Iron Sharpens Iron National Men’s Equipping Conference

Wilmington, NC 
March 18, 2023

Host Church: Scotts Hill Baptist Church
185 Scotts Hill Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411

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The Iron Sharpens Iron National One-Day Equipping Conference includes two World Class Keynote Speakers specifically for men. There are 16 seminars from the Best of the Best in Men’s Ministry (see a list of the seminars scheduled at the end of the page). Masculine style worship and Exhibitors with resources just for men. This conference is for men of all ages: Emerging Men (13-19), Pioneering Men (20-29), Full Throttle Men (30-55), Seasoned Men (55+). This one day equipping conference held each year provides vital resources designed to help the church reach and build their men. Training and equipping local churches is the heartbeat of Cape Fear Men who host the Iron Sharpens Iron National One Day Equipping Conference.

Keynote Speakers

Jay Penton

Jay Penton is the founder of Stand Up Men Ministries. Jay  lives in Prattville, Alabama with his beautiful wife Dana of 26 years. They have 2 children. Delaney who is 22, a special needs adult who helps mom at home and Joey who is 20 and attends the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Jay has been in law enforcement most of his adult life. He served as a Military Police in the US Army on both active duty and in the National Guard for 22 years and recently retired after 24 years as an Alabama State Trooper.

Jay has a passion for men’s ministry. Jay was ordained as a deacon in the church in 2009 and answered God’s call to men’s ministry in 2013. He currently serves as Men’s Pastor at Boones Chapel in Prattville, Alabama and assists other churches and men’s ministry organizations as a speaker, coach, teacher and counselor.

Thomas McMillan

Thomas McMillan is committed to strengthening churches and equipping Christian men to engage in meaningful relationships that change lives and build the kingdom of God. He guides leaders through a comprehensive strategy to reach and disciple men, while providing ongoing support and encouragement every step of the way.

Thomas has worked in the Insurance industry for over 20 years.  He serves as an Eldering Pastor at his church and has been actively involved in mentoring, teaching and training ministries in Connecticut.

He and his wife have 3 grown children and 4 precious granddaughters.

“I’m a local pastor, and Iron Sharpen Iron’s vision for man-to-man ministry motivated me to pursue it inside the local church! Here is a true partnership of the local church and the para-church that has awesome potential to transform culture. After my first conference I said, “At last, here is something I can bring home to my flock.” We did, and a men’s ministry is slowly taking shape. Manhood is on the rise. Thanks, ISI!” ~ Pastor Brad Johnston

Pastor Brad Johnston

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Cost:

Early Group Registration: $39.00 (10 or more tickets greater than 10 days before the event)

Early Registration: $44.00 (greater than 10 days before the event)

Late Registration: $59.00 (within 10 days of the event)

Full-time Student (13-22 yrs old)and Active Duty Military: $29.00

Lunch Optional: $10.00 (must be purchased 10 days before the event)

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON REGISTRATIONS. Speakers have committed to ISI. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, substitutions may need to occur. During the conference video and still photographs are taken. Registration constitutes permission for ISI or network ministries to use video and photos taken on site. ISI Conferences will be held regardless of weather conditions. Consequently, there are no refunds due to weather related.

10 Reasons Why I Should Bring My Son To ISI:

  • Great Father and Son Opportunity – ISI is a great FATHER AND SON experience
  • ISI has breakout sessions specifically designed for Teens
  • Plenty of great Bible teaching at Men’s ISI Conferences
  • Other Christian Teens are at ISI with their Dads
  • Your teenage son will be spiritually challenged and encouraged at ISI
  • We have a great worship band at ISI
  • The ISI experience is one he will remember for years
  • ISI is a good reason to turn off their cell phone for Eight Hours!
  • An ISI conference is better than any video game
  • ISI conferences are something you can do with your Son EVERY YEAR.

Breakout Sessions

Essentials of Manhood & Marriage

Being a man is more than just a question of gender. There are some essentials that are required of a male before he can call himself a man and he must also meet those essentials to be the husband God calls him to be.

Jay Penton
Director
Stand Up Ministries
Plattesville, Alabama

W-O-R-K: More Than a 4 Letter Word

You are not necessarily what you do(and when I say what you do I mean your work) however what you do in your work does matter. Does your work define who you are?

Jay Penton
Director
Stand Up Ministries
Plattesville, Alabama

Three Common Mistakes Churches Make

Most every church makes these three mistakes with their men’s ministry. We will look at these mistakes and then see how we can eliminate them to help develop an effective an efficient ministry to men.

Mike Sandlin
Director / Men’s Ministry Consultant
Cape Fear Men
Hampstead, NC

Speaking into the Next Generation

Why is this important and is there Biblical examples of this occurring? When we understand this we may understand why the Biblical word-view has become almost non-existent in today’s world.

Mike Sandlin
Director / Men’s Ministry Consultant
Cape Fear Men
Hampstead, NC

Ten Things You Need to Know about Porn

In this session, Dr. Mark Denison will pull back the scab and get real. You will learn the ten things every church leader and follower of Christ needs to know about pornography. We will discuss triggers and guardrails that every man needs to understand and implement to stay pure. You will also receive a free copy of “Porn in the Pew.”

Mark Denison
Director
There Still Hope
Bradenton, FL

Establishing a Recovery Ministry in Your Church

In this session, Dr. Denison will give you the tools you need in order to implement a recovery ministry in your church. We will discuss resources and strategies to bring your men into a lifetime of recovery. You will also receive a free copy of “Porn in the Pew.”

Mark Denison
Director
There Still Hope
Bradenton, FL

Spiritual Fathering – making disciples of the next generation

This session deals with equipping spiritually mature men to develop relationships with the next generation with the intension of making disciples who make disciples. What are the essentials for becoming an effective Spiritual Father? We will look at Paul’s letters to Timothy and to Titus to give us principles and insight into how it was done.

Kevin Gregory
Area Director
Man in the Mirror
Sanford, NC

God Loves Do-Overs

Our lives may bear the scars of broken relationships, addictions and unforgiveness. But there is hope. God offers each of us a do-over, a fresh start. We do not have to allow our past to define us.

Rex Tignor
Director
Man-Up Ministries
Richmond, VA

Overcoming Procrastination:

Nearly all Christian men struggle with not having enough time! You came to ISI because you want to do the right thing and you want to start now. This session will give you the tools to start spending more time on things that matter. (All age groups)

Rick Grubbs
Founder
Life Changing Seminars
Salisbury, NC

TBD

Will Knetch
American Manufactoring Executive
Wilmington, NC

Building a Marriage to Withstand Life’s Storms:

Every marriage faces difficult seasons. It’s not a question of if your marriage will face trials. It’s a question of when. This seminar will give you tools to help you be prepared for those seasons and recover well after those seasons.

Willie Batson
Author/Speaker/Pastor
W. C. Batson Coaching
Knoxville, TN

Breaking A Myopic Leadership Cycle – Improving our foresight to change our outcomes

In life and leadership there is cycle of living and acting that is shortsighted which implodes our effectiveness as long term, high impact leaders. When we expand our vision and change our leadership habits in light of eternity, significant change and high impact is the outcome.

John Berry
C12 Group
Wilmington, NC

Communication Still Works

Whether a relationship of any kind sinks or swims depends on how well the people involved send and receive messages, how well they say what they mean, and understand what they hear. In this seminar, we will look at three qualities for better communication and three skills to improve communication.

Willie Batson
Author/Speaker/Pastor
W. C. Batson Coaching
Knoxville, TN

Redeeming the Time

Nearly all Christian men struggle with not having enough time! You came to ISI because you want to do the right thing and you want to start now. This session will give you the tools to start spending more time on things that matter. (All age groups)

Rick Grubbs
Founder
Life Changing Seminars
Salisbury, NC

Building the Winning Team to Reach Men

If you are interested in developing a ministry to men in your church, already a leader, or a Pastor this is the session for you. This session will provide leaders with an actionable written plan to build an effective team to reach and disciple the men in their church and community.

Kevin Gregory
Area Director
Man in the Mirror
Sanford, NC

Empowered Relationship Through Athletics

There is no bigger platform for most boys today than athletics and a great opportunity for a father and son to bond. But in reality, it brings friction, strife, and disesteem. Fathers unintentionally and subconsciously put expectations on their boys that lead to conditions on approval and love. This seminar will share challenges and practical applications that enable empowered relationships regardless of athletic results. (Fathers and Sons)

Matt Treppel
Lower NC Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletics
Wilmington, NC

Leading your Adult Children

This is a seminar on the pitfalls, challenges, and rewards of influencing Adult Children well by being there.

Thomas McMillan
Area Director
Man in the Mirror
New Britain, CT

If The Horse Is Dead Dismount

Perhaps you woke up today and thought, I need to make some changes in my life, things are bad. Today we will look at how we can make changes in our lives that won’t kill us.

Rex Tignor
Director
Man-Up Ministries
Richmond, VA

Playing the Back Nine

In golf if you have a bad front nine but you can save your round with a great back nine. Your legacy may not have started out good but as long as you have breath you can turn it around.

Thomas McMillan
Area Director
Man in the Mirror
New Britain, CT

How to Build a Diversified Men’s Ministry

We will discuss the keys to build a men’s ministry that attracts ALL men that will reach across the racial divide and engage diverse men.

Elmo Winters
Executive Director
Kingdom Group
Baton Rouge, LA

Men and Their Health

Learn seven scientifically proven simple steps to a healthier life.

Elmo Winters
Executive Director
Kingdom Group
Baton Rouge, LA

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