EQUIP 2014

 

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The EQUIP Conference seeks to encourage, train, and inspire Salvation Army youth leaders to helpfully serve their corps, communities, families and God; to disciple effectively within their ministries and through their relationships with others; and to love inclusively within an atmosphere that promotes wholeness, Christian maturity, service to others, and which recognizes the hand of God in all that we do.   In fulfillment of its mission, The Salvation Army Youth Workers Conference operates within three main concepts: to inspire, to encourage, to train. EQUIP is about providing support, encouragement, and training to those who work with youth within our camps, corps, community centers, and SABGCA’s.

Dresscode

Casual attire is more than acceptable Monday-Wednesday. Business Casual is expected on Thursday morning for all non-officers.   Officers should be in uniform (work/classroom uniform is fine).

Schedule

Mon | 5.5.14

10:00am Pre-Conference Registration 10:30am- 5:00pm Pre-Conference Speaker- Greg Stier Territorial Music Committee Meeting 12:15 Lunch Break 1:00pm-5:00pm Registration 2:00pm-5:00pm Krish Kandiah Workshop 3:00pm-5:00pm SAMS Session 6:30pm-7:00pm:Exhibits Open 7:00pm General Session I Speaker-Greg Stier

Tue | 5.6.14

8:15am-8:30am Devotions 8:30am-9:00am: Exhibits Open 9:00am General Session II Speaker-Krish Kandiah 10:30am Break 11:00am-12:15pm: Intensive Labs 12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own) 2:00pm-3:30pm: Intensive Labs Continued 3:45pm-5:00pm: Intensive Labs Continued

Wed | 5.7.14

8:15am-8:30am Devotions 8:30am-9:00am: Exhibits Open 9:00am-10:15am Workshop I 10:15am Break 10:45am General Session III Speaker-Crystal Kirgiss 12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own) 2:15pm-3:30pm: Workshops II 3:45pm-5:00pm: Workshop III

Thu | 5.8.14

9:30am General Session IV Speaker-Commissioner Don Bell


RegistrationButton_EQUIP14 Registration Fees: $150.   Cancellations will be accepted up to April 25, 2014. Any delegate cancellations after April 25, 2014 or “No shows” at the event will be charged the registration fee of $150.
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Venue

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International Palms in Orlando, FL.
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General Session Speakers

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GREG STIER

Greg Stier has spoken to well over a million teenagers. His unique speaking style combines evangelistic urgency, Biblical accuracy and hilarious true-life stories. His evangelistic talks always end with a call to act now, to do something right away to reach that lost friend, family member, classmate, teammate or neighbor.Greg is an unlikely candidate to lead a ministry like Dare 2 Share. Almost aborted and raised in a violent urban setting Greg grew up never knowing his biological father. It was when he met his real Father, his Heavenly Father, that everything changed. Because of the transformation he saw Jesus bring into his fist-throwing, body-building, crime-ridden family he knew from the time he was eleven years old that he would spend the rest of his life preaching the gospel.Today, Greg leads a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ.

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KRISH KANDIAH

Krish has worked with students in the UK with Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, and in Albania with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, before becoming pastor of a multi-cultural church in Harrow. He is a regular speaker at university missions, and has wide experience in evangelism and cross cultural mission. He is a husband, father, adopted dad and foster carer.

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CRYSTAL KIRGISS

Crystal Kirgiss teaches writing at Purdue University and is the author or co-author of more than ten books, including What’s Up With Boys?, Sex Has A Pricetag, Girls, Guys, and A Teenager’s Daily Prayer Book. She’s been married to Mark, a Young Life area director, for 25 years and they have three college-aged sons. Crystal also writes the monthly “Guys” and “Girls” columns for YouthWalk.

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COMMISSIONER DONALD BELL

For the last five years, he and his wife have served as leaders of the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory.  As territorial leaders, the Bells were strong champions of the territory’s Strategic Mission Plan, which focused on growing disciples, making new soldiers, and fighting poverty and injustice through a streamlined, connected and mission-focused approach. They took a close interest in indigenous Māori culture, learning the Māori language and helping to lift the profile of The Salvation Army Māori Ministry. Don served as President of Bible Society New Zealand.   Commissioner Bell and his wife were married in January 1979. For hobbies, Don and Debi enjoy travel, having visited all 50 American states, five American territories and 30 North and Central American, Africa, Asian, European and South Pacific countries.

Intensives

Intensives

Krish Kandiah

Route 66 : How to Teach the Whole Bible for the Whole of Life How can we teach the whole of the Bible so that it equips young people for the whole of life? In this highly interactive and practical intensive we will explore fresh approaches to helping young people navigate life with the Bible. We will focus attention on the more difficult parts of the Bible to teach and explore the resources of the wisdom literature, Old Testament narratives, poetry and the book of revelation. You will be both motivated and equipped to deepen the level of teaching you are able to provide to young people and given innovative ideas of how to teach the Bible so that it sticks. Find out how to make use of social media, film and digital technologies as well as developing preaching skills to help the Bible come alive for a new generation.

Blake Lanier

Understanding and Working with LGBT Youth Lesbian…Gay…Bisexual…Transgender… For much of our history, these are terms that have been regarded as dirty, deviant or detestable.  Today’s youth workers are finding that many youth openly embrace these labels as identification with a community that accepts diverse sexual orientations. Some youth workers are comfortable with this cultural shift but many are not. This session purposefully and directly opens the dialogue about sexual orientation and effective youth work with LGBT youth.  Participants will explore the history of the LGBT community and the unique challenges that have arisen through the church’s attempt to support LGBT youth.  Participants will explore the unique psychological and social struggles that LGBT youth face.  Participants will learn an effective approach to working with LGBT youth and will be given resources to share with youth who need support.

Jeff Wallace

Understanding & Engaging Youth Culture The culture we’ve immersed our students in is full of “improvised explosive devices” – the influences they encounter in music, film, TV, Web, video gaming, and social media are powerful and potentially destructive.  This workshop is a strategic thinking session that will take you through the key youth ministry “essentials” necessary to help you develop a healthy program that will engage a High Definition Culture.

Bob Hostetler

Active Creativity Overcome static and staid. Get energetic and explosive instead. Explore teaching for reaching every age, personality, learning style, and interest level.

Gregg Johnson

Reaching a Generation Before They Need to be Rescued 20 years ago if you had a passion to reach this generation with the gospel you thought “teenager”…not so any more…today it’s “tween” not “teen”.  If we are going to successfully capture and engage this young pre-teen generation we need to reach them by 12 or we will be rescuing them at 21! Enter the story of Jesus at 12! Gregg and Jessica Johnson, founders of the highly successful J12 ministry to preteen’s will unveil how the story of Jesus at 12 found in Luke 2:41-52 contains the DNA to reach our preteen world. During this intensive workshop, Gregg and Jessica will unwrap the 7 key words Jesus spoke at 12 and show you how those same 7 words can captive a young generation today to become leaders in their schools, homes and churches today!

Kim Aycock

Camp Planning & Staff Training You are cordially invited to a training smorgasbord guaranteed to satisfy a hearty appetite!  This metaphorical buffet will offer a large selection of “appetizers” (ways to get staff ready to learn), a 3-course “meal” (including brain-friendly ways to present training topics and incorporate movement/visual aids to enhance learning), and “dessert” (ways to put a flavorful end to training sessions).  Come hungry and leave full of ideas (doggie bag included) that will add spice to any training session and engage your staff in the learning process!   *Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their staff-training schedule if possible.

Dave Sippel

Sustainable Youth Ministry It takes more than a great youth director to have a strong and thriving youth ministry. This workshop will help you move from constant staff turnover and mediocre participation to a healthier model with greater support, integration, visibility and engagement. The principles also apply to children’s ministry and many other programs. Got off the treadmill and enjoy a mature ministry that the entire congregation will support.

Crystal Kirgiss

Dig Deep, Follow Far: The Relationship Between Adolescent Development and Abiding Discipleship In this intensive, we’ll discuss how to help guide students into a life a committed discipleship. We’ll begin with an overview of adolescent development because having a clear understanding of how students are developing in terms of identity, intellect, independence, and ideology will help us to better plan and frame our relationships and our teaching. From there we’ll discuss what it really means to actively follow Jesus in a world that celebrates and applauds those who tally the highest number of passive followers on social media. Finally, we’ll talk about the necessity of digging deep roots into God’s truth (aka doctrine and dogma, concepts that have lost serious ground in a world that rejects anything perceived as being related to “organized religion”); that is, we’ll talk about the basic spiritual disciplines of Scripture reading, prayer, fasting, and self-care as primary ways to “dig deep” in order to have a faith that will “follow far.”

Workshop I

Workshop I

Wednesday, May 7 {9:00 am – 10:15 am}

Christina Gard

Leading a Ministry for Girls

Teenage girls are being faced with challenges today unlike at any other point in history. This workshop will evaluate the perspective and attitude of a teen girl, as well as her developmental and psychological needs. We will discuss the ways of connecting with youth today and how to engage girls in today’s context.

Jonny Wooddell

Barefoot Online The goal of this workshop is to be the most effective and efficient youth leader with Barefoot Online. We will go over the Dashboard, Tracking (People, Events, Finance), Attendance, Lessons & Training, Formation, and the My Account section. After this workshop you will be able to focus on what matters most, and let Barefoot Online do the rest.
 

Territorial Music Department

Territorial Music Committee Meetings The Territorial Music Committee will be meeting to discuss achievements, challenges, and progress towards live music in every corps by 2020 (Vision 2020).  Special guest Sam Pilafian will be “teaching the teachers” in brass technique, and there will be break outs for creative artists, and worship leaders.  TMC meets every year to discuss strategies for music ministry in the South, but are especially pleased to be a part of Equip this year.

Blake Lanier

Behavior – Part I When working with youth, dealing with challenging behavior is part of the job description.  This two-part workshop explores the driving forces behind youth behavior and aims to equip youth workers with the skills needed to form effective relationships with youth and handle difficult behavior when it occurs.  *Please note that this is a two-part workshop.

Major Joy Robbins

Safe From Harm Updates: Are We Covered? Keep yourself current with the new Safe From Harm updates.  Learn about all of the new issues that affect Safe From Harm and find ways to take it home and make Safe From Harm a part of your ministry.  Come and see Safe From Harm in a new way and leave with ideas and resources to help you in your ministry.

Dave Sippel

Velcro or Teflon? Why do youth visit youth groups and not return? What does it take to create a youth ministry that is more like Velcro than Teflon? How can we prepare for youth before they visit and what should we do to connect with them during their first visit? Your church can become a place that youth enjoy and visit often. Come and learn how to grow your youth ministry and build a program that impacts many teens from your community.

Lindsey Fleeman

Up Your Online Impression

Social Media is way too broad a term, but take a short journey with Lindsey as she goes over the basics of using various social media platforms (like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to help build an online community for the ministry side of your Corps, youth group, or community center.  You’ll learn the basics of building a Facebook page or group, and how to maintain it properly.  You’ll also learn helpful tips on “smetiquette.” (Yes, yes we did just make up a word for social media etiquette.  You’re welcome, world).

Kim Aycock

Bully Busters: A Proactive Approach to Building Camper Relationships

A close look at the who, when, where, what, why, and how of physical and emotional bullying in campers and strategies to help counselors take preventive measures from its inception in the cabin/bunk group.  Exercises that build positive and inclusive camper relationships within the group community will be integrated into this session.
Workshop II

Workshop II

Wednesday, May 7  {2:15 pm – 3:30 pm}

Crystal Kirgiss

Talking to Students about Gender and Sexuality Are guys and girls really all that different? What do biology and neurology have to do with behavior and identity? How can we talk to students about gender in a way that celebrates and honors our God-designed uniqueness? And how can we address issues of sexuality and purity in ways that are honest, practical, thoughtful, and relevant? In the end, gender isn’t about “them and us” – it’s about “we are all of us made in the image of God.” And healthy sexual behavior isn’t about defining “how far is too far?” – it’s about living a life of holiness. Our students don’t want okay answers or unexplained rules; they want thoughtful conversation and loving guidance. This workshop will offer ideas on how to provide both of those.

Laura Kelly

Ministry Toolkit This workshop will help guide you through the many features on the new MTK.  If you are a current user of MTK or a beginner, you will be sure to leave with a better knowledge of the new site and what free resources are available to you.

Territorial Music Department

Territorial Music Committee Meetings The Territorial Music Committee will be meeting to discuss achievements, challenges, and progress towards live music in every corps by 2020 (Vision 2020).  Special guest Sam Pilafian will be “teaching the teachers” in brass technique, and there will be break outs for creative artists, and worship leaders.  TMC meets every year to discuss strategies for music ministry in the South, but are especially pleased to be a part of Equip this year.

Blake Lanier

Behavior – Part II When working with youth, dealing with challenging behavior is part of the job description.  This two-part workshop explores the driving forces behind youth behavior and aims to equip youth workers with the skills needed to form effective relationships with youth and handle difficult behavior when it occurs.  *Please note that this is a two-part workshop.

Wanda Newton

Adventure Corps – More Than Just Playing in the Gym

Hey let’s throw some boys into the gym and call it Adventure Corps right? Wrong, come learn what Adventure Corps is all about and how to run a successful Adventure Corps program to provide to the young men in our Corps.

 

Jeff Wallace

Helping Hurting Students Students today deal with so many hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  They struggle with all types of issues, temptations, addictions, family dysfunctions, and anxieties. This workshop will help you deal with the tough and ugly issues students are facing.  You will get practical ideas, tools, and insights on how to help teenagers deal with some of the hard issues of life-like; pregnancy, sexuality, gender identity, eating disorders, suicide, family issues, and abuse.

Bob Hostetler

Dora Goes to Sunday School How do TV and movies influence our children? Come find out how children’s programming in TV and movies can teach us a lot about how to teach and reach children of different ages.

Christina Gard

Leading a Children’s Ministry Children see, children do. This workshop will examine the developmental needs and the psyche of a child, as well as emphasizing the power of influential people in the life of a child. We will discuss the need for volunteers and how to mobilize an army of help in accomplishing the mission of Salvation Army.

Workshop III

Workshop III

Wednesday, May 7  {3:45 pm – 5:00 pm}

Crystal Kirgiss

Talking to Students about Gender and Sexuality Are guys and girls really all that different? What do biology and neurology have to do with behavior and identity? How can we talk to students about gender in a way that celebrates and honors our God-designed uniqueness? And how can we address issues of sexuality and purity in ways that are honest, practical, thoughtful, and relevant? In the end, gender isn’t about “them and us” – it’s about “we are all of us made in the image of God.” And healthy sexual behavior isn’t about defining “how far is too far?” – it’s about living a life of holiness. Our students don’t want okay answers or unexplained rules; they want thoughtful conversation and loving guidance. This workshop will offer ideas on how to provide both of those.

Mark Jeffrey

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Project Fast Forward In 2012, Boys & Girls Clubs of America embarked on a major planning effort called “Project Fast Forward”, with the aim of realigning BGCA’S structure, services and staff to better support all local Clubs in achieving the major goals of the Great Futures Impact Plan.  There is not one other Youth Serving Organization in America today that has the impact that Boys & Girls Clubs of America has.  The idea behind Project Fast Forward is that Boys & Girls Clubs of America must continue to be a national advocate for young people today and in the 21st century.  To do so, the Project Fast Forward plan is designed with a focus on local, local, local.  In other words, the strength of the National Organization and advocacy of young people is at the local level.  Come learn about the “Project  Fast  Forward” changes and see how your local Club can benefit.

Territorial Music Department

Territorial Music Committee Meetings The Territorial Music Committee will be meeting to discuss achievements, challenges, and progress towards live music in every corps by 2020 (Vision 2020).  Special guest Sam Pilafian will be “teaching the teachers” in brass technique, and there will be break outs for creative artists, and worship leaders.  TMC meets every year to discuss strategies for music ministry in the South, but are especially pleased to be a part of Equip this year.

Lt. Nicole Parker

How to Successfully Plan an Event Have you ever noticed the best events look effortless? The event details are perfectly planned and executed.  A well planned event is an art of creativity, planning and organization.  So much of what we do in youth work (clubs, camps, corps, and day camps) involves event planning.  Come and learn the tips and tricks to put on a successful event at your corps or divisional level!

Wanda Newton

All You Need to Know About Sunbeams, Girl Guards and Moonbeams

Come and learn how to plan and organize for your Sunbeams, Girl Guards and Moonbeams. Gather resources to enhance your emblem earning and keep your kids engaged in active hands on learning.

Jesse Hinson

Lessons Learned as a Youth Director

This workshop will focus on examples of fruitful Youth Ministry.  It is designed to provide a ‘basics’ to practical youth ministry as well as highlight examples from current Corps outreaches.  The aim of this mini-panel session is to inspire you to develop a youth ministry on sound organizational & missional footing as well as lay out some current youth culture trends affecting our ministry landscape.  Guest presenters include Chris Flanagan, Gwyndollynn Potter and Matt Sims.

 

Bob Hostetler

Teach Like God

Have you ever wondered how you can study and adapt your learning style in order to teach the Word better? Come learn how you can do just that in order to learn how God teaches.

Major Ann Penhale

Corps Cadets – It is a Changin’!

The Corps Cadet program is under renovation, with the new curriculum, BOLD, (Bible Study, Our Heritage, Leadership Training, and Discipleship) to be released this Fall.  Come and learn about the program basics and also learn what to expect with this new curriculum.  For anyone who teaches Corps Cadets, be the first to learn this new information!
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May 5th-8th, 2014 International Palms Orlando, FL