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SEMINARS

WEDNESDAY 11.30am

1. MINISTRY MARRIAGES: STAYING WELL CONNECTED - Waratah Meeting Room

With Keith & Sarah Condie

This workshop will consider the particular challenges and opportunities for ministry marriages. We will look at proven strategies that nurture emotional warmth and mutual support and enable a couple to talk about the matters close to their hearts. Our goal is to encourage healthy ministry marriages that strengthen the couple in their service of God and others.

This workshop will be useful to attend even if your spouse is not with you at the conference.

In 2019, Keith & Sarah celebrate their 38th year of marriage. They have three adult children and two daughters-in-law. For nearly twenty years, they have led numerous workshops and courses across Australia on building better marriages. For more information about the Condies, go to the Mental Health Institute.

2. RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Acacia Meeting Room

With Shane Gill

Trigger warning: This seminar will involve descriptions and discussion of the experiences and impacts of domestic and family violence. Some survivors might find its content troubling.

“In Australia one in three women experience physical violence in their lifetime. One in six Australian women experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner, and one in four experience emotional abuse from a partner.

And these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg of the brutality and horror of this epidemic. 

These statistics mean that within churches there are both victims and perpetrators. How the church and Christians respond to them is crucial in seeing justice, healing and transformation. In some cases, churches have responded to domestic & family violence in wonderfully supportive ways for victims. However sadly there have been countless times when the church has let women and children down, and sometimes put them even more at risk through disbelief, minimising the victim’s experience, or staying silent. This inadequate response must not continue.

Jesus always protects the vulnerable and exposes evil. We want to follow the example of Jesus: our model for equal, loving, and mutual human relationships.” (www.commongrace.org.au/domestic_violence)

How do we, individually and as FIEC churches, respond to domestic and family violence? We can’t ignore it, nor pretend it doesn’t happen within our church communities. Knowing what it looks like is crucial to help end it.

Our churches can, and should, play a key role in ending violence and abuse in families.

In this workshop, you’ll get to think through:

  • Why we need a thought-out response to DV;

  • What DV looks like;

  • How our faith in Jesus should shape our response.

Shane has extensive experience in family and criminal law. He is an active member of an FIEC Church in Canberra.

3. TAILORING EVANGELISM - Acacia Lower Lounge Room

With Connan O’Shea

This workshop will help you think about how to develop an evangelistic culture, and processes and structures to allow evangelism to take place naturally in your church.

Connan is the Senior Pastor at Lighthouse Church at Gorokan on the Central Coast.

4. LEADING CHANGE - Auditorium

With Greg Lee

Change… This six letter word can either create panic or elicit excitement. And both responses depend on how the change is presented, communicated and validated. Change in churches can be a difficult thing to sell. However, change is necessary for a church that is growing, thriving and making a difference in its community.

In this workshop, Greg Lee will get you thinking about:

  • Why we need to change;

  • Assessing the impact change will make;

  • How to communicate change;

  • Leading change by example.

Greg is the Senior Pastor of Hunter Bible Church in Newcastle.

5. GROWING A SINGING CHURCH - Waratah Lounge

With Trevor Hodge

God has given us a great gift in singing as a way to "let the word of Christ dwell richly among us".
But actually doing this can feel hard when you have a small team, limited time, no fixed address...
and everyone expects you to sound like "insert latest popular release"!

In this seminar, we will look at the reasons God wants us to be singing churches and explore ways to nurture this culture in your gatherings - particularly in a church planting context.

Trevor is the Magnification Pastor at EV on the Central Coast and works with “Magnify’ - a collective of pastors and musicians who want to serve the wider church. Magnify provides community, thinking, ongoing training, songs and resources to help us magnify the reality of our glorious God together. Check it out at magnify.org.au.

WEDNESDAY
4.30pm

1. MINISTRY MARRIAGES: STAYING WELL CONNECTED - Waratah Meeting Room

With Keith & Sarah Condie

This is a repeat of the 11.30am seminar.

This workshop will consider the particular challenges and opportunities for ministry marriages. We will look at proven strategies that nurture emotional warmth and mutual support and enable a couple to talk about the matters close to their hearts. Our goal is to encourage healthy ministry marriages that strengthen the couple in their service of God and others.

This workshop will be useful to attend even if your spouse is not with you at the conference

In 2019, Keith & Sarah celebrate their 38th year of marriage. They have three adult children and two daughters-in-law. For nearly twenty years, they have led numerous workshops and courses across Australia on building better marriages. For more information about the Condies, go to the Mental Health Institute.

2. RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Acacia Meeting Room

With Shane Gill

This is a repeat of the 11.30am seminar.

Trigger warning: This seminar will involve descriptions and discussion of the experiences and impacts of domestic and family violence. Some survivors might find its content troubling.

“In Australia one in three women experience physical violence in their lifetime. One in six Australian women experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner, and one in four experience emotional abuse from a partner.

And these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg of the brutality and horror of this epidemic. 

These statistics mean that within churches there are both victims and perpetrators. How the church and Christians respond to them is crucial in seeing justice, healing and transformation. In some cases, churches have responded to domestic & family violence in wonderfully supportive ways for victims. However sadly there have been countless times when the church has let women and children down, and sometimes put them even more at risk through disbelief, minimising the victim’s experience, or staying silent. This inadequate response must not continue.

Jesus always protects the vulnerable and exposes evil. We want to follow the example of Jesus: our model for equal, loving, and mutual human relationships.” (www.commongrace.org.au/domestic_violence)

How do we, individually and as FIEC churches, respond to domestic and family violence? We can’t ignore it, nor pretend it doesn’t happen within our church communities. Knowing what it looks like is crucial to help end it.

Our churches can, and should, play a key role in ending violence and abuse in families.

In this workshop, you’ll get to think through:

  • Why we need a thought-out response to DV;

  • What DV looks like;

  • How our faith in Jesus should shape our response.

Shane has extensive experience in family and criminal law. He is an active member of an FIEC Church in Canberra.

3. WEDDINGS & FUNERALS - Acacia Lower Lounge Room

With Dave & Ruth Sheath

Weddings and funerals provide great opportunities for growing and strengthening God's people, as well as a unique gospel opportunity for family and friends. Dave and Ruth will share their insights and experience of how to make the most of weddings and funerals without compromising our other priorities in a busy ministry life.

This seminar will have valuable information for FIEC wedding celebrants.

Dave & Ruth were core members of the team that planted The Lakes Evangelical Church on the Central Coast of NSW in 2002. Dave is the Senior Pastor of Lakes and Ruth is involved in coaching with Geneva Push.

4. PARENTING WITH GRACE - Auditorium

With Jim & Lesley Ramsay

Parenting… so rewarding and yet so hard… We love our kids and want the best for them. We want them to grow up to follow Jesus. But how do we do help those things happen? By parenting with grace…

Jim and Lesley will help you consider what parenting in light of the grace of God will look like in your family situation. They will speak from their own experience of bringing up 4 kids and many years of ministry in churches and chaplaincy.

Jim is the FIEC Chaplain and Lesley a Chaplain at Moore College. They live on the Central Coast and are members of EV Church.



















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