Program

View the conference program for each day below. Click on the sessions or speakers for more information.

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God Before Us - Monday 5th July

We believe God has always been at work in the world God so loves. Today we reflect on the biblical foundation of this belief and we explore how scriptures gift us with an overarching story, a specific language, and a Kingdom imagination for mission.

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Elliot Keane
Let’s lay a vital foundation of understanding mission. Since the beginning of time, God has been active in drawing all people to the Kingdom. We look at how God’s big story is revealed in the Scripture and how we are invited to enter into and live out of this story.
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Elliot Keane
It’s first and foremost God’s mission. Amazingly, God invites us (yes, even us!) to participate in this mission. It’s not that God has a mission for his church in the world, as that God has a church for his mission in the world.
3
Dan McGrechan
Comparatively, Baptists punch above their weight when it comes to mission. We go, we learn, we participate, we give and we care. We always have. We’ll introduce some of the humble giants upon whose shoulders we stand and capture by a birds eye view of missional endeavours in and from Australia.
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Belinda Lakelin
X > + Multiplication beats addition, so why are we so fascinated by an ‘addition mindset’ in Australian churches? I reflect on how Jesus’ approach to multiplication transforms our hearts, strategies and metrics as we multiply disciples, leaders and churches.
Gayle Hill
Jono has served as a Baptist pastor in various settings but has most recently discovered his true vocation as a placemaker. Cultivating gardens and a faith community go hand in hand with developing social enterprises and seeking the common good. Tune in to hear how Jono finds a way to integrate his business skills, pastoral care, neighbourliness, and community service in this innovative and pioneering work.
Bob Rogers
Jesus calls us to love people in a big and sacrificial way. In fact, it is by the way we love that people will know we are His followers. Through the cafe ministry in South East Asia, Daz & Bee have been learning the true meaning of turning the other cheek and being generous with kindness, despite facing a multitude of challenges. What can happen when people see Jesus through our actions?
Mark Westhuyzen
In a post Christian culture where people are dying of loneliness and craving community, we have a great opportunity to create “supernaturally down to earth” and “high authenticity” communities that welcome people to meet Jesus just as they are and be healed by Him over time.
Dan McGrechan
What does a 1 Cor 9:22 approach to mission look like? Stories are shared from the context of Northern Mozambique of the challenges and joys of sharing God’s truth with a holistic approach.
Andrew Turner
One unique response to the mission of God is the Soul Food Christian Community in Redwood Park (SA). Lessons are shared of how to build trust within a community and take deliberate deliberate steps to point people to Jesus.

God Around Us - Tuesday 6th July

We believe God made the world with love and that culture is a gift to be treasured. But the differences between us can often challenge our ability to share the Good News. Today we dive deep into the possibilities and pitfalls of culture to ultimately discover the everyday majesty of being wrapped in culture.

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Susan Campbell
Getting to the kernel of the gospel is easier said than done. If all the Christians in the world follow the same God, shouldn’t they look the same? What’s it like to share the good news across vast cultural difference? How can we know the difference between the kernel of the gospel and the cultural husk? Join this session and wrestle with these questions (and more!) as we set the table for a feast of ideas and examples surrounding the gospel and culture.
2
Darrell Jackson
‘The gospel always comes to people in cultural robes’ (Bosch). What are these cultural robes? Why is understanding culture and worldview critical for mission, both locally and globally? We consider how by understanding the meanings people apply to objects, actions and symbols, we take an essential step forward in building meaningful relationships.
Jamie Freeman
In a globalising world where cultural diversity is a given, cultural intelligence is a key factor to seeking to be effective in mission. We need to not only be aware of our own background, values and customs, but also be adept at adapting to better connect with people from other cultural contexts.
Ben Good
This fresh take on spiritual practices looks at how life-giving and transforming it can be for mission practitioners to be attentive to God within their contexts. We reflect on our own expressions of spirituality and develop an understanding of private and public expressions from Biblical and present day stories.
3
Gayle Hill
It is commonly understood that our global culture is ‘fluid’; once-solid institutions, organisations, and identities are dissolving, merging, and collating. We reflect on the liquefication of (religious) culture(s) and the impact this has on churches, the role of religion and on the shape of our mission initiatives.
Geoff Maddock
'God is Earth’s landlord and we are its tenants’ (C. Wright). We explore the mandate for ecological concern in scripture and how it can be applied in missional contexts. Creation Care demonstrates God’s provision and redemptive purposes in practical ways that are welcomed by communities traditionally resistant to the gospel both locally and globally.
Andrew Palmer
Embracing our call to become ‘cultural pilgrims’ is part and parcel of the mission journey, whether locally or globally. We look at how culture forms us, how we cope when cultures clash, how we develop resources for cultural encounters and how we find contentment in unfamiliar cultures.
Dan McGrechan
Churchless faith is a growing phenomena and it invites us to reconsider ways to spot and nurture faith outside the traditional boundaries of the church. We explore why a growing number of people who align with faith are churchless and will ask if our understanding of church needs to broaden to accomodate those who express faith in alternate ways.
Pip Miner
The 21st century has seen the Western Church become more aware of its status as a minority, being pushed slowly from its previous position near the centre of society – which is, of course, the situation into which the New Testament speaks. We are encouraged to adopt the minority group rhetoric of the New Testament, which seeks to insulate the church against conforming to the majority culture, while remaining *attractive* in its difference.
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Hubs and online groups (for those connecting from home) will use this session to reflect on learnings and discuss implications for individuals and groups. Facilitators questions will be available on the Programs Links page. Those meeting online will join a Zoom, then be allocated into small breakout groups, with facilitators provided.

God With Us - Wednesday 7th July

We believe God is still very much with us and continuing to reconcile all things through the Son. The great joy and surprise is that we get to join in! Today we catch visions, hear stories, and ride the waves of God’s present-tense work in the world God so loves.

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Pip Miner
Some people like to quote that line attributed to St Francis, “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” Usually, the person quoting it is suggesting our actions alone can communicate the gospel. While it’s important to recognise that our actions are essential to our witness to the world, of course words are necessary. How could unexplained actions alone constitute the mission of God’s people? So, what is the place of proclamation in a world that doesn’t want to hear us preach?
Maddy Svoboda
The church in Australia has been shaped by a cultural history that no longer resonates with the digital generation. Yet the same generation are hungry for the hope that can be ultimately found in Jesus and the connection that can only be found in a healthy and relevant expression of the church. We explore this divergence and reflect on practical ways that local churches can do mission and discipleship with people in a tech-addicted world.
Sulari Nielsen
When engaging with a community in mission it is easy to focus on finding the best medium to facilitate this. Although social enterprises, community programs and projects are important to consider, establishing goals for participation, understanding the dynamics of social networks, and the type, quality and depth of relationship required for deep engagement are also vital. In this session, we will discuss essential aspects for growing participation in all communities that leads to deep life sharing and the sharing of the gospel.
Scott Pilgrim
‘Spiritual warfare’ is a bit on the nose in many Christian circles today. We don’t much like talk of battles, armies and spiritual attacks. Yet, we know that our mysterious God still draws people to Jesus through dreams, visions, wonders and not-just-a-coincidence events. We explore how to be attentive to these in ourselves and others and what impact can this have in mission.
Mike Bullard
How we tell the truth is just as important as the truth itself. Telling stories creates non threatening spaces for people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to engage with the person of Jesus. Following Jesus and the Gospel writers’ lead, we consider how we draw out another’s story, tell our story and share God’s story.
John Hickey
Poverty can be complex and confusing. But imagine it as a story. A story with different characters, plots, and contexts – all weaved together to keep families poor. This imagination might help us understand why the Gospel story is indeed good news to communities all around the world. It transforms lives. It speaks life into our body, mind, spirit, systems and relationships – our whole story! God’s mission is an invitation to co-write this developing story of the good news of his kingdom come.
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Jamie Freeman
If you want to accomplish anything for God, and see people transformed, it must start with prayer – both personal and corporate prayer. This session will give you practical ideas and resources that will enable you and your community to grow in prayer so that all can be involved in God’s transformational mission both in Australia and overseas.
Belinda Lakelin
Practical, applicable and absolutely crucial. This session is one not to miss as we look to the future of missions in 2021 and beyond. Join Rev. Kiran Skariah as he dives deep into the need for new expressions of mission, as well as real world, practical tips from his vast experience in pioneering new ways to reach the world for the Gospel.
Gayle Hill
The ancient Judeo-Christian call to welcome the stranger has always been a blessing to both the needy sojourner and the community offering care. This rich tradition of compassion continues to bless anyone caught up in offering lovingkindness to “the foreigner in your midst”. Join us in this session to learn about contemporary examples of this work from Baptist Care Australia representative, Nicole Hornsby. Nicole will share about current efforts from our Baptist agencies and churches and offer ways to join in this beautiful work.
Vivian Grice
Mission is best founded on being rather than just “doing" or “saying”. For who we are in mission either opens doors or closes them. Jesus’ incarnation (presence with us in a form we could understand) preceded, undergirded and made real his words and final redemptive works. As John 1:14 puts it, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Mat and Shannon reflect on the ministry of presence from their context of living in a community on the fringe of the NT’s Tanami desert and challenges us to consider how this principle applies wherever we are located.
David Turnbull
We explore opportunities for doing effective discipleship among multicultural communities and propose ways that such communities can be involved in mission among the wider Australian community.
Andy McCulloch
The statistics are clear. Global Mission is no longer the exclusive domain of the western church. More mission workers are sent from the global south than from western nations. Missiologists are talking about polycentric mission - workers being sent from everywhere to everywhere as distinct from the west to the rest. What does this mean for an Australian based mission agency? Should we sit back, let the phenomena play out, be content playing a minor role? Or dare we say it; fade away? Let's hear the voices of three energetic practitioners who hail from the global south currently working in Global Interaction teams in Asia. What can we learn from their experience and how might we participate in what God is doing in the worker-sending space?
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David Turnbull
Vocational discernment is a vastly underplayed feature of our discipleship processes. We talk a lot about the things that all Christians everywhere should do and be – we do this en masse with a microphone or video camera. But how do we pay attention to each person and what their particular part of the Body is? How they can best serve and be served by the other parts? There’s phenomenal power in releasing people from a sense of obligation to ‘general conformity’ and explore their unique gifts that God is forming them to be for the church, the world and His glory.
Bob Rogers
Getting comfortable with the C word - Defence Force chaplains bring Christ to those who are called to preserve our way of life by potentially taking the lives of others. Serving the pastoral care needs of this select and largely secular cross-section of society is never routine. Comfort zones of both the caregiver and receiver can be understandably stretched, but surprisingly similar. After a 25 year career in the Australian Army Marcaus retrained as a Baptist pastor in order to serve in his present role as a uniformed chaplain. From the everyday barracks environment in Brisbane to national and international deployments for training, natural disasters, and potential conflict, the role and responsibilities of the military Chaplain are privileged and profound. Come gain anecdotal insight into sharing Christ through care and connection wherever you may find your heart for mission deployed.
Sulari Nielsen
Discerning and living into my call to mission is a mandate for all followers of Jesus. Three words are pertinent here – discernment, living and mission. None of these categories are possible without a life that is spiritually transformed in Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. If the Kingdom of God is to continue to be revealed to a world hungry for Jesus, we will need to recover the spiritual praxis that is crucial to mission being “a way of life” in the everyday in our neighbourhoods and contexts.
Pip Miner
Maybe your heart is for mission, maybe it always has been! But your head, well, it's not there yet! How do you move forward towards this call, what are the steps, what do I do today, in order to live out my obedience tomorrow? Join Tim and Melanie Downes as they share insights into their journey in mission. From a builder and teacher in Cairns to inter-cultural workers living and serving in an African village.
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Susan Campbell
We wrap up the conference with an encouragement to have our eyes fixed on Jesus, our imaginations charged, our minds swtiched on and and our hope in the vision of a great multitude from all tribes and people and nations worshipping the King.
Schedule WA NT and SA East Coast
Session 1
12.00-12.40pm
1.30-2.10pm
2.00-2.40pm
Hubs Break
12.40-1.00pm
2.10-2.30pm
2.40-3.00pm
Session 2
1.00-1.40pm
2.30-3.10pm
3.00-3.40pm
Hubs Break
1.40-2.30pm
3.10-4.00pm
3.40-4.30pm
Session 3
2.30-3.10pm
4.00-4.40pm
4.30-5.10pm
Hubs Break
3.10-3.30pm
4.40-5.00pm
5.10-5.30pm
Session 4
3.30-4.10pm
5.00-5.40pm
5.30-6.10pm
Hubs Wrap-up
4.10-4.30pm
5.40-6.00pm
6.10-6.30pm