NYSB Teaching & Equipping Conference

The New York School of the Bible is pleased to invite you to the inagural Teaching and Equipping Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church. God has blessed NYSB with many special, dedicated, and knowledgeable faculty members, who are making themselves available at this conference - both general sessions and all of our workshops will be conducted by members of our own NYSB faculty team.

Online registration closes on Thursday evening, March 23. If you would like to attend this conference, call (212) 975-0170 x123 or register at the door on Saturday morning, March 25. 

Conference Schedule: 

  • 8 a.m. - registration opens
  • 9 a.m. - Welcome and worship 
  • 9:20 a.m. - Let’s get started - Embracing God’s Passion for Diversity - Tanya Velardo
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Workshop Session A 
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Workshop Session B 
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break - Boxed lunch included
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Workshop Session C
  • 3 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. - Final Challenge - Is There A Pediatric Orthopedic in the House? - Rev. Dr. David Watson
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Equipped: Now Go and Serve


  • TRACK #1 – Bible

A – How to Interpret the Bible (Lawrence Taylor): This workshop will show participants how they can become more proficient interpreters of the Bible by using a variety of hermeneutical methods.

B – Life In Bible Times (Robert Casteline): What was it like to live in the plains of Israel with Abraham?  How did the people of Galilee and Rome think?  This workshop will help us step out of our 21st century world and look at the world through some very different eyes.  It will help you to understand the world of the Biblical texts so the people and guidance of God becomes more real and immediate to you.

How to Make Sound Observations (Lawrence Taylor): This workshop is an introduction on how to make observations when reading the Bible.  These observations will help as you interpret Scripture.

  • TRACK #2 Apologetics

A – Why Should We Be Concerned About Cults and False Beliefs? (Daniel Mann): What we believe affects faith, life, and our relationship with our Savior. Therefore, we are commanded to “beware,” “watch,” “test,” and to evaluate all thoughts and arguments by the light of the Scriptures. In light of this, we will examine mystical practice.

B – Hidden Portraits of Christ in the Old Testament (Daniel Mann): The Bible is one unified revelation. Therefore, we should expect to find exactly what Jesus had stated – that the Scriptures speak of Him. We will look at several passages that paint a mysterious and secret portrait of our Messiah.

One Reason to Believe that the Bible is Actually God’s Word: Humans wouldn’t have invented it! (Daniel Mann): Many teachings of the Bible would not have been invented by humans. Instead, these teachings must have come from above. We’ll start by looking at the Old Testament.

  • TRACK #3 Church History

A – Discovering the Early Church (Christopher Gardner): Who decided what books belong in the Bible? Has the Church always been catholic? What role did Constantine play in forming the early church? These topics and more will be answered as we take a look at the church from 100-590 AD.

B – The Reformation Battleground (Christopher Gardner): 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Lots of attention will be given to the positives, but did you know that it was not just a battle between Catholics and Protestants but even between Protestant groups? We will look at the wonder of the Reformation and some of its more contentious issues.

– Today’s Church in America (Christopher Gardner): In this session we will discover where all these denominations came from, how the Church has changed, and where it is headed.  In the current anti-Christian atmosphere, the changing culture will bring even more changes to the Church for which you will want to be prepared.

  • TRACK #4Leadership I

A – Lead Small with Big Results (Tanya Velardo): Lead Small clarifies the responsibility of the small group leader for those who work with children and teenagers.  It establishes five common threads so that those who choose to lead in any size church can work off the same blueprint.  It is possible that you may feel lost at times, like your role feels somewhere between a parent and a friend, a coach and a teacher.  Remember, you are not supposed to be any of those things.  You are a little of all of those things.  When you lead small, you realize that what you do for a few has more potential than what you do for many. 

B – Overcoming the Perils of Leadership (Michael Herbert): This workshop is a survey of the major challenges ministry leaders face and how to overcome them.  Students will study biblical examples of how individuals dealt with power, criticism, sexual infidelity, depression, marital stress etc.  In addition, they will identify their personality traits which can hinder their ability to overcome the major challenges they will face discussed above.

Learning to Lead Within Diverse Ministry Teams (Michael Herbert): In this workshop, participants will learn how to embrace God’s passion for diversity by examining a range of biblical passages on diversity. Students will also learn how to minister on multicultural ministry teams by examining the benefit of selected cultures and becoming aware of the strengths and flaws of their own culture.

  • TRACK #5 Serving

A – Serving in an Urban Church (Michael Herbert): Effective ministry in the urban church requires an ability to view the problems, resources, and purpose of the Church through the perspectives of Scripture, history, and culture. This workshop will involve students in an examination of how urban Christians can minister through leadership, education, evangelism, worship, community formation, and social involvement.

B – Improving the Way You Serve (Randel Stubbs): Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' The hallmark of a disciple of Christ is the service we render to others.  It is best displayed in how we show sacrificial love one to another.  This course will look at ways to serve others that suits our personality, temperament and giftedness to the glory of God as we bless those within the faith, and those within our larger community.

God’s Model for Service: Trinitarian Power (Robert Casteline): The doctrine of the Trinity is the cornerstone of Christian theology.  But most Christians don’t think it has any real impact on their lives.  However, there is no greater example of how Christians should serve one another than how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are to each other and to us! Join us as we look at the perfect example of service and how it applies to the local church.

  • TRACK #6 Leadership II

A – So You Want to Be a Leader! (David Watson): Understanding what leadership is and what it isn’t as well as the basic qualifications for leadership are essential to becoming an authentic Spiritual Leader.   Dr. Dave shares from his 30 years of Pastoral leadership experience.

B – Watson’s Top 10 Axiom’s of Leadership! (David Watson): There are some very simple rules every leader needs to know. Drawing from Scripture and his own experience, Dr. Dave Watson boils these rules down to 10 very simple axioms.

Finding my Leadership Swag! (David Watson): If two of us are the same, one of us is unnecessary. We as leaders are all unique and are called to lead as who we are, not as someone else. Finding your Leadership SWAG helps you to understand how you should lead in accordance with how God has made you.

  • TRACK #7 Education Ministries

A – An Evaluation Tool for Better Ministry Effectiveness (Nelson Thermitus): Would you like your ministry to be proactive instead of reactive? Would you like to discover its strengths and weaknesses? If you would like to use a specific tool to evaluate your ministry for better ministry effectiveness, come and join us!

B – Discipline that Disciples (Mike Velardo): Discipline is part of the discipleship process and is essential for every child as he/she travels down that road to Christian maturity.  This workshop will look at several principles that when applied properly, will become an important part of the Christian growth process as it minimizes the need for punishment.

Jesus, the Master Teacher (Mike Velardo): Jesus had no computers, no PowerPoints, no DVD’s, and no PA system!  However, his teaching ministry has left us with many teaching principles that when applied properly to today’s teaching tools, will make us more effective in our teaching ministries.  It is always a blessing to learn from “The Master”!

Note: If you take all three workshops from one track and you decide to pursue an NYSB certificate in that same track, you can “opt out” of one required course. You can also “mix ‘n match” workshops from any of the tracks.


New York School of the Bible

123 West 57th Street 

New York, NY 10019

  • Registration includes 2 general sessions, 3 workshops, 1 lunch, 1 conference notebook, and 1 free book

  • PLEASE NOTE: this Conference is not designed for children and no child care will be available that day.

Teaching Participants: 

  • Robert Casteline – Associate Pastor, Central Baptist Church
  • Christopher Gardner – Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church
  • Michael Herbert – Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church
  • Daniel Mann – Teacher and Writer
  • Randel Stubbs – Fiduciary Control Analyst
  • Lawrence Taylor – Pastor, Kenilworth Baptist Church
  • Nelson Thermitus – Dean, Evangelical Bible Institute
  • Michael Velardo – Dean, New York School of the Bible
  • Tanya Velardo – Children’s Ministry Dir, Renaissance Ch.
  • David Watson – President, NY Institute for Biblical Studies


We encourage the use of public transportation (A, C, D, F, N, Q, R, E, and #1 subways are all nearby). If you are driving, 12 hours of parking is available for $16 (with a sticker from Calvary Baptist Church) at Central Parking/SP+ (51 West 56th Street, between 6th and 5th Avenues – on the left just before Benihana Restaurant).

Unfortunately, the form is not available.

Discounted Parking for Calvary Baptist services and events is available at the QuikPark Garage located at 235 West 56th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, and Central Parking/SP located at 51 West 56th Street, between 6th and 5th Avenues. Coupons are available from any usher. Please note that there may be an extra charge for certain large vehicles.