Ministry Focus ETS is the pastor resource site for "Equipping The Saints" (ETS). Please click here for more information regarding our parent organization, Equipping The Saints.

Click here for the Doctrinal Statement of Equipping The Saints.

Who We Are

Equipping The Saints is not associated with any church or denomination however, it does hold fast to the fundamental tenets of the Christian Faith as articulated in the Apostles Creed. Equipping The Saints affirms truth that can be proven through sound biblical exegesis and leaves the interpretation of issues which could be divisive to each organization or denomination. The inter-denominational perspective found in Equipping The Saints' materials and training programs is strictly maintained so that it may serve along-side conservative, evangelical and fundamental Bible-based churches and organizations.

Doctrinal Statement

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost.

A note from ETS founder Dave Dawson:

I have spent over 52 years with The Navigators, an evangelistic and discipling organization touching people all around the world. For the past 25 years I have directed a ministry called Equipping The Saints (ETS). As the National Director for The Navigators in Singapore from 1968-1981, the Lord enabled me to multiply a band of fifteen disciples to over 1,000 as we together focused on four major pools of manpower: High School students, University students, Military personnel and men and women working in the marketplace. We saw many thousands of young people come to faith in Jesus Christ during that time, and we were able to place them in various churches throughout Singapore.

Due primarily to the success of this endeavor, I was asked by the Board of Evangelism of a major denomination to aid them in the training of young people in their churches. As a result, I codified the content of the training I had used to multiply those first disciples in Singapore. The focus of these materials was on training people how to develop a dynamic personal relationship with God on a daily basis, and then how to win and disciple others to do the same. Our goal was to see this practical process produce disciples to four generations in depth.

After returning to the United States, I continued to refine the course and make constructive additions to it. Now, these ETS materials are being used in over 60 countries of the world, and have been translated into more than 30 languages. People of all ages and in many denominations and mission agencies throughout the United States and in other nations have been trained how to win the lost and disciple the saved.

As a result of the effectiveness of the curriculum, for twelve years, I taught ETS as a one-year discipleship internship at Dallas Theological Seminary. Also, for two years I taught at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and one year at Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary. Based solely on methodical exegesis of Scripture, Equipping The Saints has now been utilized by nearly every major denomination.

In our 3½-day conference, I will concentrate an entire day seeking to bring the essence of discipleship back into focus from the Bible. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to introducing the content of the Equipping The Saints materials, and how to use ETS in training Saints of God to "do the work of the ministry" and "edify the Body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-12).