2018 Equip Conference Breakout Schedule



9:15 PM

Sal 1/2                    Jimmy Adcox         Restoring the Lost Art of Disciple-Making

Sig 1                        Jerry Rushford      Faith & Reason: A History of Christian Colleges in the Restoration Movement

Beginning with Alexander Campbell's Bethany College in 1840, this illustrated presentation tells the stories of some of the 500 colleges established in North America by the Restoration Movement.


9 AM

Sal 11/12                James Moore             Surviving the Death of a Spouse With Dementia, Part 1

When the doctor tells you that your spouse has a terminal illness your world turns upside down. You experience shock, fear,  sadness, anger, and overwhelming emotion. What do I do now? Where do I turn? How long before she/he is bedfast? Nursing home? What will it cost? As you watch your loved one slowly decline, the hurt runs deep and emotions are up and down.  The caretaker has a heavy load, but God walks with you. Faith, family and friends help you through it. 

10 AM

Sal 1/2                    Robert Cox            Disciple-Making Begins at Hello

The Great Commission should change a disciple’s view of relationships.  At the heart of every relationship whether new and surface or old and deep is our awareness of a grand now and forever purpose.  From the first "Hello," we are aware of needs that our new acquaintance is not. As followers of Christ, we know that our new friend needs Jesus. We believe that they need Him because they could die tonight, or more likely, that they will have to live tomorrow.  We know that the abundant life God wants to give them really can begin with our "Hello."  This session is designed to help move you from casual hellos to life-changing ones. 

Sal 13                     Kay Gowan            Seniors Ministry

Sal 14                     Mike O’Neal          Provoked by a Fool

This session will investigate the story of when Nabal foolhardily berated David and his men, while they endeavored to elude Saul.  We will specifically look at why David responded in such a harsh way, and how he was turned away from murder by perhaps the most eloquent and wise woman in all of God’s Word.  All of us will encounter the Nabal’s of this world, so what does God expect us to do on such occasions?  Spiritual dangers exist in such confrontations; so let’s understand how to develop our hearts appropriately.

Sal 15/16               Julie Young            Ladies #1

Sal 17/18               James Moore        Understanding Islam #1

In order to "Equip" ourselves about Islam and Muslims, we need to know who they are, what they believe and teach, and how can we effectively share the gospel with them. This 3-part series on "Understanding Islam" will be informative, inspirational and easy to understand. Some of the topics will be: What is Islam? Who is Allah? Why is Islam the fastest growing religion in the world? Do all Muslins believe the same thing? What is Jihad and ISIS? I hear Islam is a religion of peace...how can that be? What is the ultimate goal of Islam? How can I share my faith with a Muslim? Will they listen? Each session will include a Q & A period.

 Ball D                      Joe Roberts           Navigating Life’s Challenges

Have you ever noticed the seemingly endless conflict between nations, races, political parties, genders, generations, religions, friends, family and even within ourselves? Jesus calls us to live beyond the noise of conflict and challenges of life to embrace a new life.

 Ball E                       Steve Ridgell         Stories That Work

Stories are a natural and easy way to share Jesus with friends and neighbors.  And that is how Jesus taught.  Use your story, stories from the Bible, and stories from your faith community to make disciples.

 Sig 1                        Jack Evans, Jr.        Faith in the Faith | John 20:29-31

The God of heaven desires that all humanity believe in Him and transfer trust into His Word! In so doing, faith is placed in inspiration and the evidence of eyewitnesses!

11 AM

Sal 1/2                    David Young          Church Membership, Armchair Theology and Disciple-Making

Sal 13                     TBA

Sal 14                     Jim Miller               Why Churches Should Minister to Singles

 Why every church should minister to singles! A sampling of singles to include the (younger) widowed, never married, divorced and single parents. 52% of the US population is single but only 15% attend church regularly. Time to change strategies.

Sal 11/12                James Moore           Surviving the Death of a Spouse with Dementia, Part 2                  

When the doctor tells you that your spouse has a terminal illness your world turns upside down. You experience shock, fear,  sadness, anger, and overwhelming emotion. What do I do now? Where do I turn? How long before she/he is bedfast? Nursing home? What will it cost? As you watch your loved one slowly decline, the hurt runs deep and emotions are up and down.  The caretaker has a heavy load, but God walks with you. Faith, family and friends help you through it.

Sal 17/18               John Smith             Born of Water & Spirit

We think we know what it means to Be “Born of Water;” and we have discoursed endlessly on its essentiality to salvation, but we have been strangely silent on what it means to be “Born of The Spirit,” and its essentiality to salvation.

Ball D                      Wesley Leonard   Soaring, Sprinting, Soaring

This session will explore the 3 stages of life, the 3 stages in marriage and the 3 stages in Christianity. Our growth is dependent on us recognize which stage we find ourselves in.

Ball E                       Tim Archer            Church Inside Out

You can build it, but they may not come. If we’re going to get outsiders into the church, we have to get the insiders to go out and find them. This session will focus on how to move our church’s focus from inside to out.

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2:30 PM

Sal 1/2                    Robert Cox            Building a Disciple Making Community

A community is defined as a group of people having a particular characteristic in common.  The problem with many communities is that the particular characteristic shared has not been formed by carefully formed thought but rather through carelessly repeated practice.   In our physical families we call this dysfunction, but in the spiritual ones we often call it "church."  In this session, you will learn how to break cycles of spiritual dysfunction and begin to build a community where Christlikeness is the particular characteristic shared in common.

Sal 13                    TBA             

Sal 14                     Slate Moore          Restoring Your Joy (Psalm 51:12)

Is it important to have joy in the Lord? Paul says in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice”. But what do we do if we have lost that joy?

Sal 15/16               Julie Young            #2

Sal 17/18               Xerxes Snell          Restoring My Purpose

We all have been given a purpose in life and many have lost sight of their God given purpose. This breakout session deals with the purpose and passion for the things of God and His kingdom.

 Ball D                      Joe Roberts           Life’s Not Fair

Perhaps we are measuring the wrong thing. If there is one thing we are born with, it’s an innate sense of fairness. But this innate sense of fairness tends to be ego-centric. We measure fairness in terms of our own wants, needs, expectations and desire. Jesus gives us a new measuring stick that will transform your life.

Ball E                       Steve Ridgell         Stories That Open Hearts

I just want to help people so I don’t need your religion.  If God is so good, why is this world so bad?  If you only knew how bad I really am.  There are stories that help get people ready to hear the good news of Jesus.

Sig 1                        Keith Lancaster    Mobilizing the Church to Sing

Everyone’s voice is important in the royal priesthood. Teaching a cappella for future generations! 

3:30 PM

Sal 1/2                   Jimmy Adcox         How To Help Your Church Get Back on Mission

Sal 13                     Donny Dillon         How to Start/Grow a Young Adult Ministry at Any Church

This session will look at 5 ways to start a young adult ministry that have worked for other churches. Most leaders understand the importance of ministering to young adults but need some steps to get started. This session will give you just that. church!

 Sal 14                    Dean Miller           Life, Love and Loss, Part 1

 Sal 15/16               Owen/Lauren Mitchell       Beauty and the Beast: A Godly Marriage in An Ungodly Culture

Does your marriage stand out from the culture around you or is it barely distinguishable?  What makes a marriage stand out?  And how do we not only protect our marriages from the influences we can't escape, but exert Godly influence through our marriages?

 Sal 17/18               John Smith             Pray In The Spirit

Why do you suppose that you have rarely, if ever, heard a sermon on this topic? Everything Paul prays for in Ephesians 3 – including “strengthened with power;” the ability to “comprehend the love of Jesus;” and being filled, “with the fullness of God;” is accomplished through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Ball D                      Sam Hall                 Building Your Spiritual Team

The Sorghum Principles Series shares 12 lessons of spiritual growth gleaned from the true story of the sorghum seed. This workshop explains God’s Drought-tolerance Plan for our lives. Christians are also a type of seed and we are equipped with a Dormancy Strategy as we go through four distinct seasons: Planning, Planting, Waiting and Harvest.  Working While Waiting is one of the 12 Spiritual Sorghum Principles that will be illustrated and discussed. Come and explore the other principles in this dynamic and interactive session. And learn the Secrets of the Seeds and find out if you are truly getting watered or just getting wet!

Ball E                     Tim Archer            Gifts + Needs = Calling

Our churches must develop more ministries that function out in the community. In this session, we will discuss how leaders can encourage church members to discover the ministry that God has gifted them with.

Sig 1                        Jack Evans, Jr.        I Have Kept The Faith | 2 Timothy 4:7-8

As the apostle Paul nears the end of his life, he assures Timothy and all believers that he was diligent in protecting and guarding the treasure entrusted to him and exhorts us to do the same if we want the ultimate prize!

9:15 PM

Sal 1/2                    David Young          Making Disciples as Jesus Did- Relational Discipleship

Sal 17/18               James Moore        Understanding Islam #2

Sig 1                        Jerry Rushford      Remembering May 16, 1921: The Impact of Great Songs of the Church

 Great Songs of the Church is the longest-lived hymnal in the history of the Restoration Movement. It was used in all 50 states and in every province of Canada, and it has gone into most of the nations of the English-speaking world.  How can we account for the popularity and longevity of this hymnal?


10 AM

 Sal 1/2                  Robert Cox            How to Raise Leaders Through Disciple-Making

"Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD," is the most repeated phrase in the book of Judges and is always preceded by the same event, the death of a leader.  Leaders naturally die, but leaders have to be intentionally raised up.    In this session we will look at Jesus process of raising up and reproducing world-changing leaders.

Sal 13                     TBA           

Sal 14                     Slate Moore          Desiring Restoration (John 5:1-15)

Have you ever said, “I want to change my life, but I just don’t have the strength?” Jesus says, “If you have the will, I will give you the power to change”.

Sal 15/16               Julie Young            #3

Sal 17/18               James Moore        Understanding Islam #3

Ball D                    Joe Roberts           Reclaiming Jesus Calling

Our churches are dying while looking more like “country clubs” then the light of Jesus to our culture. We are becoming a church that needs to be served instead of serving, a church that embraces its preferences over it’s responsibilities. Come let us reclaim Jesus high calling for His church again

 Ball E                    Steve Ridgell         Stories That Show the Real Jesus

The Jesus that knows them, loves them, and died for their sins.  There are stories that plant Jesus seeds in receptive hearts. 

Sig 1                        Jack Evans, Jr.        The God of a Second Chance |Luke 4:33-37

We serve a God who gives 2nd chances! And there is a reason why He is ready, willing and able to give any and every obedient believer another chance in this life!

11 AM

 Sal 1/2                   David Young          A New Restoration Movement

 Sal 13                     TBA           

 Sal 14                     Mike O’Neal          Faith and Stone Throwers

This session will investigate the obscure story of Shimei, and his encounter with David, as the king fled Jerusalem for his life during Absalom’s rebellion.  We will look at how David turned a vicious verbal attack aimed directly at him into an opportunity to respond with an act of faith.  Christian are often poorly perceived by the world; why is this?  Our speech patterns will be explored to determine how we may negatively shape the world against Christianity, and what we need to do to change it.

Sal 15/16               Owen/Lauren Mitchell       Show Me the Money: Live Differently So You Can Live Differently

Ask yourself some questions -- Do I love money?  Do I like money?  Am I realistic about money?  Am I a good steward of money?  Let's talk about a game plan to restore your finances so you have the freedom to live differently.

Sal 17/18               John Smith             Led By The Spirit

In Romans eight, Paul says, those who are LED by the Spirit of God, are sons of God.” Does that mean that being “led by The Spirit,” is essential to salvation? What does being led by the Spirit mean? How would I know if the Spirit was leading me? What does He lead me to do?

Ball D                      Wesley Leonard   What Do You See @ Your Red Sea

This session will examine our faith when facing a crisis. We will seek to reveal that faith does not change what you see, but rather how you process what you see.

 Ball E                     Tim Archer            Evangelism For the Long Haul

While we love to hear dramatic conversion stories, most people come to Christ through a process that can take weeks, months, or even years. This third session examines how we work with people who are at different places in their journey toward God.

 Sig 1                      Jerry Rushford        Alexander Campbell in the Old Country (The Historic Four-Month Journey in 1847)

After sailing to America in 1809, Alexander Campbell returned to the "Old Country" on just one occasion in 1847.  There were many high points on his journey like preaching to audiences of more than 2,000 and meeting many church leaders in the British Churches of Christ.

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2:30 PM                

 Sal 1/2                    Jimmy Adcox         Make Disciples and Plant Churches

 Sal 13                     TBA       

 Sal 14                     Slate Moore          Restoring the Lost (James 5:19-20)

Do you love others? Do you love them enough to confront them about the direction their heading? But how do you confront without hurting the relationship? 

Sal 15/16                Julie Young            #4

Sal 17/18                Xerxes Snell          From Facebook to God’s Book: How to Bridge the Generation Gap

Many churches are on the brink of collapse because we have little to no connection with Millennials. This breakout session shows the necessity and a way to bridge the generation gap.

 Ball D                    Jim Miller               Encouragement in the Life of a Single Person

Too often singles are approached as incomplete. The Bible teaches that a person can be whole and satisfied while they are single. Also, singles are freer to serve. 

Ball E                      Steve Ridgell         Stories That Move People to Follow Jesus. 

We do not want our friends just to know about Jesus.  We want them to follow him.  Stories that water seeds sown in hearts.  Stories that lead people to say yes to Jesus.

Sig 1                        Jack Evans, Jr.        Real Security | John 14:15-18

There is a supernatural person that God gives to every true and obedient believer to assure His abiding presence and His eternal and immediate consistent protection!

3:30 PM

Sal 1/2                    Robert Cox            Why Jesus (and I) Love Small Groups

At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus formed a small group.  One of the last events before his death and first after his resurrection was an upper room meeting with His small group.  Shortly after his resurrection, Jesus once again got together with His small group.  The only people that Jesus took with him to his ascension was…that's right…His small group.   From the beginning to end and almost everywhere in between, we see Jesus functioning within a small group.  In this session, we will take a look His John 13 upper room small group meeting to discover the benefits of an effective small group and how they contribute to making disciples.

Sal 13                       TBA                          

Sal 14                     Dean Miller           Life, Love and Loss, Part 2

Sal 15/16               Owen/Lauren       Transformers: Making Your Marriage a Great Story

We like good stories.  We root for the underdog, we want the guy to get the girl.  Good stories engage us, challenge us, encourage us, sometimes show us ourselves.  There are certain elements that go into a good story and we're going to look at how those elements can be applied personally, because your marriage tells a story... is it the one you want it to tell?  It can be, regardless of how it may read right now.  Every marriage has a story... what's yours?

Sal 17/18               John Smith             Worship In the Spirit

In Philippians 3, Paul says that it is people who have been “born of God,” who “worship by – in - the Spirit of God.” What does it mean to “worship in the Spirit of God?” How is that connected to “presenting our bodies as spiritual sacrifices as spiritual worship?”

Ball D                    Roxy Hall          Training & Development: Take What You Have & Create What You Want

This course will introduce participants to a tool that can positively impact the health and wellness of their congregations. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This training uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

Ball E                     Tim Archer            Starting (Or Restarting) With Jesus

Jesus called us to make disciples by baptizing and teaching obedience. Far too often, our evangelistic strategies end at the baptistery. This session will look at how we help new Christians (and Christians seeking renewal) begin their lifelong imitation of Christ.

Sig 1                        Keith Lancaster    The Vital Role of Worship Leader

 Exploring the ministry of planning, leading and setting the tone for vibrant worship.