... more
I’m Just Starting a Discipleship Ministry in My Church. What Now?
I’m Just Starting a Discipleship Ministry in My Church. What Now? (25:43)
Josh Allen teaches about discipleship ministries. If you have ever been at the beginning and asked yourself, what do I do first? This session is for you. We will look at the necessary first steps to take, whether it’s your first day ... more
5 Nuggets that Every Pastor Needs to Know
5 Nuggets that Every Pastor Needs to Know (43:07)
Jimmy Draper shares lessons learned along the way of serving at First Southern Del City, First Dallas, First Euless and Lifeway. more
The Art of Building Good Relationships with Your Members and Staff
The Art of Building Good Relationships with Your Members and Staff (39:30)
Jimmy Draper teaches about the role of the pastor in discipling men and growing lay leaders. more
Boys! Boys! Boys!
Boys! Boys! Boys! (47:59)
Peggy Osborne leads this session that examines why are boys struggling so much in school? Why are boys often a discipline challenge? Is there something we can do to meet the educational, spiritual, and emotional needs of boys both at home ... more
Beyond Comfortable
Beyond Comfortable (30:49)
Nancy Turner leads this session about how being rooted and grounded in Christ’s love will strengthen us to move out of our comfort zones as we serve in a shifting culture. more
Leading Women to Become Disciples Who are Making Disciples
Leading Women to Become Disciples Who are Making Disciples (51:11)
"As you live, so shall you lead."  Sheila West teaches on discipling women at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
Measuring Church Growth According to God's Standards
Measuring Church Growth According to God's Standards (12:17)
Church growth is not always a clear subject, Barry Jeffries looks to define church growth and clear up some common misunderstandings in this one-on-one session. more
The Meaning of Disciple, Discipleship and Disciple-making
The Meaning of Disciple, Discipleship and Disciple-making (05:33)
Chris Shirley believes we will never be able to truly make an impact in our churches with discipleship until we come to a common agreement on defining discipleship. more
Equipping Men as Leaders
Equipping Men as Leaders (04:27)
Chris Shirley discusses men's ministry and challenges those ministries to help undergird the role that men have been given by God. more
Encouragement for Shepherds
Encouragement for Shepherds (03:31)
Shepherds can be discouraged by many things. Dante Wright looks to provide encouragement for the shepherds of our churches. more
Racial Reconciliation: Making Sense of Nonsense
Racial Reconciliation: Making Sense of Nonsense (03:12)
We life in a fallen and sin-filled world, how do we make sense out of the nonsense that happens in this world? more
Teaching for Transformation
Teaching for Transformation (04:34)
Scripture shows a process of transformation, maturing and growing: How do we as a teacher teach for this transformation? more
Biblical Church Growth
Biblical Church Growth (05:05)
What does biblical church growth look like? Rodney Brown takes us to Scripture to see what it says is genuine growth. more
Small Groups | Dillard Wilbanks
Small Groups | Dillard Wilbanks (04:25)
Dillard Wilbanks envisions sunday school classes and small groups as a processing plant for tranformation and maturation. more
Reaching Our Potential
Reaching Our Potential (43:09)
Jeff Young teaches this session on how all adult classes can reach more people? (All Adult Leaders) more
Mujeres Buscando a Dios
Mujeres Buscando a Dios (30:41)
Desarrollando un Plan de Discipulado Eficaz
Desarrollando un Plan de Discipulado Eficaz (40:11)
Your Child and
Your Child and "The Screen" (40:38)
Curtis James teaches this session focused on how movies, Youtube, TV and video games impact children. How can parents develop a healthy approach to managing them in a positive, Scriptural way. more
Special Needs 101
Special Needs 101 (38:19)
Bobette Gore teaches this session that gives participants an introduction and identification to placement of special needs students. Ideas for working with behaviors, abilities and communication in the Sunday School classroom. more
Organizing Your Class to Minister
Organizing Your Class to Minister (56:16)
This session, taught by Jack Terry, helps you discover how to get your class ministering to each other rather than depending on the teacher to do it all. more
Jimmy Draper Keynote
Jimmy Draper Keynote (29:35)
Jimmy Draper delivers the keynote session at the Equip Conference more
5 Things Every Pastor Should Know
5 Things Every Pastor Should Know (53:40)
While John Bisagno could have listed hundreds of things every pastor should know, he narrows it down 5 of the most important things at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
Basic Church Branding
Basic Church Branding (8:49)
Chris Enright discusses basic church branding. more
How to Use Facebook to Supplement the Communication of your Sunday School, Small Group, or Ministry in your Church
How to Use Facebook to Supplement the Communication of your Sunday School, Small Group, or Ministry in your Church (07:11)
Chris Enright discusses how to use Facebook to supplement the communication of your Sunday School, Small Group, or ministry in your church. more
Growth Groups
Growth Groups (47:13)
Carter Shotwell walks through a hybrid model of Sunday School that has on campus groups and off campus groups that attach to those Sunday School groups at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
The Myth of Adolescence
The Myth of Adolescence (48:50)
Guidelines to help youth become discipled and able to stand strong in this generation for Christ. more
Developing a Culture of Discipleship in Your Church
Developing a Culture of Discipleship in Your Church (41:44)
This session will help your church create a new culture that focuses on making discipes and not just converts. Click here for more information about Legacy Milestones more
Mobilizing For His Glory - part 1
Mobilizing For His Glory - part 1 (56:16)
Mobilizing For His Glory - part 2
Mobilizing For His Glory - part 2 (56:16)
Panel | For Pastors Only
Panel | For Pastors Only (45:25)
Questions and answers from three giants in the pastorate.   Panel: John Bisagno, Ken Hemphill, and Terry Turner. Hosted by Scott Maze.  more
Pastor's Luncheon Panel
Pastor's Luncheon Panel (34:46)
Panel: John Bisagno, Ken Hemphill, and Terry Turner. Hosted by Scott Maze.  more
The Making of a Leader
The Making of a Leader (31:44)
Steps to help Christians move to maturity, service and then to multiplication more
Women's Leadership Challenge | Leah Holder
Women's Leadership Challenge | Leah Holder (26:54)
Helping Men Be Husbands and Fathers
Helping Men Be Husbands and Fathers (39:50)
Scott Maze leads this session focused on the primary place to display the Gospel is at home. How can men lead their families with kindness and strength? more
Reaching Adults 55+ for Christ
Reaching Adults 55+ for Christ (41:09)
Friendships made at church are often the most meaningful relationships in a senior adults life.  Billy Barnes discusses how to reach adults 55+ at the 2014 EQUIP Conference.   more
Effective Life-Changing Transformational Bible Teaching
Effective Life-Changing Transformational Bible Teaching (29:24)
Ron Pratt gives a formula for effective, life-changing, transformational, Bible teaching. more
Effective Church Websites
Effective Church Websites (19:16)
Chris Enright discusses effective church websites at the 2013 EQUIP Conference more
Best Financial Practices
Best Financial Practices (47:45)
Gary Waller discusses the best financial practices at the 2013 EQUIP conference.  more
How do Values Impact Life Changing Bible Study?
How do Values Impact Life Changing Bible Study? (21:19)
Ron Pratt discusses how values impact life changing Bible study at the 2013 EQUIP Conference more
Seeing the Teacher as the Spiritual Leader of the Class
Seeing the Teacher as the Spiritual Leader of the Class (43:26)
Ben Pritchett discusses seeing the teacher as the spiritual leader of the class at the 2013 EQUIP Conference more
Creating A Stewardship Culture in Your Church
Creating A Stewardship Culture in Your Church (50:28)
John Morgan, Pastor of Sagemont Baptist Church, Houston, talks about creating a stewardship culture in your church. more
Small Groups
Small Groups (20:54)
Understanding how to help churches reach and connect with their people is a key component of any church ministry. One way this is accomplished is through the small group ministry of the church. In this sessions Alan will give some insight ... more
Sermon Based Small Groups
Sermon Based Small Groups (17:27)
Alan Stoddard discusses sermon-based small groups at the 2013 EQUIP conference more
Preparing for a Visit From a Special Needs Student
Preparing for a Visit From a Special Needs Student (31:48)
Carlton McDaniel Jr. discusses preparing for a visit from a special needs student. more
Sunday School Hasn't Quit Working
Sunday School Hasn't Quit Working (47:03)
Sunday School is not a program.  In order to be effective, Sunday School has to be HOW you do church.  Carter Shotwell discusses and argues for a life group model of Sunday School at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
Women's Leadership Challenge | Shirley Moses
Women's Leadership Challenge | Shirley Moses (41:36)
Women's Leadership Challenge | Tia Johnson
Women's Leadership Challenge | Tia Johnson (7:12)
Being a Real Man in Today's Culture
Being a Real Man in Today's Culture (36:25)
WARNING: CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT FOR MEN more
Being a Real Man in the Home
Being a Real Man in the Home (21:07)
WARNING: CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT FOR MEN more
Sugar and Spice vs. Snips and Snails
Sugar and Spice vs. Snips and Snails (48:13)
Cindy Leach, the Executive Director at KiDs Beach Club, discusses the differences between teaching boys and teaching girls at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
Overcoming Obstacles
Overcoming Obstacles (41:01)
Leaders in the church need to be trained to handle the obstacles that commonly hinder growth of home groups, small groups or childcare.  Drew Tucker shares how to address some of these common obstacles at the 2014 EQUIP Conference.  more
Leading Kids to Christ Without Bruising the Fruit
Leading Kids to Christ Without Bruising the Fruit (40:50)
Jack Terrell, President of KiDs Beach Club, addresses the question of when a child is ready for conversion at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. This session walks through leading a child to Christ. more
A Teacher's Heart
A Teacher's Heart (36:09)
A key element in teaching is a teacher's heart. When the heart is working right, a teacher is more effective as a communicator and is focused more on the will of God.  Jeff Young emphasizes these elements in a session at the 2014 EQUI... more
Guiding Behavior in Kids
Guiding Behavior in Kids (48:28)
Jerry Vogel discusses how to guide the behavior problems that are common it today's children's ministries at the 2014 EQUIP Conference. more
Home and Church: Creating a Powerful Partnership
Home and Church: Creating a Powerful Partnership (48:46)
Training the children in the modern age has been outsourced to the church. Jim Dempsey calls for the parents to be the primary Biblical and spiritual traininers of the home at the 2014 Equip Conference.   more
Being a Real Man of Impact
Being a Real Man of Impact (44:05)
WARNING: CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT FOR MEN more
Ideas for Fun with Adults 55+
Ideas for Fun with Adults 55+
Practical tips for planning fun events and programs for adults 55 or older. more
Are Single Adults Reachable?
Are Single Adults Reachable? (45:47)
Today's single adult population is growing and increasingly unreached by the church. more
The Three Phases of Eve
The Three Phases of Eve (50:18)
An in-depth look into the three phases of Eve's life: her sin, sorrow and salvation. more
The Key to Spiritual Renewal and Growth
The Key to Spiritual Renewal and Growth (46:42)
Looking back to the major spiritual renewals in history and finding the key element. more
Preteens: Serving in a
Preteens: Serving in a "Selfie" World (40:37)
In a world causing our kids to grow up at a much younger age than ever before, upper elementary/lower middle school kids often get lost in the transition.  Discover why it's important for your church to specialize in ministry for this... more
5 Steps for Personal Change and Growth
5 Steps for Personal Change and Growth (8:45)
A look at 5 areas in your life where more or less emphasis can be placed in order to grow and change. more
How to Connect With High Capacity Givers
How to Connect With High Capacity Givers (9:14)
Jim Baker reflects on encounters with high capacity givers he has had over the years, and what he has learned from those encounters.   sacredstructures.org more
The Jesus Rhythm of Soul Care
The Jesus Rhythm of Soul Care (9:23)
Jesus followed a distinct pattern when he sought solitude.  Jim Baker takes a look at that pattern and how it can be applied to our lives.   more
Cultivating a Culture of Prayer in the Local Church
Cultivating a Culture of Prayer in the Local Church (35:50)
Practical steps in developing a culture of prayer in the church today. more
Enseñando Bíblicamente
Enseñando Bíblicamente (46:24)
Biblical Teaching more
¿Cómo Iniciar un Ministerio de Mentoría?
¿Cómo Iniciar un Ministerio de Mentoría? (50:09)
How to start a mentoring ministry more
How to do a Family Devotion
How to do a Family Devotion (41:22)
Parents need to do spiritual training at home and not simply drop kids off at church for them to recieve that training. Jim Dempsey claims at the 2014 Equip Conference that spiritual training at home is key. more
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