Welcome to EQUIP 2022! Our mission for this event is to create a quality training event that equips pastors, board members, teachers, and lay leaders to grow their ministries while helping the SC District more effectively connect. 

This year we hope you will gather one or two great ideas for your team to work on throughout the year as you minister to your congregation and your community. We believe it is better to find those few ideas that really light your team’s fire and pursue those than to collect many ideas that will sit in your notebook and never see daylight again. 

We are limiting our attendance 225 participants and hope that you and your team will register early! We will NOT serve lunch, but will provide light snacks. Following the event, we encourage you and your team to have lunch, sort your ideas, and make plans.

We can’t wait to see you on Saturday, September 24 as we do life together!


Columbia First Church of the Nazarene

901 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29169

8:00am - 9:00am - Doors Open/Registration
9:00am - 10:30am - Opening Plenary Session
10:45am - 11:45am - Session #1
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Session #2


Registration Fee - $15

To expedite registration on the day of the event, we recommend you make payment in advance.

There are three options for payment:

1. Pay Online (Equip Designation)

2. Pay by Mail
NDI Treasurer

c/o New Start Community

PO Box 119

Manning, SC 29102

3. Pay at the Event. 

Make checks payable to "SC NDI".


REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Monday, September 19th


If you have additional questions regarding the event, please contact Pastor Tom McCrea:

Rachel Medlin

Plenary Speaker

Executive Pastor - Northpoint Church (Beaumont, TX)

Rachel is a pastor, speaker, wife, mom, former homeschooler, goat midwife, and ex-farmer who loves spending time with her husband and sharing The Word. She accepted the call into ministry after years of battling a women's place in ministry. God used her husband to clarify her calling and she stepped out on faith to pursue full-time vocational ministry leaving the farm behind.

Rachel is a great leader who understands doing life together in a way that blesses new and old alike. Her heart is to help every human know Jesus and follow Him daily. For more information about Rachel check out her linktree:


Session 1 (10:45-11:45am)

Board Development - Presenter Terry Friesen

The church works best when we love one another and work together! Join us as we discuss the current state of the Church and the need to learn better ways to lead together. This breakout will provide ideas and recommended resources to help pastors, church boards, and key leaders grow, learn and lead together.

Reaching the Hispanic Community (Alcanzando a la Comunidad Hispana) - Presenters Isa & Bill Wojtkowski

A bilingual sharing of ideas and strategies to increase Hispanic Nazarene participation in all of our SC District churches. (Compartiendo Ideas y Estrategias para aumentar la participación en el Distrito de las Iglesias Hispanas.)

Healthy Accountability - Presenter Jeremy Reese

The Lone Ranger wasn’t really alone. No leader should be. Join us as we discover how to develop healthy relationships that help you to grow deeper in your faith, wisdom, and relationships with others.

NMI - Serving Beyond Our Doors - Presenter Libby Newman and crew

Is your church looking for ways to reach the local community?  People across the world?  This interactive session will help you find some creative ways to do just that.  Come learn more about Disaster Relief, Work and Witness, supporting missionaries and more.  Suitable for NMI Presidents and anyone with a heart for serving others.

How to do life together - Presenter Rachel Medlin

Every church can grow! Join us for this breakout as we explore purposeful, creative ways to grow your church through meaningful discipleship. Every life group leader, Sunday School teacher, and ministry leader will benefit as we learn new concepts and ways to help people learn how to do life together, engage in the Scripture, and make a difference in their world.

Sent - Presenter Ben LaPlace

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Come discover how the heart of God shapes the call of every believer to participate in the mission of God in the everyday, ordinary places of their lives. Leave with a simple framework anyone can use to discern and define where God is inviting them to join him in his Kingdom work.

Session 2 (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Ministry in the workplace - Presenter Gabbee Bagby

Jesus was a servant leader and called all of His followers to be the same. The workplace is one of the most important places we serve. In this breakout, we will look at ways we can help encourage other believers and introduce those who are far from God to Jesus.

New Pastor Mentoring Program Available To All New Pastors In Our District (Programa de Mentoria Disponible para los Pastores de la Region) - Presenters Isa & Bill Wojtkowski

A bilingual presentation explaining a new Trevecca grant that offers free mentorship and training to new pastors in the region including conflict resolution using the principles of Crucial Conversations as an example. Eligibility is for all who are performing pastoral duties in the first five years of their ministry whether they are already ordained or in the process of being ordained. (Presentación y explicación de un programa de Trevecca que ofrece mentoría y entrenamiento a nuevos pastores en la región incluido el tema de Resolución de Conflicto, usando como ejemplo los principios de Conversaciones Cruciales. Para este Programa son elegibles quienes hagan trabajo pastoral y estén en los primeros cinco años de su ministerio, ordenados o en el proceso de ser ordenados.)

Inspired Worship - Presenter Mike McAdory 

God’s desire is for His people to worship Him. In this breakout, we will explore what authentic worship looks like, as well as ideas and tools to help us communicate our love for God even better as individuals and as a church body.

NYI - Empowering Leaders - Presenter Nate Barefield

Youth leaders are an important part of our ministries! Join us as we learn about the importance of mentors, teachers, and NYI Presidents in the life of students. In this breakout, you will get ideas to help you lead better as well as recommendations for resources to help you on your leadership journey.

Creating an environment for doing life together - Presenter Rachel Medlin 

Healthy churches love God, love people, and help those who are far from God to find Him. In this breakout, we will discuss how to develop healthy environments that support, minister, and witness to all people no matter their economic status, education level, age, life stage, gender, or race.

NDI - Life is better in circles, not rows - Presenter Tony Lupton

Life is done best as we gather together around tables, with food, and great fellowship not in rows with little or no interaction. In this breakout we will discover how to grow our people by growing in relationships, growing in our knowledge of God’s Word, and growing in loving each other. We will share ideas and resources to help equip NDI Presidents, lifegroup leaders, and Sunday School teachers.