Workshops

Workshops

We are pleased to offer a number of workshop options at Equip Study Conference 2017. Please check back on this page frequently as we continue to add new topics and speakers.

TED-style talks

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Bringing Joy to the Spiritual Disciplines – Kristal Toews
Psalm 1 tells us that some people grow into trees “planted by streams of water…whose leaf does not wither” (v. 3), while others become “chaff that the wind blows away” (v. 4). Stability and fruitfulness spring from delighting in and meditating on God’s Word (v. 2). This TED-style Talk explores the question: How can we cultivate this delight?

Kristal Toews is the pastor of women’s ministry at Northview Community Church. She loves teaching the Bible and fanning into flame the teaching and leadership gifts of others. Kristal is married to Bob, and they have three children aged 17, 19 and 21.
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Developing a Culture of Prayer in Your Church Phil Collins
Building a prayer culture demands leadership. Who should build the culture within a local church? There is talk about revival and 24/7 prayer movements, yet few churches are able to harness this enthusiasm. Pastor Phil Collins believes there is one leader who can change this. If the pastors lead, the church will follow; if the pastors pray, the church will pray. What then are the steps for building a strong prayer culture?

Phil Collins is the Senior Pastor of Willow Park Church in Kelowna. Phil and Michelle and their four children emigrated from the UK seven and half years ago. Phil’s previous roles include CEO for a National Arts missions agency, National Evangelist for Youth for Christ and the Senior Pastor at Chawn Hill Church in Stourbridge. Phil earned his Masters from Gloucestershire University in Leadership and Practical Theology.

Family Spiritual PracticesHeather Neufeld and Dwight Stephen
How can fathers and mothers equip their children to be passionate Christ-followers and disciple-makers? A gifted children’s pastor and a faithful stay-at-home mom will share some of their best contributions to developing spiritual practices among parents and kids. This panel presentation also includes a time for responding to questions from the floor.

Heather Neufeld is an active leader and volunteer in her community and she knows she was created for the pleasure and fruitfulness of her Heavenly Father. She experiences fruitful discipleship as she invests in relationships and gathering people for celebration. Her life-long interest and personal commitment are to practices that build and strengthen spiritual formation. Along with her husband Larry, she has served MB Mission in prayer resourcing. Heather looks forward to sharing the stories and practices that shape her prayers and her life in Christ.

Dwight Stephen is the pastor of children’s ministry at Northview Community Church. He has a passion for equipping parents to fulfill their duties as spiritual leaders to their children and for introducing young people to the love of Christ. Dwight and his wife Amanda have three beautiful children. Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 78 are foundational to his approach in ministering to parents.

4 Disciple-Making Paradigms

Paradigm 1 – Discipleship on Mission (MB Mission Paradigm) – Phil Wagler
MB Mission focuses every day on multiplying healthy disciples and missional leaders. We are convinced the church on mission depends on vibrant Christ-like discipleship sourced in the Spirit, rooted in team, life-on-life modelling by disciple-makers, understanding – not simply knowledge – of what is taught through experiential practice, and debriefing this practice to facilitate lasting life transformation.

Phil Wagler and his wife Jen have six children and live in Surrey, BC. Phil represents MB Mission where he has served in areas of training and mobilization since 2014. Prior to this time, Phil and Jen served in pastoral and Bible College ministries in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.
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Paradigm 2 – Developing a Strategic Approach to Discipleship in the Church (MB Seminary Paradigm) – Randy Wollf
In this TED-style talk, we will look at a holistic process for making disciples that involves churches growing in 11 key areas. This strategic pathway of discipleship attempts to integrate a biblical view of discipleship, current best practices and an understanding of contemporary Canadian cultures.

Randy Wollf was a pastor, church planter and missionary for 20 years before taking on his current role as a leadership and practical theology professor at MB Seminary (Langley). He also directs MinistryLift, the seminary’s non-credit training arm. Randy, Lore and their four children attend South Langley MB Church.
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Paradigm 3 – Disciple-Making Paradigm (VantagePoint3 Paradigm) – Rob Loane
It has been said that “the church in North America is 3000 miles wide and half an inch deep.” VantagePoint3 partners with leaders who recognize the need for discipleship to go deeper and are looking for ways to more fully develop the adults in their context. For more than 15 years, our VantagePoint3 Pathway has proven to invite a holistic discipleship and development. Our gripping concern: What sort of pathway and presence is required to invite a deeper discipleship and adult development?

Rob Loane serves with VantagePoint3, a ministry seeking to help people discover more deeply who God is, who they are and what God desires to do through them. He is co-author of Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (InterVarsity, 2012). He and his family live in Sioux Falls, SD.
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Paradigm 4 – 4 Chair Disciple-making- Jean Milliken
Jesus lived purposefully and strategically to implement a movement of multiplication that would not fail. This movement continues through those who understand and become a part of the reproducing disciple-making process.

Jean Milliken is the founder and executive director of Soul Thirst DiscipleMaking Ministry. She is passionate about connecting people to the life and mission of Jesus. Jean trains and equips people to live out Jesus’ priorities and purposes by “making disciples who make disciples.” Jean resides in the greater Seattle area and is an influencer locally, regionally and nationally. She speaks at churches, conferences and colleges throughout North America, and on radio by request in the greater New York area. Jean is also the Sonlife North American Women in Ministry director and has been an associate pastor in two churches in Washington and Oregon. 

Discipling the Mature BelieverIngrid Reichard
Many Christ-followers – and even church leaders – believe where they are with Jesus is all there is. Unaware that spiritual development follows discernable stages, their spiritual growth and that of their members may stall. There is power in understanding the stages from conversion, through early growth and Kingdom service, to a deepening Christ-centred life of shalom and blessing. With this knowledge, disciples and churches can become more intentional about growth and better equipped to facilitate it in others. Ingrid will outline the stages of Christian spiritual development and the growth needs at each stage, focusing on mature believers: those who have been Christ-followers for 25 years or longer and demonstrate spiritual maturity. She will share how Glencairn MB Church has implemented an effective model for deepening this group of disciples.

Ingrid Reichard’s ministry has always focused on the development and deepening of Christ’s followers. She served as a full time bible teacher and Executive Director of Solid Ground Bible Study Ministries, as a Lead Pastor of The Dwelling Place MB church, and is currently serving as the Pastor of Development at Glencairn MB church in Kitchener. Ingrid’s studies at Heritage Seminary and at McMaster Divinity College centered on biblical studies with a focus on the Old Testament. Ingrid has a DMin in Spiritual Formation from Tyndale, where she has also been trained as a spiritual director in the evangelical tradition. Ingrid and Scott have been married for 28 years and have two grown sons.

Knowing and Being Known – Discipleship and Millennials –  Jeremy Walker
Have you ever encountered the fear associated with genuine disclosure – either your own or someone else’s? At all stages of discipleship, increasing maturity requires us to engage in authentic relationships where we know and are known. To this end, Jeremy will explore the role of authenticity and how to create a culture of safety and accountability when engaging discipleship and millennials.

Jeremy Walker lives in Abbotsford, B.C., with his wife Christina and their three children. He has had the wonderful privilege of walking alongside young adults for 17 years and is a faculty member at Columbia Bible College where he directs the Quest program. Taking students into creation and fostering lifelong discipleship continue to be his driving passions.
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Preaching to Transform, not to ModifyJeff Bucknam
What are the characteristics of preaching that packs a discipling punch? This short address will seek to convince us to abandon passionless, lightly applied and gospel-absent sermons for the sake of growing those the Lord has planted in our gardens.

Jeff Bucknam is the lead pastor of Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C. He is a transplanted son of a Canadian mother: he grew up in the United States and arrived at Northview by way of New Zealand. He loves theology, a good discussion and several underperforming sports teams.
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The 5 Catalysts of a Disciple-Making Small Group Randy Wollf
Are you interested in taking your small group ministry to the next level? Using current research involving 200 churches in several countries, we will explore five catalysts of disciple-making small groups that regularly see people accept Christ, increase in size and multiply into additional groups.

Randy Wollf was a pastor, church planter and missionary for 20 years before taking on his current role as a leadership and practical theology professor at MB Seminary (Langley). He also directs MinistryLift, the seminary’s non-credit training arm. Randy, Lore and their four children attend South Langley MB Church.

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The Parable of the Backward Brain Bike – Paul Kroeker
If discipleship is an informational download and good theology is the metric of change, why have we failed to make disciples who make disciples? Using a bicycling exercise, you’ll see how muscle memory beats your brain, just like culture eats theology for breakfast. Discover how your church can multiply disciples who love like Jesus.

Paul D. Kroeker works with the C2C Network as the National Intercultural Mobilizer. The focus of his assignment is to help raise the capacity within the C2C Network to effectively multiply disciples and churches among new Canadians and First Nations people. Paul and Arlene live in Winnipeg and have two adult children, Tamara and Cameron.

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Workshops

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4 Skills to Help People Take Their Next Discipleship Step – Randy Wollf
In this workshop, we will learn and practice four skills for turning any conversation into a disciple-making opportunity in a natural, conversational way. The four skills are listening actively, asking excellent questions, focusing on what is most important and empowering people to take next steps.

Randy Wollf was a pastor, church planter and missionary for 20 years before taking on his current role as a leadership and practical theology professor at MB Seminary (Langley). He also directs MinistryLift, the seminary’s non-credit training arm. Randy, Lore and their four children attend South Langley MB Church.
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Christ-Centred Approach to Youth MinistryJon Cleland
Should youth ministry be centred around entertainment and focused on the goal of mass conversion? Or, should it to be Christ-centred and focused on making disciples? This workshop will explore practical ways to achieve the latter, giving ideas for how youth ministry can become more relational and inspire long-lasting impact.

Jon Cleland has one foot in seminary and one foot in the local church. As a current TA and student, Jon enjoys researching the finer details of theology. As a youth pastor at Glencairn Church, he applies what he studies by running weekly youth and young adult ministries, watching sporting events, going out for coffee and offering Christ-centred teaching. Jon is married to Laura, and they’re expecting their first child in January.

Discipling Your Board and Staff TeamsChris Stevens
Although we can all learn from Fortune 500 companies and great CEOs trying to grow a business, the church is a spiritual organization, meant to be led by Jesus through a people who are attuned to him. Developing spiritual leadership is more of an art than a step-by-step process, but there are things we can implement to get us moving in the right direction. Come explore steps to take in developing the board and staff under your leadership to be a people transformed by Jesus Christ with faith to change the world

Chris Stevens is a passionate Jesus follower, father of two active preteen girls and husband to Adrienne. He has degrees in commerce, psychology and theology and master-level courses in finance and leadership (Arrow Leadership Program). In 2007, Chris was recognized as one of the “Top 35 Christian Leaders Under 35″ in Canada. The lead pastor of Waterloo MB Church, he shepherds 21 staff, leading out of his experience at the TD Bank, in the federal government, on the staff team at David Mainse’s former church and in an entrepreneurial church plant in Ottawa. Chris has served as an Ontario MB leadership board member, as an advisor to three denominational leaderships and as a speaker at many conferences across Canada and beyond.

Engaging Tough Discipleship QuestionsKate Reid
Discipleship is not always flowery, feel-good moments. As we engage in open, vulnerable relationships, we will sometimes experience confusion and pain. Together, let’s discuss effective strategies and resources, the big questions you’re facing and the role of the Holy Spirit, and spend time praying for those we are discipling.

Kate Reid’s life is fast paced! She loves spending time riding bike, baking, hiking and having people over. Kate shares her life with her husband Jordan and daughter Hadley. She has spent the last nine years in various roles at Camp Likely, the past four as camp director. Kate is a recent graduate of Columbia Bible College.
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Evangelism and DiscipleshipBill Hogg
What is the relationship between evangelism and discipleship? Could our discipleship challenges be the result of a deficient evangelism and a defective “gospel”? How does our understanding of conversion shape our approach to discipleship? This workshop will consider these questions and weigh the relationship between evangelism and discipleship.

Bill Hogg’s passion is proclaiming the beauty, power and truth of the good news of Jesus and equipping others to do the same. He is available to coach leaders, church plants and established faith communities to follow Jesus into their mission fields. A former radio host, Bill has served as a pastor, professor, evangelist and movie extra! He launched Youth for Christ in his native Scotland and conducted doctoral research on leadership approaches to the missional renewal of established congregations. An evangelism instructor with Arrow Leadership, he has published books on prayer and youth culture and is currently writing an evangelism primer. Bill is married to the girl of his dreams, Morag, and has two amazing adult children, Naomi and Peter. He likes English Premier League Football (“soccer” to North American Philistines) and admits to being a fan of “Master Chef” and “Kitchen Nightmares.” Bill enjoys grocery shopping and browsing in bookstores while savouring gourmet coffee.

Growing Your Prayer Life – Heather Neufeld
We usually recognize growth by sight: plants grow taller, children become smarter and teams experience greater success. But growth becomes more challenging to perceive and evaluate when the data we have is less familiar, such as growth in our prayer lives. This workshop will help you recognize, welcome and celebrate those less-familiar growth patterns unique to our prayer lives, as well as introduce some new ways to cultivate growth in prayer.

Heather Neufeld is an active leader and volunteer in her community and she knows she was created for the pleasure and fruitfulness of her Heavenly Father. She experiences fruitful discipleship as she invests in relationships and gathering people for celebration. Her life-long interest and personal commitment are to practices that build and strengthen spiritual formation. Along with her husband Larry, she has served MB Mission in prayer resourcing. Heather looks forward to sharing the stories and practices that shape her prayers and her life in Christ.

Helping People Listen to GodSteve Klassen
Attend this workshop if you want to practice listening for God’s voice in your life. Five common ways of listening to God will be explored; listening through Scripture, listening to God at work around us in the circumstances of life, listening through our hearts, listening in silence and solitude, and listening to God in community. We will make space during this workshop to listen together and enjoy what unfolds as we do.

Steve Klassen and his wife, Evy, have given leadership to the MARK Centre (www.markcentre.org) from its inception. They believe that God speaks to people today in a variety of ways, and have written a collection of their stories in Your Ears Will Hear. They love to guide people in listening experiences and facilitate short retreats. Steve is a trained Spiritual Director and meets with individuals for monthly sessions. Steve speaks publicly, dramatizing stories from Mark that highlight God’s love for people. Steve and Evy have six children and a daughter-in-law.

Implementing an Effective Healing Discipleship Ministry in Your ChurchKen Dyck
Healing-discipleship is one of the most important and difficult ministries of the church. The people around us are more “broken” than we’re willing to admit: one in four women and one in seven men have been abused; the Christian divorce rate is around 25%; pornography, perfectionism, people-pleasing, depression, alcoholism, fear, and shame are all on the rise. Sermons, Bible studies, counselling, and even recovery programs are not enough. Learn critical lessons that will help you launch an effective healing-discipleship ministry that will transform the DNA of your church and offer hope to those you are called to serve.

Ken Dyck is the author of Freedom Session and Authentic Living and the executive director of Freedom Session International Ministries. He has served as a pastor for over 25 years and is currently the Pastor of Discipleship & Leadership Development at Village Church in Greater Vancouver. Ken has been married to Bonnie for 34 years and they enjoy spending time with their amazing adult children and spouses.

Make Disciples the Jesus Way in any Culture Trever Godard
One reason we don’t see more disciples who act like Jesus is that we aren’t training them the way Jesus trained his 12. Along with the command to make disciples of all nations, Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” The message of the incarnation is inextricably linked with the method. This workshop focuses on Jesus’ incarnational discipleship model: exploring Jesus’ key actions seldom found in disciple making today and how these methods have worked in Colombia and Mexico.

Trever Godard (with his wife Joan) are MB Mission workers and founding directors of the Matthew Training Center, Guadajalara, Mexico. After serving Youth for Christ in Saskatoon, they sensed the call to cross-cultural mission. Trever pursued a master of divinity in missions from MB Seminary, Fresno. The Godards’ first cross-cultural assignment (1987-2001) was starting the discipleship and training ministry MIJUCO (Youth Mission Colombia). They returned to Canada in 2001 to teach at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., where Trever was missions director. The Godards have served in Mexico since in 2005.

Pastoral Care as Discipleship through Life’s ChallengesGloria Woodland
Poet Robert Frost wrote, “the best way out is always through.” When others in the community of faith are going through life’s challenges, we as sojourners are called to come alongside and assist them. This presentation will focus on how to journey with those who are going through difficulty, so that our pastoral care facilitates their abiding in Christ, growing in faith and bearing of fruit.

Gloria Woodland is assistant professor of chaplaincy studies and spiritual care at MB Seminary and chaplaincy program director for ACTS Seminaries. In addition to her academic roles, she has had the privilege of presenting at national and international conferences. Passionate about spiritual care, Gloria believes that pastoral care within the community of faith strengthens disciples to abide and serve.

Practicing Hospitality: Making Your Home a Disciple-Making Hub Dennis & Mistin Wilkinson
Hospitality has been defined as making strangers into friends. Hospitality is built into the very fabric of what it means to be a Christian. When someone makes a stranger a friend, they welcome that new friend into a shared life. The result of hospitality is belonging, which opens the door for belief like nothing else can. Belonging happens in a place and through an experience. This workshop will explore the home as the most fertile ground for the transformation of strangers into friends and shared meals as this transformation’s greatest enhancer.

Dennis and Mistin Wilkinson love Jesus and are passionate about seeing God’s love spread through intentional living in the rhythms of everyday life. Their adventure of planting a church in downtown Vancouver’s West End began in 2011. Their experience of moving into a largely unchurched neighbourhood as a family – armed with prayer, faithful presence and intentional everyday living – is the source of many of their stories.

Singing as Discipleship: Gifts and Pitfalls – Andrew Dyck
For several decades, MB congregations have described singing primarily as “praise and worship.” In the past, however, they also sang to recall their conversions, to evangelize, to bring comfort, and to teach doctrine. This workshop will tell the stories behind these perspectives (and more) to consider how a congregation’s singing can nurture faithful discipleship.

As part of Andrew Dyck’s recent doctoral dissertation, he explored Mennonite Brethren accounts (from 1860 to the present) of encountering God in singing. Andrew is Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies for MB Seminary at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. Andrew and Martha Dyck enjoy their 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and granddaughter.
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Spiritual Growth through Life Journaling Rob Thiessen
Spiritual growth and the Word of God go hand in hand, but many Christians struggle to maintain a consistent discipline or habit of time with God in Scripture. In this workshop, I want to share with you a simple habit of discipleship that will help you and others grow and mature in Christ. Life Journaling can transform your personal devotional life and serve as a great platform to walk with others in discipleship. Bring your Bible, a pen and an open heart and join me for this experiential workshop.

Rob Thiessen has served as BCMB conference minister since 2012. Previously, he served as pastor of North Langley Community Church for 17 years and Orchard Park Bible Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for seven years. Rob’s heart is to see the BCMB family of churches alive in Christ and on mission in their communities. He is a firm believer that the local church, when working right, is a powerful witness to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

The 7 Core Values of Millennials Geoff Kullman
Have you noticed? Millennials (born between 1980–2000) are leaving the church at a record pace! For a pastor or church leader, it’s a frustrating and worrying trend, isn’t it? But before you can build any strategy or action plan to counteract the downward trend, you first need to understand who millennials are and how they see the world around them. So, let’s build our knowledge of the largest generation in North America!

Geoff Kullman is a pastor at an exciting, vibrant church in Metro Vancouver that’s growing across all generations, but especially with millennials. He is the founder of Millennial Consulting and creator of Millennial University, an online learning platform designed for pastors to grow their understanding of the millennial generation. Geoff and his wife have three energetic and inquisitive boys.

Pastors Discipling for Leadership Rob Thiessen
When Jesus called his disciples, he was preparing the leaders who would carry the mission and lead the church after his ascension. In our generation, who is discipling leaders for the church and mission? Our schools and institutions play a critical role, but if pastors are not investing intentional energy and focus to discern and equip leaders, our churches will flounder and we may lose our opportunity to join God in his great gospel mission. This workshop will use a panel discussion and Q&A format to explore ways that pastors can more effectively develop leaders.

Rob Thiessen has served as BCMB conference minister since 2012. Previously, he served as pastor of North Langley Community Church for 17 years and Orchard Park Bible Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for seven years. Rob’s heart is to see the BCMB family of churches alive in Christ and on mission in their communities. He is a firm believer that the local church, when working right, is a powerful witness to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

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