Iron Sharpens Iron National Men’s Equipping Conference

Wilmington, NC 
March 16, 2024

Host Church: Northside Church
2501 N College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405

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 Speaker

Dr. Johnny Parker

As an executive coach and relationship architect, Dr. Johnny Parker helps men and women achieve success by viewing their lives as a story. Through his “Turn the Page” system, CEOs, pro athletes, coaches, and other high-impact men and women have gained high-definition clarity and discovered the story they were born to live. Johnny is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches Introduction to Positive Psychology, an evidence-based approach that focuses on conditions leading to happiness and flourishing.

Recognizing that families and organizations share similar relational dynamics, Johnny uses his clinical background and research in positive psychology to help people revolutionize their relationships, work and lives. His work on developing healthy, fulfilling lives and strong relationships has been featured on CNN International and national media outlets.

In May, 2008, Johnny was a part of a select group of marriage educators and researchers invited to the White House to discuss ways to strengthen marriages in America.

He has authored several books, including Turn the Page: Unlocking the Story Within You, Exceptional Living: 31 Exercises for Enriching Your Life, Work and Relationships, Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room and Faith Like a Child. Johnny earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

He and his bride, Lezlyn, reside outside Washington, D.C., and love hanging out with their three sons, JP, Jordan and Joel and their energetic Cocker Spaniel, Jay-Jay.

Rex Tignor

Rex Tignor will close out the conference. Rex will challenge you with take-aways that will enourage you in your spiritual growth as you head back home and to your respective churches.

Rex is the author of Living Out of the Rut, Boot Camp for Men, Just Show UP!, and co-author of Be Intentional: Devotional Conversation Starters for Men. While serving as eastern director for People Matter Ministries, he co-authored Why Minister to Men with Dr. Dan Erickson. Rex is a former member of the leadership team and Men’s Ministry training director for the Washington Area Coalition of Men’s Ministries. He also served as Men’s Ministry director for Redemption Ministries in Virginia, assisting more than 70 churches. He now serves as the Iron Shaprens Iron National Network as the Training Coordinator.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day with you all. It was the first event I have attended and am looking forward to more. I loved the worship, preaching, and breakout sessions and felt a sense of “wanting to do better,” for my Lord, my family, and my church. Attending the event truly made me want to be a better man! I told our church about how much I enjoyed it and am hoping to bring more men next time. I appreciate your heart and willingness to serve and will be in prayer for you and the ministry.

Pastor Jason Willaford

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Cost:

Group Early Registration: $39.00 (10 or more tickets greater than 7 days before the event)

Individual Early Registration : $49.00 (<10 tickets, must be received 7-days or more prior to the conference.)

Late Registration: $59.00

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

Lunch Optional: $12.00 (must be received 5 days before conference)

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 Seminars

Seminar topics will be added as received from the speakers.

Becoming a 10x Better Man

Every man’s life tells a story. Is your life telling the story you want to tell? Based on the life of Daniel a 10x Better Man is called to live and love above average to the glory of God spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally, financially and vocationally.

Dr. Johnny Parker
Executive Coach
Turn the Page
Outside Washington, D.C.

Home-Cooked Leadership

The greatest life and leadership lessons come from a man’s family. The same skills needed to succeed at work a man needs to succeed as a husband and dad. This seminar encourages men to be intentional about skills such as communication, courageous conversations, empathy, core values, culture building, and core values development

Dr. Johnny Parker
Executive Coach
Turn the Page
Outside Washington, D.C.

WORK: More Than a 4 Letter Word

Men have always had a tendency to identify themselves by what they do (their work), and not by who they are (their relationships). Men, you are not what you do. Still, what you do in your work does matter. Does your work define who you are? Are you having an impact in this arena of your life?

Jay Penton
Outreach Director
Men in the Arena
Prattville, Alabama

Coping With Conflict

When encountering conflict in our life there are some things we need to recognize immediately as conflicts arise. This discussion will talk about how we can cope with conflict and how when we miss grace, we can allow bitterness to grow and conflict to take over.

Jay Penton
Outreach Director
Men in the Arena
Prattville, Alabama

Speaking to the next generation

In Psalm 71:18 King David prayed, “even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation.” This session will discuss what this looks like and how we can pour our lives into the next generation.

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

Just Stand Firm: When Life Hits You Hard!

Life’s problems can hit us hard, but you never know how strong you are until standing firm is your only choice! Stand Strong in the Storm!

Larry Leak
Just Stand Firm Ministries
wilbraham, MA

Forgive While You Still Can!

Getting even with someone who may have hurt you, does not solve anything, unforgiveness can have you in shackles. Forgiveness sets us free, allows us to move on with our lives, and be all God would have us to be.

Larry Leak
Just Stand Firm Ministries
wilbraham, MA

Man On Fire

Now more than any time in history we need men to step up and into their rightful place as fathers, husbands and leaders. We need men that will say yes, Men that will become a Man on Fire for God.  Let’s unlock your God given potential and understand the how and why It’s important to light that fire.

Mike Whitmer
Disciple 1 Ministries
Richmond, VA

Better Decisions ~ Fewer Regrets

Have you ever wanted to take back a decision you’ve made too quickly? How about dreaming of redo? In this session, we’ll take a look at how to make decisions today that you can live with tomorrow.

Mike Whitmer
Disciple 1 Ministries
Richmond, VA

Til Death do us Part (without killing each other)

Ten things I’ve Learned in Marriage.

Thomas McMillan
Director
Guardrail Ministries
New Britain, CT

5 Things Men Must Steward

The things men must manage well to lead well.

Thomas McMillan
Director
Guardrail Ministries
New Britain, CT

Your Giants Ain’t Jack

True you may never stand before a giant 9ft tall in your life, but you will in life giants will attack you from all side. In this seminar we will give you tools on how to defeat those giants because they ain’t Jack.

Rex Tignor
Director
Man-Up Ministries
Glen Arbor, VA

The Heart of a Grandfather

Men I have to tell you, I have had the chance to do some pretty
awesome things in my life, but none of them come close to being a dad and grandfather. In this equipping seminar, we are going to look at some tools that we can use to become a smooth-running grandfather.

Rex Tignor
Director
Man-Up Ministries
Glen Arbor, VA

How to Grow as a Believer

Getting older is guarantied  – growing spiritually is not.  We want to believe growth is automatic – kind of like a baby who naturally grows.  However, even with a baby it requires consistent feeding and care in order for it to mature in a healthy manner.   You will leave this session with a very small handful of items to focus on one day at a time.

Wendell Morton
CEO
Men’s Ministry Catalyst
Colorado Springs, CO

Leading Men – how are they different?

“Leaders do not and cannot force people to follow them, they lead them on a journey”   Why does leading men in your church matter?   When a man comes to faith in Christ, 93% of the time his family will join him.   The return is high when we intentionally bring men to faith!!

Wendell Morton
CEO
Men’s Ministry Catalyst
Colorado Springs, CO

The Mess of Being a Lukewarm Man

Many Christian men today are exhausted, feeling defeated, discouraged, and lonely. Why? We might attend church weekly, possibly even belong to a small group. But too often, we try to live for both the world’s vision of “success” and God’s definition of “significance” and inwardly we’re a mess. Jesus calls this being a lukewarm Christian. It’s exhausting…and discouraging. In this session we’ll follow the model of the early Christ followers and focus on the fundamentals of dying to self and living for Christ fully, completely…and imperfectly.

Will Knetch
Founder
Wilberforce Group
Wilmington, NC

Embrace Your Struggle!

Pain and struggle are real for Christian men. Divorce or a marriage in peril. Financial woe. A wayward child. A hidden sin. Depression. Or fill in the blank…we all carry our own struggles. All too often we feel as though we can’t show our weak or share our pain as it’s unbecoming as a man. But God tells us differently. He will often allow our struggle to make us more like Christ…if we embrace Him.

Will Knetch
Founder
Wilberforce Group
Wilmington, NC

Your Marriage Mindset – Why You Do What You Do

A great relationship or a failed relationship is not a matter of luck or chance. It is always the result of something else. Something that leads up to it. Something you do. This breakout session will show how our attitudes or mindsets in our marriages will affect how we feel about it, which influences how we’ll act or behave and determines whether we will do well or not.

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

Loss, Grief, And The Death Of Dreams

We like to talk about the wins, celebrate them, and share them in conversations and on our social media platforms. But we rarely talk about the pain, suffering, frustration, grief, or loss constantly happening behind the scenes. We try to bottle it up, stuff it way down, put on the armor, and go out in the world pretending we have it all together. Is there a better way?

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

A Strategic Plan for a Life of Impact

Without a vision the people perish.  Do you have a Kingdom minded plan for your life?  What kind of impact will you make with your life?  This session will help you design a God honoring plan for maximizing your eternal impact with your gifts and talents.

John Berry
C12 Group
Wilmington, NC

The Christian Millionaire Mindset

How must one think to create great wealth, manage wealth and to make a significant impact with wealth?  Come learn from the stunning insights I’ve gained on money, success and significance from intimate conversations I’ve had with 50+ Christian millionaires.

John Berry
C12 Group
Wilmington, NC

How to begin a Hunting and Fishing Outdoor Adventure Ministry in your Church

This session will discuss how to successfully build an outdoor ministry for the men in your church with a mission.

Rick Magee
Chief of Operations
Kid’s Outdoor Zone
Lynchburg, VA

Not All Leaders Have Titles

In this session we will delve into the misconception that leadership is conferred solely through titles, focusing on the roles of father, man, and husband. Drawing inspiration from biblical figures such as Moses, who initially resisted his calling, and Joseph, who endured hardship, we will dispel the notion that leadership is exclusive to those who feel inherently qualified. By examining stories like Gideon, Job, and others who initially doubted their leadership abilities, the presentation will underscore the transformative power of faith and obedience in shaping reluctant leaders. Through biblical examples, you’ll be encouraged as Christian men to embrace your roles with humility, recognizing that true leadership often emerges from unexpected sources and is grounded in a deep sense of faith and service.  

Jeff Williamson
Owner
Coastal Leadership Coaching
Conway, SC

Now What

During this session we will draw inspiration from Acts 1:6-11, the emphasis lies in catalyzing actionable faith. Beginning with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), the call to evangelize and make disciples globally is a focal point, with the urge to actively share your faith. James 2:14-26 reinforces the idea that faith without corresponding works is incomplete, encouraging tangible expressions of kindness, generosity, and service. Further, incorporating passages on spiritual gifts, the armor of God, perseverance, stewardship, and brotherhood provides a comprehensive roadmap which will guide you toward a purposeful and impactful Christian journey

Jeff Williamson
Owner
Coastal Leadership Coaching
Conway, SC

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