Over 80 people from Regina and area churches attended the inaugural EQUIP event from Total Member Involvement. It was hosted by the Hill Avenue Church and Curtis-Horne Christian School (CHCS) on Oct 22. EQUIP Regina was designed to provide training and resources for a wide variety of outreach, all in service of the new Man-Sask Mission & Vision. There were 13 unique sessions provided on a wide variety of topics led by conference personnel and employees. Popular sessions included “Relational Evangelism”, “Sharing God’s Health Plan for Your Community”, “How To Connect with Guests So They Stay in the Church” and “Ministry Reaching Out into Your Community”.

People travelled from as far away as Maple Creek and Estevan to attend and the response so far has been positive. Terri Bruce, from the Moose Jaw Church, said,

“The highlight of the EQUIP weekend for me was how inspired I was to see so many of our area churches had sent representatives to this event. It showed me that we are not working alone!”

Terri also particularly appreciated the connecting with guests session; “This event was so full of ideas of how to make a church guest feel welcome and WANT to come back. I will be taking these ideas back to our church and telling our members how these simple, thoughtful acts can make a huge difference!”

Tom and Marj Koch from Hill Ave Church enjoyed all the seminars they attended but were especially thankful for other aspects; “What we appreciated was the organization, and how well the sessions were timed. I guess we get used to our church meetings sometimes starting late and running overtime, and that didn’t happen..The sessions were not too long, and very enjoyable and inspiring.”

The entire event would not have been possible without the generous support of Hill Avenue and CHCS Staff.  Special thanks are in store for Pastor Miller and his members, especially the volunteers who put together an tasty fellowship lunch. Principal Savenye and his staff were very accommodating and helpful in the use of their facilities.

The next EQUIP events are in Saskatoon on November 26 and Winnipeg, December 10. Register now and please plan to bring a friend or partner in ministry.