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 this 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 The Alliance.

Leaders must be learners, and these courses will provide you 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 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 Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean.


EquippingU Live

With EquippingU LIVE, you’ll join with 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.

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EquippingU Live: Church Growth in a COVID World

At first, we hunkered down and hoped it would blow over. Now, we are realizing that COVID is part of the fabric of our modern society. Yet with the six-feet rule, stress over regulations, local outbreaks, and online services, what does the landscape for the Church of today look like? More importantly, how can local churches continue to reach the lost, disciple people to maturity, and prepare the church for growth in the ever-present shadow of COVID? Join us as we talk about ways the local church can thrive in uncertain times.

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Your Host: Rich Birch

Rich Birch is passionate about helping churches reach people for Jesus. He has over 20 years of pastoral ministry in some of the pioneer multisite churches of North America. He has served with The Meeting House in Toronto, Connexus Church in Ontario, and Liquid Church in New Jersey. He has a weekly blog and podcast—unseminary.com—that helps you with stuff they teach in seminary, and he is the author of Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged, Saw More Impact Because of It, and Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church.


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.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

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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 attending 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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