“…equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:12-13

On Saturday 3rd June 2017 the CEF® of Ireland Multimedia Department will be hosting the Equip Conference where our goal is to equip you to be more effective in your ministry.

The Equip Conference is for anyone who has a desire to be more effective in ministry. Areas covered will be pastoral care, children’s ministry, how to study the Bible and worship ministry.

We invite you to be with us on 3rd June where you will experience worship with other believers, and be equipped to be more effective as you serve God.


Emmanuel Church
23a Castle Lane
Lurgan, Co. Armagh
BT67 9BD

3rd June 2017

10.00am - 3.15pm

FREE (including breakfast and lunch)! You just need to register.

To register, click on the 'register' button which will take you to the booking site.


10:00am – Registration & Breakfast

11:00am – General Session

11:45am - Tea/Coffee

12:00 noon – Selective Seminars (Pastoral Care 1, Children's Ministry 1, How to study the Bible)

12:45pm – Lunch

1:45pm – Selective Seminars (Pastoral Care 2, Children's Ministry 2, Worship Ministry)

2:45pm – Closing Worship

3:15pm - Home

Struggling to get up for 11am?! Feel free to join us for the afternoon sessions.

Selective Seminars

Morning Session

  • Pastoral Care 1 - Group/Team Dynamics
  • Jesus chose 12 men to be His disciples - His team if you will. Each of the disciples had unique personalities and characteristics which created some interesting dynamics. This session will explore and describe the effects that different roles and behaviours have on other members of the group and on the group as a whole.

  • How to study the Bible - Dig into God's Word
  • For many, studying the Bible can be a daunting task. For that reason many people read, but do not really dig into God's Word. In this session you will learn some easy steps to help you dig deeper, learn what the passage means in context, and then how to apply the passage to your life.

  • Children's Ministry 1 - Looking deeper into Children's Ministry
  • This session will be super helpful for anyone involved in children's ministry.

    Afternoon Session

  • Pastoral Care 2 - How to love people you don't like
  • Everyone has people in their lives that we find difficult. There are those people (sometimes even the children we minister to) that are a "thorn in our flesh". We all know the Biblical teaching that we are to "love our neighbour as ourselves" or "love your enemies." How do you love someone you find very difficult to even like? This session will explore some practical ways to love those we don't like.

  • Children's Ministry 2 - Looking deeper into Children's Ministry
  • This session will highlight the difficulties that you can face in Children's Ministry.

  • Worship Ministry - Advice and help for music ministry in your Church

  • Do you want to bring your children along?

    No problem! A supervised kids programme will be available from 11:00am - 3:15pm.

    To register your children, please email jillcr@cefireland.com to let us know they are coming.

    About our Conference Speakers

    Neil Gilliland

    Neil is married to Sheila. They have one married daughter Hannah who is 26 years old and a 4 year old grandson. Neil and Sheila served as house parents at the Trula Cronk Home for Children in East Tennessee. For eight years, they served under Free Will Baptist International Missions as missionaries in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa as dorm parents at a boarding school for missionary children. Neil has completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology. In 2001, Neil became the Director of Member Care at Free Will Baptist International Missions (FWBIM). Since January 2010, he has served as a Member Care consultant for FWBIM and adjunct professor (Welch Bible College). He is also an online professor for Liberty University.

    Carrie Hawkins

    Married to Corey for 10 years. They have two wonderful kids Mayer (7) and Piper (3). Graduated from Welch Bible College with a double major in Music Business & Biblical studies. Received her Masters degree in education from Trevecca University. She's taught in Nashville public schools for over 10 years. Carrie is actively involved in children's ministry and has lots of creative ideas about teaching the Bible to children.

    Corey Hawkins

    Married to Carrie and has two lovely kids. He received his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Welch Bible College and his Masters degree in Church Music from Belmont University. He has served in ministry for 10 years as Worship Pastor at The Donelson Fellowship (Nashville).


    What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

    Take a left turn off High Street, Lurgan into Castle Lane (where Emmanuel Church is situated). You will notice a public car park on your right where the church is. This is a public car park, so if you are parking here remember to use the Pay & Display meters. There is a FREE car park nearby. To get to it, proceed down Castle Lane and take the first road on your left, Wellington St, and a short distance along you will see a public car park on your left. Park towards the upper section of this and then retrace your steps by foot back to Emmanuel Church.

    The church is located close to Bus links and Lurgan Train Station.

    How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

    To answer any of your questions just drop us an email: jillcr@cefireland.com.

    We hope to see you there!!