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see below for 2016 conference
The FIEC Annual Conference is an opportunity for our Member Churches, including their Staff, Elders and Leaders, to come together to be refreshed and encouraged in the task and prayer of seeing Australia won for Christ.
In 2016 we looked at Gospel Growth in a Hostile World. Australia is becoming less accepting of Biblical Christianity. Apathy and other religions are on the rise. The NT describes Jesus’ followers as ‘Aliens’ and ‘Strangers’. We are at odds with the prevailing world views of our communities. How are our church plants to react against this backdrop? Church members, pastors and families, new disciples, all are confronted by the forces that oppose the gospel.
At Conference 2016 Peter Orr challenged us from 1 Peter each morning, revealing how God’s Word attacks the problem. Dave Sheath and Col Marshall explored ‘Gospel Growth in a Hostile World. And Greg Lee and Mark Thompson helped us realign our doctrine and practice.
Seminars on getting a church plant started, ministry matters for women, strengthening our administration and evangelism, are just some of the other topics covered. Vigorous networking and meal-time conversations will continue to be a highlight throughout the three days.
THIS YEAR'S PRESENTERS
Peter is originally from Northern Ireland (where he attended an FIEC church). He studied at Moore College before travelling to the University of Durham to complete a PhD in New Testament studies. Peter is married to Emma and they have four young boys, Benjamin, Oliver, Jonathan and Daniel. We begin each day with him leading us in 3 studies from 1 Peter as we consider our status as aliens and pilgrims in this world.
Dave is the Lead Pastor at The Lakes Church on the NSW Central Coast. With his wife, Ruth and family he has seen God’s blessing as the church has grown from the small beginning back in 2002. Dave will lead us we dig into the issues surrounding ‘Gospel Growth in Hostile World’.
Mark is married to Kathryn and they have four daughters: Elizabeth, Anna, Rachel and Mary He has been teaching doctrine since 1991 and is the head of the Theology, Philosophy and Ethics department at Moore College, Sydney. He will lead us in evaluating the way our doctrine and church life is being influenced by trends in contemporary society.
Col has spent the past 40 years training men and women in the ministry of the gospel. He is the author of The Trellis and the Vine (with Tony Payne). Col founded the Vinegrowers ministry in 2010 to help pastors and church leaders implement the principles of The Trellis and the Vine and build churches where disciple-making affects everything.
For the past 20 years Andrew has been the Lead Pastor at EV Church in Erina, NSW. He has given much of his time to thinking into the ways and means of bringing the gospel to an area through church planting. Andrew has developed strategic models for helping churches of all sizes become more efficient and effective in reaching a community and maturing their membership.
Hunter Bible Church has had been led by Greg, who grew up on he Central Coast and took on the role of Pastor in 2000. With his wife, Emma, and family, they have seen God bless the work as the church grew from a university ministry into broader congregations. Greg will lead us into thinking through how we stay ‘on message’ in our ministries and planting additional churches.
Lesley and her husband Jim have spent a lifetime in ministry, working with pastors and church leaders.
Lesley has extensive understandings of the pressures and tensions involved for female pastors and ministry wives. Lesley's input and perspective is always refreshing and insightful for all.
Cathie is married to Andrew and together they have been part of planting and growing EV Church for the past 20 years.
Cathie brings a deep understanding of ministry teams and the impacts on ministry families and their congregations.
FIEC Conference is at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre. We use the Waratah/Banksia/Acacia site (which is on the left as you arrive at the driveway).
In the coming weeks, we'll provide details about who to contact if you're travelling by train.
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SEMINARS & TIMETABLE
Strategic Planning 101 (Andrew Mitchell)
Effective planning is critical to effective disciple making and church activity. In this session we will consider the activities, timing and tools to support the annual church planning process.
Training women to Love their Husbands and kids (Lesley Ramsay)
Lesley is a well known speaker and mentor to women. She will be outlining how women can help other women minister to their husbands and children. And there will be plenty of time for questions and learning from the shared experiences of other women at the conference.
Evangelising people coming from a Roman Catholic background (Mark Gilbert)
Has the Reformation been overturned? Mark heads up ‘Certainty4Eternity’ and is continuing his ministry from earlier conferences. Reaching people from a Roman Catholic, or similar, background requires careful thought. Come and learn skills and approaches set within a pastorally sensitive base.
Implementing Safe Ministry Practices
Dave Moore and Kristy Cordery will outline the legal and insurance requirements that churches need to meet and simple steps to implement to help your church be a safe place, a legal place and an insurable place.
Making the Most of Groups: Growing a Healthy Women’s Ministry in a Time Poor Culture.
Ruth Sheath has partnered with her husband (Dave) in planting a church and raising a family.
Discover how we can purposefully use the benefits and opportunities of women meeting in groups to grow women, in their knowledge and love of Christ, and in an ability to serve Him throughout their lives.
Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you... (Trevor Hodge & Jon Baldwin)
Its a bigger issue than ‘how do we make our music sound good’! Singing together is a joy and discipline that God has given us to engage with Him, transform us in Christlikeness, build up His church and proclaim His glory to the nations. In this session we’ll explore how we as leaders can encourage a healthy church culture of praise and song, and different issues that can hold this back.
Marriages and Funerals in Church Plants
(Roy Davidson and Jim Ramsay)
Roy will be explaining the governmental Rules and Regulations pertaining to Marriage Licenses for independent churches.
Jim will look at the Form of Services for a reformed and evangelical ministry with regard to both wedding and funerals, as well as the associated pastoral issues.
Getting ‘The Discipling Pathway’ right in a new church (Craig Dobbie)
Craig’s experience will help you set up a ministry pathway. He is now serving in a smaller church (Peninsula EV) and is in the process of establishing a clear discipling pathway in that congregation. He is working at turning atheists into missionaries who have a mature grasp of the gospel.
Raising Financial Management Standards for God. (Jeanette Korporaal & Cecil Benjamin)
We need to glorify God in the management of our church finances. Jeanette Korporaal & Cecil Benjamin have worked with over 500 churches over 25 years and have a passion to teach church leadership how to effectively & efficiently manage the finances of your church. This includes:
- Why & how to budget
- Establishing efficient systems, processes & policies
- Financial reports, how to read them and what to do with them
- What to do to prepare for your audit or accounts review
- Minister's expense allowances - best ways to deal with them
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