The EQUIP Youth Workers 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.
This conference recognizes the hand of God in all that we do and in order to fulfill this mission, The Salvation Army Youth Workers Conference operates within three main concepts: to inspire, to encourage, and to train. EQUIP is about providing support, encouragement, and training to those who work with youth within our camps, corps, community centers, and Kroc Centers and Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.


Casual attire is acceptable for everyone Monday – Thursday.



8:15 am SAMS & BFI Pre-Conference Registration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm SAMS & BFI Pre-Conferences
Archery Training (Orlando Corps)
Jesus Theater Training
10:30 am – 6:00 pm Regular Conference Registration
12:15 pm Lunch Break (Lunch Provided for Pre-Conference & Jesus Theater Attendees)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mini Sessions
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Exhibits Open
7:00 pm General Session I – Andrew Stanley


8:30 am – 9:00 am Exhibits open
9:00 am – 10:15 am Workshop I
Jesus Theater Training
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am Workshop II
Jesus Theater Training
11:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm General Session II – Krish Kandiah
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Intensive I
Jesus Theater Training
 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Soundcast Album Launch Concert*


8:30 am – 9:00 am Exhibits open
9:00 am – 10:15 am Workshop III
Jesus Theater Training
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am Workshop IV
Jesus Theater Training
11:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm General Session III – Rev. Dr. John Teter
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Intensive II
Jesus Theater Training
 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Jesus Theater Performance*


9:30 am General Session IV – Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood

*attendance is optional


Who: Salvation Army Youth Leaders
When: May 6th – 9th, 2019
Where: Wyndham Orlando Resort – Orlando, FL


Pre-Conference Information

BFI Pre-Conference

This Pre-Conference starts at 10:30 am and is required for all BFI’s. Please register for this if you are currently a BFI and you haven’t been given permission to miss this Pre-Conference.


SAMS Pre-Conference

If you are a SAMS, please register for this Pre-Conference.


Archery Training Pre-Conference

This training is open to anyone that would like to attend the archery training at the Orlando Corps. This training will be held 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Monday, May 6.


Extended Training Opportunities

Jesus Theater Training

This year, Jesus Theater training is open to everyone. This is a track so you will be required to attend starting Monday morning through Wednesday Intensives. Jesus Theater Ministry is a Creative Arts presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Jesus Theater is being utilized by Salvation Army camps, day-camps, and other venues around the country as a resource for presenting the Gospel to children and youth. The results have been powerful, including thousands of commitments to Christ as well as ongoing testimonies from staff, cast members, and the audiences about personal encounters with Jesus. The production is designed as a simple presentation that does not require previous theater experience. It utilizes theater and visual art, underscored by engaging music. It is designed so that it can be picked up and utilized in a variety of settings. This workshop is designed for leaders who are positioned to share the Gospel with children. We will introduce the ministry, the discipleship approach it embraces and provide a demonstration on how the resources work. Come join us as we celebrate the power of the Gospel and explore together this mode of inviting people to it!

Youth Development Institute

Open to ALL Corps Youth Workers & BGCA youth workers. Taught by Boys & Girls Clubs of America instructors, YDI integrates staff practices, safety, teens, planning and programming into the sessions. YDI takes place during regular workshops and intensives on Tuesday and Wednesday. Note: You must attend all YDI sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

YDI Schedule

Time Tuesday, May 7 Wednesday, May 8
9:00 – 9:30 General Session General Session SPI
9:30 – 9:45 Break Break
9:45 – 11:45 Method 1 Method 3
11:45 – 2:00 Lunch Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 Equip General Session Equip General Session
3:30-3:45 Break Break
3:45 – 5:45 Method 2 Method 4
5:45 – 6:00 Break
6:00 – 6:30 Action Plan



Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Click Here To Reserve Your Hotel Room


General Session Speakers

Andrew Stanley

Andrew Stanley is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian and homeschool survivor who isn’t afraid of bringing his deeply rooted insecurities to the stage. Okay, maybe he’s afraid, but he’s doing it anyway. His observational style and dry sense of humor have pleased audiences all over the country. Andrew regularly performs at comedy clubs, churches, conferences, fundraisers, breweries, Uber pools…you get it.  He was the grand prize winner of The 2017 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant and was selected to participate in the 2018 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He’s performed with John Crist, Emo Philips, Barry Crimmins, and many more.  Andrew’s parents are still alive so he works clean.

Dr. Krish Kandiah


Dr. Krish Kandiah is the Executive Director of Churches in Mission and England Director for the UK Evangelical Alliance. Prior to this, Dr. Kandiah was the Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and also Tutor in Mission and Evangelism at Wycliffe Hall. He was also a member of the Oxford University Theology faculty. Dr. Kandiah 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. 

Dr. Rev. John Teter

Dr. John Teter was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Korean and Dutch parents. He was raised in a non-religious home, but while at UCLA, Jesus captured his heart and life through an evangelistic Bible study. John went on to serve with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for twelve years at USC, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Compton College.

John and his family moved into the inner city of Long Beach to incarnate God’s love and make disciples. There, they planted Fountain of Life Covenant Church, a multiethnic and multi-class church where John serves as senior pastor.

John also serves as the executive director of Fountain of Life Antioch, which develops and mentors apostles and church planters in the United States and Asia.He is passionate about calling, training, and sending the next generation of church planters to establish churches that are strong in faith and see God add to their numbers daily. John has also served in a denominational capacity for the Evangelical Covenant Church, as the church planting team leader and as the evangelism team leader .

John is the author of three books, The Power of the 72: Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism (InterVarsity Press, December 2017), Get the Word Out, and Jesus & the Hip Hop Prophets (co-authored with Alex Gee).

John and his wife, Becky, have been blessed with three wonderful children. In his spare time, John enjoys good film and television, fantasy football, and being a part of the Los Angeles Lakers Band.