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Equipped Conference 2023

October 13 - October 14

Mental Health and Discipleship Conference

This conference is for equipping pastors, lay leaders, counselors and anyone interested in being  a better discipler.
It examines encouraging others to grow in the Christian Faith in the context of the brokenness of our world and the realities of mental health challenges.


1. To encourage Christians to return to a holistic approach to discipleship.

2. To explore our own brokenness as it relates to discipling others. 

3. To equip the attendees with confidence and the tools to come alongside those struggling  with addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma.  

ATTENTION: All attendees will need to choose a track to follow during the three workshops. You must attend all three sessions of that topic! A. Mental Health, B. Healing Discipleship, or C. Living in an Addicted World.

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Friday (Evening) 

7:00 Worship

7:15 Opening welcome/ instructions/housekeeping

7:20 Plenary #1 – Ken Dyck
Discipleship…and in a Broken World
What is Discipleship? Is discipleship broken?
Why is discipleship so needed in this world of brokenness?
Exposing the gap b/w what Jesus promised and Christians experience

8:20 Testimony – TBA

8:40 Snacks

Saturday  (Morning)

8:45 Worship

8:55 Announcements

9:00 Plenary #2 –  Josh Kruse

Mental Health: Contemporary Craze or Ministry Opportunity?
Everyone is talking about mental health.  Can the church offer more than talk?
Understanding the relationship between mental health and discipleship
Understanding the challenges of addressing mental health in the context of discipleship

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Workshops #1

Mental Health_1:  Josh Kruse
“How We Can All Minister to People Struggling with Mental Health”

Healing Discipleship_1:  Ken Dyck
“A Gospel that Includes Healing”

Living in an Addicted World_1: Richard Evans & T.J. Mackenzie
“Understanding the theology and psychology behind addiction.”

11:30 Lunch Break

Saturday  (Afternoon)

1:00 Workshops #2

Mental Health_2:  Josh Kruse
“Real Issues and Real Tools: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma & Relationships”

Healing Discipleship_2:  Ken Dyck
“Experience a Freedom ‘Session’“

Living in an Addicted World_2: Richard Evans & T.J. Mackenzie
“The Cycle of Shame and Disconnection: Discovering the trap that keeps us enslaved.”

2:00 coffee / water available.  Not an official break

2:20 Workshops  #3

Mental Health_3:  Josh Kruse
“Crafting your Mental Health Map:  Where to go from here?”

Healing Discipleship_3:  Ken Dyck
“Launching an Effective Healing-Discipleship Ministry”

Living in an Addicted World_3: Richard Evans & T.J. Mackenzie
“Braving the uncomfortable: Developing vulnerability, healing, and connection.”

3:45 Panel Discussion  (50 minutes ending at 4:30ish) – Hosted by KARN

Conference participants can text in questions during the conference to 587-321-KARN.
Panel participants are those presenting workshops.


October 13
October 14
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