Equip Conference

Equip: Preparing Church Leaders For A New Season

The goal of the Equip Conference is to prepare church leaders for a new season of ministry. This will be a time of encouragement and engagement.

We know it has been tough trying to get back to doing church post COVID. We want you to come, be challenged and go back knowing you are not serving alone.

This is an opportunity to learn, to be better equipped and know that you are making a difference in the lives of those you meet with on a weekly basis.

Cost of conference is $10/person or $50/church (groups of 6 or more from 1 church).

We will have a number of speakers and workshops:

  • Mark Dance: Pastors Workshop

Mark and Janet live in Dallas, Texas where he serves as the Director of Pastoral Wellness for Guidestone Financial Resources (SBC). Dance was a lead pastor for 27 years before becoming an associate vice president at LifeWay, and director of pastoral development for Oklahoma Baptists. He is the co-founding leader of the Care4Pastors Network. Mark and Janet have two adult children, Holly and Brad. Mark is a speaker and author who enjoys tennis and bowhunting

Breakout Sessions:

  1. Today’s Top 4 Challenges for Pastors
  2. What is the “Main Thing”?
  3. Firewalls of Protection Every Pastor Needs
  4. How To Fight Against Fatigue


  • Allan Taylor: Adults 

Breakout Sessions:

  1. Sunday school as a Strategy
  2. (Same as 1)
  3. The Sunday School Strategy Grid
  4. A Franchising Sunday School


  • Louis Zinc: Students 

Louis Zinc (DMin, Spiritual Formation; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Student Pastor at First Baptist Church Oxford, MS. He is married to Katie Zinc and they have two sons, Abe (10) and Jude (6).

Breakout Sessions:

Teaching God’s Word to Students:

  1. The Reasons Why We Teach
  2. The Seasons When We Teach
  3. What Is Disciple-making?
  4. How Is Disciple-making Accomplished?


  • Jeremy Carroll: Childrens 

Jeremy Carroll is the Lifeway Kids Ministry Publishing Manager for VBS, Kids Discipleship, and NextGen resources. He has been active in local church ministry for more than 25 years across Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his family live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Breakout Sessions:

  1. Healthy Habits of An Unshakable Kid’s Ministry Leader
  2. Flipping the Script: Creating a Relationship-First Atmosphere in Ministry
  3. Be a Learner of Learners
  4. Getting to the Heart of Discipleship


  • Landry Holmes: Preschoolers

Landry Holmes is the Manager of Lifeway Kids Ongoing Bible Studies, Nashville, TN, and is a graduate of Howard Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Author of It’s Worth It: Uncovering How One Week Can Transform Your Church, co-author of Every Age, Every Stage: Teaching God’s Truth at Home and Church, and a general editor of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, Landry is a church leader, writer, workshop facilitator, and publisher. He teaches kids at his church in Middle Tennessee, where his wife Janetta is the Preschool Minister. They enjoy spending time with their two adult sons and their wives, and spoiling their six grandchildren.

Breakout Sessions:

  1. Discipling Preschoolers at Church and Home
  2. Babysitter or Disciple-maker?
  3. Be on Target Using the Bible with Preschoolers
  4. What to Do When Preschoolers are Anxious, Angry, and Anti-social


  • Lisa Sessions: Special Needs

Lisa Session is the Kidtricity Ministry leader at Shiloh Church in Garland, Texas.  Lisa has trained thousands of teachers and administrators in special education compliance, accommodations, modifications, and IDEA laws.  Lisa has joined the Texas Baptist Convention the Dallas Baptist Association and the LifeWay VBS staff to provide Special Education, Vacation Bible School training, and leadership training to volunteers and church staff members. Lisa has been married to Dr. Ronald Session for twenty-four years.  They have two children, Jackson 21, and Moriah 19, and a family dog Wynter 5.

Breakout Sessions:

Equipping Leaders to Serve in a Special Needs Ministry:

  • Participants will learn how to create an environment that welcomes children and adults with special needs. Participants will also walk away with strategies and interventions that they can use on Sunday morning and during mid-week services at their churches.
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Mar 11 2023


8:30 am - 2:30 pm



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Central Baptist Church
5200 Fairway Avenue, North Little Rock, AR 72116