Equipping Women International

Do you have a desire…

  • To enhance your ministry skills?
  • To study challenging material in a facilitated peer-learning environment?
  • To find personal enrichment and growth and to develop relationships that will contribute to your long-term success?
  • Be challenged to grow deeper with God and with others?

A ministry of Barnabas International

Equipping Women International strives to provide accessible and affordable ministry skill training in regional hub cities worldwide. We have personally experienced the spiritual nurture and life-changing dynamics that occur when women gather and learn together, and we are passionate about providing this life-on-life experience for our fellow global servants.

Next EWI Training Locations & Dates

Caldas Novas, Goias, Brazil

Dates: May 26 to June 4, 2020
Location: Palavra de Vida Conference Center

Module #1--Facilitating Relational Learning

Early Bird Registration (closes December 20, 2019)
$550, plus course workbooks

Regular Registration (closes February 25, 2020)
$575, plus course workbooks

First-time participants
Apply here

After Application and Acceptance:
Register here

Limited scholarships are available AFTER you have registered.
Apply here

For more information contact Coleen Templeton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Chiang Mai, Thailand (Registration closed)

Dates: October 29 to November 7, 2019
Location: The Horizon Village Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Info sheet)

Module #1--Facilitating Relational Learning
Module #2--Developing a Discerning Heart
Module #3--Discovery Bible Study

Modules are designed to be taken in order; all first-time participants take #1

Early Bird Registration (closes May 25, 2019)
$625, plus course workbooks

Regular Registration (closes July 25, 2019)
$650, plus course workbooks

First-time participants: Apply here

All participants:
Registration Closed for This Event

Limited scholarships are available: Apply here

For more information contact Debbie Lamp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


1. Why Should I Take This Training?

These course modules are designed to increase the long-term success and well-being of women in ministry.

  • ewi groupThe initial four core modules, usually taken over an extended period of time, foster personal spiritual transformation and ministry skill acquisition and practice. Learning occurs through the extensive coursework provided in the Bible college-level workbooks and through the peer-to-peer discussions and skill practice during the actual modules.
  • Our modules are led by experienced facilitators in a small group setting and are based on the best practices of adult learning. Question-led, interactive discussions are the norm, drawing on the learning from the module lessons completed ahead of time and the life experience of the participants. Facilitators model the mentoring and coaching skills that a worker needs to be effective in her local church/ministry context. This is a peer discipleship model of learning in an interactive, interagency community.
  • The goal of our training reaches beyond personal transformation to the need to multiply workers who will continue to train others (2 Tim 2:2). The skills learned are transferable in a variety of cultural contexts and can create accessible training experiences in three key venues:
    1. Local churches
    2. Regional partnerships
    3. Global missions

Our hope is that equipped workers, by relying on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, will experience their own personal transformation during this process and catch the vision to multiply shepherds in God's Kingdom through ongoing sustainable training efforts.

2. What Will I Learn?

These Four Core Modules make up the initial offerings of EWI:

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  • Facilitating Relational Learning*
  • Developing a Discerning Heart*
  • Discovery Bible Study*
  • Women Serving Women*

See this website for module descriptions, table of contents, and lesson samples. 

3. What Curriculum Do You Use?

In partnership with Entrust4, we use their Women to Women Ministry Training (WWMT) curriculum, which features four course modules designed to enhance resiliency for global workers. This material has also proven to be successful and effective in training national lay leaders. We plan to offer other course modules in the future.

*A  entrust logoWomen-to-Women Ministry Training course module.

4. Who Will Benefit From This Training?

This training is designed for international workers and pastoral care givers, as well as any woman who has a passion for investing in the lives of people in her community. Our desire is to see lives transformed by the love of Christ as expressed through His word and by His body. During the training, you will have time to thoroughly process what you are learning, put into practice the tools you are learning, and apply the principles to your unique ministry.

5. How Much Homework is There?

The homework preparation for this course is approximately 30 to 40 hours. The homework is best done over a period of time, so we encourage early registration, allowing you plenty of time to complete the homework a little at a time!

6. Who and What is EWI?

Equipping Women International is a group of women serving with Barnabas International. We have personally experienced the spiritual nurture and life-changing dynamics that occur when women gather and learn with women, and we believe in providing this life-on-life experience for global servants.

7. What is the Cost of the Training?

This training typically costs $500 to $600 for an 8-day/9-night residential training session (including full room and board) depending on the location.

The training materials cost $50 for FRL and $30 for DDH, DBS, and WSW. Limited scholarships are available.

8. Where Can I Get More Information?

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


My time at the Equipping Women International training was so much more than I expected! It is something that benefits me both personally and in ministry. The training equips me to help others learn in a more meaningful way than any traditional method of teachi - whether it is in a group setting or in situations with friends, acquaintances, and even my own children! If you really want to be a woman who is wise, compassionate, attentive, and able to help others learn in a way that Jesus demonstrated, you will definitely want to be a part of this training! It will revolutionize the way you see your role as a leader and transform the way you help others grow spiritually.


Attending the FRL training session was a blessing to me in several ways. To spend eight days in concentrated effort to digest new material was an all-new learning experience in itself. But to spend the eight days around the Word with eight other sisters in the Lord as we got acquainted, learned together, shared our stories, encouraged and challenged one another, and enjoyed each other's company—what a privilege! Another blessing to me has been to discover that the Entrust material will work among Brazilians and that there has already been a good start in getting it translated to Portuguese. As the Lord enables, I am looking forward to continuing the training and in "passing the ball" to those who are ministering in Brazil.