President’s Equip Conference

Registration is now OPEN!

The President’s Equip Conference is a gathering where everyone in your congregation—volunteers, leaders, pastors, board members, educators, youth leaders, and administrators can gather to work alongside each other to connect people to Jesus.

September 28–30, 2023
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace

The FLGA District is also celebrating 75 years of mission and ministry!

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
Click here to reserve your rooms.
$165 for single and double occupancy
$185 for triple and quad occupancy

Important Details:

  • Based on availability, conference hotel rates are available up to three days pre-conference and post-conference.
  • Hotel rates do not include an optional conference daily resort fee of $35.00. Upon check-in, please ensure you select or opt out of the resort fee as you desire.
  • *Disney Bus Transportation – Daily to Disney Theme Parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach). Nightly transportation to Disney Springs begins at 6:00 pm.
  • *Use of the 24-hour fitness center on the property
  • *50% Discounted Self-Parking rates for registered conference attendees
  • $25.00 Breakfast vouchers (purchased through conference registration) for LetterPress restaurant.
  • Visit the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace website to learn more about the hotel.
    *notes the items included in your hotel reservation

Registration Pricing
$149 per person through 8.15.23
$199 per person, starting 8.16.23
$250 per person, starting 9.1.23

Registration is now OPEN!
Click here to register

View the tentative event schedule.

Click the links below to view the workshops for the 2023 President’s Equip Conference
Session A

In our unique role as a pastor’s wife, we live “along-side” our husband and family, our church family, and each other. In all of these roles, we also live “along-side” Jesus! You are invited to explore these roles at the President’s Equip Conference on Thursday, September 28, for a luncheon and gathering specifically for Pastors’ Wives! The goal is to provide a safe and confidential place for the pastor’s wife to connect with each other and support and encourage one another.

We invite you to register online for the PEC event and join us for a pre-conference buffet lunch focusing on these goals, gathering together at 11 AM. The luncheon will be held at the conference site, the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.

During the luncheon, we will take time to “come along-side” other wives by connecting, supporting, and encouraging one another. Our luncheon speaker, Deb Burma, will share some encouraging words with us “from one pastor’s wife to another.” Deb will follow up on Thursday afternoon with a breakout session geared exclusively for the pastor’s wife.


Deb Burma is a forgiven child of God who loves her Savior, Jesus. She has a passion for sharing His Extravagant Grace in an engaging way, touching the hearts of women, meeting them in the moments of their everyday lives, and leading them in the study of God’s Word. She is a sought-after author & speaker, traveling extensively for women’s retreats, conferences, and other ministry events.

The Ministerial Assistance Program (MAP), a service of the FLGA District and Lutheran Counseling Services, is designed to help clergy, church workers, educators, parish nurses, secretaries, church leaders, etc., cope with the challenges and demands of church work and life. During this Equip Conference, our FLGA District MAP services continued. Megan Miessler, LCSW, DCE, and Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong, LMFT, will be with us for “conversation and consultation.” Whatever the issue, MAP can offer help, hope & healing through quality, confidential assistance.

  • Assessment, referral, and/or therapy for an individual, marriage, or family concern
  • A pastoral care congregational, staff, church school, or church governance issue
  • A vocational crisis or redirection
  • Help with a church worker or parishioner grievance.

Participants can call ahead to make an appointment at the conference with Megan or Rick–please call 407-644-4692 or email

Megan and Rick will be at the conference from 12:00 pm on September 28 to 12:00 pm on September 30. They will be available for “conversation/consultation” and counseling during those times with a reasonable “ending” time in the evening on the first two days.

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Keynote Speakers

Greg Finke has been ordained since 1989, spending the last ten years of his pastoral ministry pastoring churches with 1000 or more in worship. In January 2011, he realized he couldn’t remain a senior pastor and do what Jesus was calling Him to do. His non-profit, Dwelling 1:14, his book, Joining Jesus on His Mission, and helping congregations all across the U.S. join Jesus on His mission, are all the results of that. Greg and his wife, Susan are neighborhood missionaries in a subdivision in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Leah Abel spent 17 years doing ministry with teenagers and adults. During that time, she discovered the joy and power of walking alongside and helping students figure out who they were and consider who they were going to be. Leah spent 11 years serving as a DCE in Florida, where she met and married her husband Scott before the Lord called them to Littleton, Colorado, where different adventures in youth ministry, classroom teaching, mentoring, parenting, and business awaited her.

In 2018 Leah launched Abel Project Management and Facilitation, where she helps churches and organizations to have conversations that matter and do things that matter because people matter to Jesus.

Leah currently lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her daughter Amelia and her husband Scott, who serves as Pastor of Our Father Lutheran Church.

Dr. Kim was born in South Korea. He served as a missionary and church planter in Ecuador from 1989 and 2001. In 2000, he met his wife, Juhee (Rebecca), in South Korea. They were married in Ecuador in 2001. Dr. Kim came to the United States and, after receiving further training through Concordia University and Seminary, served as LINC Houston’s Mission Director for 9 years. In 2017, Dr. Kim left LINC and founded a non-profit ministry called Glocal Mission based in Houston, TX, under ecclesiastical supervision of the TX District of the LCMS. Dr. Kim served for 12 years on the Board of Mission Administration for the Texas District of the LCMS and serves as an adjunct professor at both Concordia University, Irvine, CA, and at Concordia Seminary, St Louis, MO.

Through one-on-one mentorship and coaching and congregational and regional training, Glocal Mission is committed to leading God’s people to seek the lost, disciple the found, and multiply disciple makers and churches both locally and globally with the caring love of Jesus Christ.