EquippingU is a collection of leadership tools designed specifically to equip Alliance pastors and leaders as they live spiritually healthy lives and successfully lead healthy C&MA churches.

EquippingU will help you to develop strong, vibrant churches that effectively reach diverse peoples in your community for Jesus. You will receive spiritual fuel to avoid burnout and proven safeguards to enable you to stand strong and lead well in the face of temptation.

Who Is EquippingU For?

Every Alliance pastor and church leader is invited to participate in three equipping programs featuring experienced practitioners and gifted communicators—from inside and outside of The Alliance.

Leaders must be learners, and these courses will provide you with multi-faceted opportunities to grow and be stretched in your personal life and ministry capacities. By God’s grace, the U.S. Alliance will continue to be a movement led by healthy, growing pastors and leaders who multiply disciples, workers, leaders, and healthy churches to advance God’s Kingdom in local communities and to the ends of the earth.


EquippingU Podcast

The EquippingU Podcast is designed to provide Alliance pastors and leaders with lively and helpful discussions related to living spiritually healthy lives while leading healthy churches. Each of these interviews will underline priorities and values vital to healthy leaders and churches. Each season will offer a wide range of topics to equip, encourage, and challenge you as a pastor or leader. Listen today on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and/or Podbean.

New EquippingU Podcast episodes are released on the 15th and 30th of every month.

Video Podcast Now Available

You can now watch a video version of the podcast on our YouTube channel.

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EquippingU Live

With EquippingU Live, you’ll join a local group of pastors and leaders to connect via a live online streaming presentation. We’ll provide an interactive Q&A session and encourage you to process it with your group.

Two Live events will be held annually—one related to effectiveness in ministry and leadership and the other designed to enhance the leader’s emotional, spiritual, and marital health.

Upcoming EquippingU Live Session:


Achieving Maximum Results Through the Proper Connection

Date: April 18, 2024

Church leadership is a tension between the tangible and the mystical. We are culturally conditioned to believe that we must produce more if we are to be successful leaders of the Church. Jesus gives us a better way. He provides the method and the means to thrive in church leadership and accelerate a movement that matters. This seminar will explore the calling to “remain in Jesus” and how that mystical calling is the key for our tangible efforts as we equip the church to participate in God’s mission.

Your Host: Dr. Jack Pladdys, Regional Director for the Alliance Southeast District

Jack is the husband of Amanda and father to Rachel, Annabelle, and Abby. Jack has served in vocational ministry for over 23 years and is currently the church revitalization director for the Alliance Southeast. His passion has always been to help people connect with God so they can experience the rich and satisfying life found in Jesus. Jack believes the Church can and should be the most transformational organization in the world and that each person in the Church must be equipped to participate in God’s mission. Jack completed the ministerial studies program in 2006 and was ordained in 2008. He achieved an undergraduate degree from Crown College, a Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. In his free time, you can find Jack shooting hoops, enjoying the beach, playing music, or just hanging out with his friends and family.

Previous Sessions

We've made it easy for you to access all of the previous EquippingU Live sessions.

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EquippingU Dynamic Influence

EquippingU Dynamic Influence is a two-year training track for pastors and leaders of Alliance churches with 200 or fewer people in attendance. Participants will meet online for four two-hour sessions each year. The training will cover timely topics including how small churches can grow during a pandemic.  We are here to help pastors in small churches find resources, lead well, and help their churches thrive.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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EquippingU Maximum Impact

EquippingU Maximum Impact equips, coaches, and networks Alliance lead pastors to maximize the impact of their local churches by tending to the nine essential elements of a healthy, thriving church as highlighted by the PEAK Assessment. Over a three-year period, coaches and cohorts will meet monthly for nine months of the year and annually for a two-day summit in November.

The three outcomes of EquippingU Maximum Impact are:
Transformation: The pastor is experiencing significant paradigm shifts.
Translation: The pastor is communicating the paradigm shifts to his congregation and community.
Transference: The pastor is applying what he is learning to help his congregation grow and reach the greater community for Christ.

Email [email protected] for more information.

EquippingU Community

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