Our Theme last year was EQUIP: Live, Learn and Serve.  That theme served as a launching point for our new conference name.  We will focus on equipping God's people for life within a secular community, learning as individuals and churches how to reflect the love and hope of Christ in effective and practical ways, and growing God's kingdom by equipping christians for effective work in the mission of God.

We are excited about what God has in store for EQUIP in 2016 and how it will build up churches throughout the nation. The dates for 2016 are June 30th - July 3rd


It was just a little over a year ago that we were in Orlando for the 2014 Spiritual Growth Workshop (SGW). The reviews tell us the workshop was a success. For over 30 years SGW has unified, encouraged, and equipped churches in Florida and throughout the southeast. SGW has undergone many changes over the years and last year it was announced that it was time to change the name. From this point forward the Spiritual Growth Workshop will now be known as the Equip Conference.

Why the change? The name was changed to accurately reflect our purpose. The Equip Conference exists to provide a place for Christians to worship, learn, and enjoy the unity of our brotherhood. We also want to equip you for greater service to the Father. We believe that equipping the saints with a solid biblical foundation, the latest tools and information, and a challenge to join God in the redemptive work he is doing on this earth is what the Equip Conference is all about.

In 2016 the Equip Conference theme is “The Harvest.” Our plan is to equip you to do your part in the harvest of souls for God in this broken world. Paul told the Ephesians that one of the main reason leaders exists in the church is to equip and prepare God’s people for works of service (4.11-13) and that without equipping we stay immature in our faith and our works (v. 14). Equip can help get you ready!

Allow me to make a request of you. Please pray for the 2016 Equip Conference and put it on your calendar (June 30-July 3, 2016).

The success of the Equip Conference really comes down to you. Your help is crucial! Jesus told us two things near the end of His time on earth, that the fields are ready to harvest, and that when we join Him in the harvest that He is with us to the “end of the age.” We believe Him, and we look forward to what God has planned for us in Orlando.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in joining a growing number of churches that are supporting the efforts of the Equip Conference, you may contact me at either 352-357-6616 or

In Him,

Phil Barnes

Co-Director, Equip Conference 2016