EQUIP

Equip is a discipleship program preparing God’s people to do God’s work.
(Ephesians 4:12)

Equip Classes

10 Deep-Dive Classes in Bible, Theology and Christian Leadership

Equip Internship

Seasonal Immersive experiences in vocational ministry

The Equip Story

Serious discussions and planning for a residency program at Preston Trail began in 2015. Prayers were offered, a curriculum was slowly developed and in January of 2017 we were ready to search out applicants for the inaugural year of our 11-month residency program.

There were 9 residents that first year in the areas of worship, adult discipleship, family ministry and community outreach. During their time with us, they walked through studies on biblical and theological literacy, organizational and church leadership, communication and personal discipleship reflection. The majority of their time was spent outside of a classroom environment and dedicated to practical ministry work and development. Each was assigned a pastoral supervisor in their designated areas of specialty that had the task of assigning and overseeing progressively involved ministry assignments including building volunteer teams, developing age appropriate curriculum, and participating in the planning and implementation of ministry programs and tasks. It was exciting and we were all growing.

It wasn’t long into the process, however, that we began to notice some knowledge gaps between what our residents were learning and how we were developing our staff.  We felt compelled to expand our residency program to include anyone who wanted to learn. It would take us a few more years, but in January of 2019 we launched EQUIP with the express purpose of helping God’s people to do God’s work.

Equip is a discipleship program made up of a combination of classes and seasonal ministry experiences designed to come alongside participants with knowledge and application of biblical truths, theological wisdom, and practical leadership. We have a big vision—to transform our church, our community and our world with the life-giving truths of Jesus Christ. We’d love for you to join us.
Buckle up, it’s going to be an amazing adventure!

The Why’s and How’s of Equip

Patrick Lencioni, in his book The Advantage, asks every organization he works with to answer six important questions. We wanted to share our answers with you.

WHY DO WE EXIST? 
Ephesians 4:11-13
Convinced that God has greater things in store for his children than we can dream or imagine, EQUIP exists to come alongside the Church to resource God’s people to do God’s work.

“So, Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

HOW DO WE BEHAVE? 
Ephesians 4:2-3, 15
EQUIP will follow the biblical call to relate to all people with truth, grace, humility and service.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace…. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

WHAT DO WE DO?
Romans 12:1-2

EQUIP will provide practical trainings, educational courses, and immersive experiences in order for every believer to grow in their maturity, purpose, and service.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

HOW WILL WE SUCCEED?
Ephesians 4:3-7

EQUIP succeeds when each Christ follower grows in spiritual maturity and serves others out of their unique identity and giftedness.

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in according with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently, if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

WHO IS DOING WHAT? 
Philippians 2:12-13
EQUIP will provide a variety of resources and tools that will be available for anyone who desires them.

“Dear friends, you have always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW?
There’s no time like the present! Identify your next right step and jump in today!

Meet our Team!

Gwendolyn Clubb Lau, Equip Director

Gwendolyn Clubb Lau grew up between Oklahoma City and Houston. She has an undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University, a Master’s of Humanities - studies in literature from University of Texas at Dallas and a Master’s of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is wife to Dustin and mother to Kiana Rose and Elliana Ray, and considers them her first and favorite ministry. Having been a part of Preston Trail from its first vision meeting in 2002, she is thrilled to have a job there where she gets to use her unique giftings and trainings to help people find and follow Jesus Christ.

Donna Oschman, Administrative and Logistical Support

Donna Oschman grew up in Long Island, New York, where she studied business administration at SUNY, Morrisville, and was a licensed massage therapist. She is the proud mother of Colorado School of Mines’ newest student, Benjamin, and Emily, a student at Braswell High School. She has been a part of the Preston Trail family from the days at the AMC Theater and has served on the staff in a variety of capacities since 2014. Currently, she serves as administrative and logistical support for Preston Trail’s executive team and the discipleship team, including Equip. Leaning on Jeremiah 29:11, Donna lives her life in faith and trust in the One who knows the plans for her.