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Equip Ministry Camp


You’re invited to apply for the second annual Equip Ministry Camp, hosted by the College of Biblical Studies at Freed-Hardeman University. The camp will take place from Tuesday, May 27, through Friday, May 30, and is open to young men aged 13-19. The mission of the camp is to provide a learning environment for you to study the Word of God, prepare and present lessons, and enhance your ability to minister in a congregational setting. The camp, limited to 48 applicants, will include time with mentors, collaborative preparation for ministry and relationship-building activities. Upon approval, the camp fee for each student is $150. For more information, contact Doug Burleson, Director of Equip Ministry Camp, at dburleson@fhu.edu.

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2024 Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, May 28
  • 9:00-11:30 – Check-in/Registration (hold two classes for early arrivals)
    • 9:30-10:20 – Joe Wells – Why I Preach (early bird class) – Science Lecture Hall
    • 10:30-11:20 – Justin Rogers – Using Biblical Languages (early bird class) – Ibid.
  • 12:00 – Opening Lunch in Gano
  • 1:00-1:50 – God’s Greatest Work (David R. Shannon) – Science Lecture Hall
  • 2:00-4:00 – Lesson Prep Time: Choosing a Text (Rogers and Burleson) – GC 101
  • 5:00-5:50 – Spoken English (H. Graves and L. Warf) – Ayers Aud.
  • 6:00-6:45 – Dinner in GC211 (hosted by the Henderson Church of Christ)
  • 7:00-9:00 – Practicing Taking Responses/Baptizing – Henderson church building
  • 9:30 – Devotional and Dorm Time (Joe Wells) – Sewell Hall
Wednesday, May 29
  • 8:00-8:45 – Breakfast in Sewell
  • 9:00-10:30 – Special Ministry Emphasis: Apologetics (DeWeese & Soko) – Science Lecture Hall
  • 10:30-11:30 – Lesson Prep Time: Outlining the Text (DeBord and Ketchum) – GC101
  • 11:45-12:30 – Lunch (hosted by Henderson church of Christ) – ARC150
  • 1:00-1:50pm – Ministry Question/Answers (Blackwelder, Hatfield, T. Burleson) – Chapel Hall
  • 2:00-3:30pm – Special Ministry Emphasis: Counseling (Fraser) – GC101
  • 4:00-5:50pm – Impromptu Lesson Experience #1 – (Commons, Outdoor Preaching)
  • 6:00-6:45 – Dinner in GC211 (hosted by Estes Church of Christ)
  • 7:00-8:00pm – Preparing the Sermon (Steve Higginbotham) – Ayers
  • 8:00-9:00 – Preaching Games/Ice-Cream – Commons (hosted by Admissions)
  • 9:30 – Devotional and Dorm Time (Jonathan Crowell) – Sewell Hall
Thursday, May 30
  • 8:00-8:45 – Breakfast in Sewell Hall
  • 9:00-10:30 – Special Ministry Emphasis: Contextualization/Balance (Cook & Blackwelder) – Science Lecture Hall
  • 10:30-11:30 – Lesson Prep: Illustrating the Text (D. Jenkins and J. Jenkins) – GC101
  • 11:45-12:30 – Lunch in Gano
  • I1:00-1:50pm – Ministry Question/Answers (B. Smith, Higginbotham, Moore) – Chapel Hall
  • 2:00-3:30pm – Special Ministry Emphasis: Leadership Problem-Solving (D. Burleson, D. South) – GC101
  • 3:45-4:30pm – The Basics of Songleading (N. Kitchen) – Science Lecture Hall
  • 4:45-5:50pm – Impromptu Lesson Experience #2 – (Baseball field, P.A. preaching)
  • 6:00-6:45 – Dinner in GC211 (hosted by South Jackson Church of Christ)
  • 7:00-8:00pm – Delivering the Sermon (Hiram Kemp) – Ayers
  • 8:00-9:00 – Preaching Games/Snacks – Commons (hosted by Admissions)
  • 9:30 – Devotional and Dorm Time (Rick Brumback) – Sewell Hall
Friday, May 31
  • 8:00-8:45 – Breakfast in Sewell Hall
  • 9:00-9:30  – Morning Devotional (T. J. Kirk)
  • 9:30-11:00 – Lesson Presentations in Ayers and Chapel Hall
  • 11:30 – Closing Luncheon, Awards, Charge (Rogers & D. Burleson)

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I Eligible to attend?

Equip Ministry Camp is limited to no more than forty-eight 13-19 year old teen boys. The camp directors will select no more than 48 of the applicants based on the nature of the materials submitted including the camp application, the 500-word essay on the applicants ministry goals, and the recommendations received for the individual applicant.

What will classes be like?

Classes will be taught by FHU College of Biblical Studies faculty and other invited guests. You will learn about four areas of ministry: biblical interpretation, preparing and delivering lessons, apologetics and community engagement. Each participant will present a lesson on the last day of the camp, which teachers and mentors will help each participant to prepare for during the week.

What should I bring/wear?

You will need to bring: a pillow, twin-bed linens (extra-long), towels, toiletries, swim trunks, a Bible and a notebook. Participants must follow FHUs dress code policy found on pages 29-30 of the FHU student handbook at the Student Handbook.

Where will I be staying?

All the young men will be staying on the same floor in Sewell for the week.

How much will it cost?

The fee for Equip Ministry Camp is $150.

Meet Our Program Coordinator

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Douglas Burleson

Assistant Dean, College of Biblical Studies / Associate Professor of Bible / Director, Annual Bible Lectureship