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

Jerry Boykin

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President. He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, William Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. In all, Lt. Gen. Boykin spent 36 years in the army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become warriors in God’s Kingdom. William and his wife Ashley enjoy spending time with their five children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Bill Paige

Bill Paige is a gifted, passionate speaker whose broad appeal is anchored in a depth of life experience that includes 20 years of police and detective work in and around the New York City metropolitan area. In addition, Bill served 14 years as the associate chaplain at Children’s Village, working with emotionally disturbed boys in the city, as well as 18 years of senior leadership in Young Life. Bill serves currently as Vice President of Field Ministries in the Eastern & Greater New York Divisions of Young Life.

“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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Early Group Registration: $34.00 (10 or more tickets greater than 10 days before the event)

Early Registration: $39.00 (greater than 10 days before the event)

Late Registration: $49.00 (within 10 days of the event)

Full-time Student (13-22 yrs old)and Active Duty Military: $19.00

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

Leave Your Baggage at the Door:

 This is about the baggage we bring with us when we come to Christ “just like we are.” He loves us the way we are, but He refuses to leave us that way!!

Bill Paige
Young Life
New Jersey
Jerry Boykin Family Research
Council Virginia

Conflict: It Doesn’t Have To Be A Combat!

Conflict happens every day; the difference is the way you handle it. This seminar will look at the word Conflict and give you tools to handle it well.

Larry Leak
Just Stand Firm Ministries Springfield,

Reclaiming Sex: Exploring Biblical Sexuality:

In the 1960s, the sexual revolution came to a head, teaching one primary message: Sex and sexual exploration are the primary means to attain freedom. The church’s response revealed a confusing and problematic vision for sex. This seminar will look at setting the record straight and shed light on the beauty of God’s design and how we might rightfully enjoy it.

Marshall Shank
Proven Man Ministries
Lynchburg, Va

Survive and Thrive Beyond Your Divorce and Help Someone You Love Get Through It:

This seminar will tackle the unique challenges facing divorcing or divorced men and help pastors, friends, and family help divorced men get through it.

Dale Brown
Men’s Divorce Recovery
Austin, Tx

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
Man in the Mirror
Sanford, NC

Empowered Relationship Through Athletics:

There is no bigger platform for most boys today than athletics. It can be a great opportunity for a father and son to bond. Unfortunately, the reality is that it brings friction, strife, and disesteem. Fathers unintentionally and subconsciously put expectations on their boys that lead to conditions on approval and love. Using my experience in athletics, training, and biblical principles I 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

Are You In Need Of A Turnaround?

During a turnaround at a Chemical Plant or Refinery, one of the many things done is removing plugged lines.  In your life, where is Sin trying to plug your lines so you can’t pump out and share the love of Christ from you to your wife, kids, and others?

Ken Paxton
Men’s Ministry Consultant
Turn Around Ministries
Gonzales, LA

It’s All About the Fireteam:

Developing a Small Tactical Team Environment to Defeat the Enemy of Our Souls.

David Dusek Director
Rough Cut Men Ministries
Sarasota, FL

Unity Breakfast

Elmo Winters
Executive Director
Kingdom Group
Baton Rouge, LA

Rusty Bolt

What area of your life has God used you in that has gotten rusty and needs lubrication?

Ken Paxton
Men’s Ministry Consultant
Turn Around Ministries
Gonzales, LA

What’s Your Story:

Overcoming Soul Wounds by Recalibrating our Life to who God says We Are

David Dusek
Rough Cut Men Ministries
Sarasota, FL

Rusty Bolt

In this session, Rich Gorecki makes a case for deeper, more authentic friendships, what he calls “GodBuddies.” Today, guys are in crisis. We have isolated ourselves and struggle with how to balance the responsibilities of work and home life. Rich will describe some sound principles and practical steps on how to develop and maintain deeper, more authentic friendships with other men that replace the shallow acquaintances so many of us have today

Rich Gorecki
Founder God Buddies
Chicago, IL

Anger: One Letter Away From Danger!:

Anger becomes a problem when it is handled wrong. Holding onto it, Resentment, Bitterness, Unforgiveness, causes so many serious problems. In this equipping seminar, we are going to look at some tools that we can use to help us effectively deal with our anger, and keep us from blowing up!

Larry Leak
Just Stand Firm Ministries
Springfield, MA

 Let Boys Be Boys:

Jeff shares three winning strategies for leaders of boys and why this is important to the big kingdom business of Trail Life USA.

Jeff Hudson
Board of Directors Member
Trail Life USA
Greenville, SC

John Zino
Tom Jaski
Coastal Apologetics Network
Ratio-Christi – UNCW Chapter
Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC

Pastoring Men in the 21st Century:

This session is designed for pastors led by a pastor to explore how to reach men in today’s culture. Men who have a passion to be men ministry leaders may also find this session beneficial

Kevin Gregory
Man in the Mirror
Sanford, NC

Raising Godly Boys: The Four-Step Proven Process for Growing Boys into Godly Men:

Whether you are a father, stepfather, or leader of boys, these four truths will help you understand and address the primary problems boys face in a contrary culture that values them less and less.

Jeff Hudson
Board of Directors Member
Trail Life USA
Greenville, SC


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