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EQUIP 2020


Seeking to improve the overall health of your church? Need help equipping your leaders?

Because of the COVID-19 virus, local churches are facing a challenging season of ministry. As a result, the Kentucky Baptist Convention designed the online EQUIP training event to provide a focused response as churches move forward.

Leaders in the areas of Abuse Prevention, Children’s Ministry, Conflict Resolution, Deacon Ministry, Discipleship, Evangelism, Finance, Revitalization, Security, Students, Sunday School Teachers, Sunday School Directors, WMU, Women’s Ministry and Worship & Music are all invited to come together online to be better equipped during this pandemic.

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Join us for one or multiple EQUIP training sessions:

August 18

Children's Ministry

Transformational Teaching for Children's Ministry, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Merging Ministry Post Pandemic, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be led by Rachel Cobb. She has served as the Preschool and Children’s Ministry Director at First Baptist in Richmond, Ky., for 18 years. 

Conflict Resolution

Personal Peacemaking, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Personal Peacemaking cont., 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be led by Dwight Schettler. He serves as President of Ambassadors of Reconciliation. Dwight also served four years as Director of Training & Certification for Peacemaker Ministries. 

August 20

Student Ministry

Teaching Deep to Distracted Teens, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Rebuilding Ministry to Students, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be led by Matt Flanagan. He serves as the Children and Student Ministry Consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Matt also has 29 years experience in leading student ministry.  

Worship & Music

Resources for your Worship & Music Ministry, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Creatively Worship in Times of Pandemic, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be lef by Jason Stewart. He currently serves at the Kentucky Baptist Convention as the Worship/Music & Prayer Consultant. He has also served in full- and part-time music/worship positions for Kentucky Baptist churches and for congregations in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina.

August 24

Women's Ministry

Healthy Ministry Boundaries, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Steadfast in the Midst of COVID-19, 8:00 p.m. EDT

The first session will be led by Valerie Vincent. Valerie led private practice counseling for 20 years. She also wrote for the Western Recorder Family Forum for 15 years and taught undergraduate courses for 10 years.

The second session will be led by Heather McVey. She is a wife and momma of three. During the day, she is a Jesus Girl disguised as a school-based, Speech-Language Pathologist. She also leads women's ministry to teach and equip women to pursue righteousness.

Sunday School Directors

Delivering Creative Training, 7:00 p.m. EDT

A Simple Pipeline for Developing Leaders, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be led by PK Spratt. He currently serves as Interim Discipleship Pastor, Parkland Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky. He also served as a regional partner for LifeWay Christian Resources for five years. He is a popular speaker and conference leader.

August 25

Sunday School Teachers

Ask Great Questions and Lead Great Discussions, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Prepare to Re-open Your Class, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be led by Ken Braddy. He serves as Director of Sunday School, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tn. He also leads the team that produces Explore the Bible, Bible Studies for Life, the Gospel Project, and other ongoing curriculum.


Advancing Your Church Safety Plan through Ever-Changing Times, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Navigating Church Security in Today’s World, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions are led by Ron Aguiar. He is an expert in church safety and security with more than 30 years of experience in private security, law enforcement, and church security. Aguiar authored the book “Keeping Your Church Safe."

August 27

Deacon Ministry

Deacon Ministry in Challenging Times, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Session is led by Larry Purcell. He serves as a regional consultant with the KBC for the churches, pastors and AMS’ of western Kentucky with strategic planning, pastor search, training events, and as a source of encouragement.



Reclaiming Inactive and Less Active Church Members, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Session is led by Andy McDonald. He serves the Kentucky Baptist Convention as the North Central Regional Consultant. Before coming to the KBC he spent 27 years in student and discipleship ministry. 


What’s Missing in Our Discipleship Strategy, 7:00 p.m. EDT

A Clear Pathway to Disciple Others, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions will be led by Paul Johnson and Sebastian Valquez. Paul is Church Strengthening Team Leader at the Canadian National Baptist Convention. He is recently retired from CNBC (Canadian National Baptist Convention) as Team Leader for Church Strengthening, after 22 years' service. Seba and his wife, Erin, serve as missionaries with the International Mission Board. They are heading to London after serving 13 years in Poland and Canada.  


September 1


How to Remain a Gospel Conversational Church, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Developing a Flexible, One Year Evangelism Strategy, 8:00 p.m. EDT

The first session is led by Sam Greer. He has served as a pastor in the local church since 2004. After serving two congregations in Louisiana, Sam was led to Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he has served as Senior Pastor since 2012.

The second session is led by Kenny Rager. He serves as the evangelism associate on the Evangelism Team at the KBC. He travels to many churches teaching on evangelism strategies to use in their community.


How to Structure Financial Support, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Handling Money in the Church, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions are led by  Don A.Spencer, CFP®. He is recognized as a specialist in the area of compensation planning and tax issues for ministers and churches. He has 27 Years as a Certified Financial Planner and 35 years experience as Director of Church Financial Benefits Department of the KBC.

September 3


Engaging Your Church in God’s Mission, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Serving through Compassion Ministries, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions are led by Liz Encinia, executive director of the Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union. 

Abuse Prevention

Dealing with Sexual Abuse in the Church, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Dealing with Sexual Abuse in the Church cont., 8:00 p.m. EDT

Sessions are led by Job Juarez. He serves as the Church Planting Group Leader at the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He is passionate about helping churches “love their neighbors” into the Kingdom.