Session 1

Speaker Workshop
Steve Abbott Key Practical Biblical Elements of Personal Witness
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So many Christians appear to struggle with fear and apprehension when it comes to sharing their faith. Many end up witnessing by accident because they enter their various contexts unprepared and are taken by surprise if asked a spiritual question. This seminar is designed to assist Christians with very practical and doable skills so they feel more confident and can become more intentional in their witness.

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Steve is married to Sue and they have three adult children plus four grandchildren. He has great passion for people to come to know and follow Jesus. His first position was as Senior Minister in a country regional parish of NSW (1981-1989 Milton/Ulladulla) and his most recent as the Senior Minister of a large suburban Anglican Church in Sydney Diocese (2006-2016 West Pennant Hills). In between these years, he has served as the Minister for Evangelism and Discipleship at St Stephen’s evangelical Episcopal church in Pittsburgh, PA (1989-1992) before returning to Australia as an itinerate Evangelist, Trainer and Church Consultant with the Department of Evangelism for the Diocese of Sydney (1992-2000). In 2001 he commenced lecturing part-time at Ridley Anglican College in Melbourne, Victoria, training future ministers in Evangelism, Practical Ministry and Biblical Theology of Mission. In conjunction with this lecturing position, he was also a Mentor for younger and inexperienced Anglican Ministers across the state of Victoria, under the banner of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Church (EFAC) in Australia. Steve is the author of Everyday Evangelism, a lifestyle witnessing tool for creating Christian confidence.

Richard Condie Engaging with the world after the same sex marriage changes
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Now that same-sex marriage has been approved by parliament, Australia and the church are in a different situation.  How should we engage with both our society’s leaders, and our non-Christian friends, family and work colleagues in this new reality?

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Bishop Richard Condie has spent most of his adult life active in ministry. He taught in a theological college before leading St Jude’s Church in Carlton for 14 years. He became the 12th Bishop of Tasmania in March 2016. Bishop Richard is passionate about the bible and helping people grow as disciples of Jesus. He is married to Helen with two young adult children.

Stephen Carnaby Making the most of the kids talk in church
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So you have (or want to have) a segment in your service every Sunday where the kids come up to the front. What do you do with them? How do you make the most of that time? What if they don’t listen to you or start running around! Come and discuss ideas and learn some practical skills.

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Stephen Carnaby is the Diocesan Director of Ministry Development, co-ordinating training and developing local churches. Before that role he spent 17 years leading local churches in Bellerive, Sandy Bay and Burnie, which included lots of involvement in kids’ ministry. He is passionate about equipping people to serve God in Tasmania and beyond.

John Stanley Creative engagement strategies
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In an era of declining church attendance, how do you grow your church and advance your mission?

Many churches seem to struggle with building a good reputation in their neighbourhood. But churches that are transformational are not waiting for the neighbours to come to them. Instead, they go out and meet the neighbours. They have abandoned the “come and see” model for the “go and be good news” model. In this session we will explore ways to be intentional in our engagement, inviting discipleship without sacrificing relationship, and by listening to our neighbourhood we’ll identify gospel opportunities that will provide context for our witness. We will try out a variety of attainable engagement tools and equip you to strategically link your lifestyle to your church vision.

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John Stanley is an evangelist who works in community; in family with Alison and their three boys, in churches in Hobart, Melbourne, Kings Cross and the US, as neighbour to the least the last and the lost. Through 29 years of ministry on the edges of the church John has seen how the church-as-community can transform the city around us. He lives in New Town with Alison and their dog Max.

Mark North Connecting the Church with young people
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If the Church is the body of Christ, and every part has its purpose… How do we as a church, make sure we’re connecting with our younger members? You may have heard of thinking of your family as a church, but what about thinking of your Church as a family? Come along to this elective and consider the opportunities out there for working towards an intergenerational Church.

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Mark serves as the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at St Clements in Kingston. He has experienced school, camping and parish ministry. One of his passions is to see young people hear, believe and live the good news of the Gospel. Mark and his wife Morgan have four kids (aged 11, 9, 7 and 2). They love being active… and eating pizza! But not at the same time.

Andrea Hensher Bring a friend: Alpha and the culture of invitation
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Alpha is a great opportunity to invite the people we know and love into a low-pressure conversation about God and faith. But for many of us, asking can be a barrier. What if they say no? What if they reject me? What if they say yes? Come along to the workshop to learn how to reach out without fear.

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Andrea Hensher has a background in journalism and translation and works for Alpha as the Church Relationship Coordinator for Southern Tasmania. In this role she works across all denominations and settings supporting and serving churches with resources and training. She lives in Hobart with her husband Martin, 4 children and an unruly dog. The family moved to Hobart from London in 2011. She has been involved in lay pastoral ministry both here and in the UK for many years and is currently an ordinand in the Tasmania Diocese.

Will Longbottom and Aaron Johnstone Answering tricky questions in the workplace
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Answering tricky questions is difficult in the best of times, let alone in the workplace where the pressure is higher and your reputation and credibility is on the line. This workshop will look at some practical ways Christians can navigate tricky and even controversial questions in a winsome and persuasive way at work.

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Aaron is married to Rachel and has recently moved back to Hobart to join Wilbur at City Bible Forum Hobart in 2018, after completing his MDiv at Sydney Missionary & Bible College from 2015-2017. Before moving to Sydney for study, Aaron worked at UTAS for the local AFES group, the University Fellowship of Christians. He attends Summerleas Christian Church on Sundays.

Will is an elder and missions co-ordinator at Crossroads Presbyterian Church. Wilbur made the move into full time ministry this year and is Tasmanian State Director for City Bible Forum where he co-ordinates workplace outreach and evangelistic prayer teams. He was a founding member of the Pilgrim Hill Association and served for five years on the association committee as treasurer and then secretary. Previously he worked at Vodafone as an analyst and team leader and is passionate about using his experience of the corporate world to help other Christians to better navigate the workplace.

Helen Phillips Women Making Disciples
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Jesus calls all of us to be disciple makers. This workshop will explore some possibilities for achieving this in the many contexts women find themselves throughout their lives: from playgrounds to workplaces, from sports fields to specialist activity groups. Where ever and how ever we live our lives we can influence others to consider becoming a follower of Jesus. We begin this by growing in our own awareness, confidence and effectiveness.

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Helen has been rector of the Parish of Howrah Sandford for the past 9 years and Archdeacon for Women for the past 18 months having previously been a district Mission Support Officer in Southern Tasmania. Her early years involved ministry among children and young people within the Anglican Church and with other denominations when working with Scripture Union. She trained as an Early Childhood teacher in Hobart and also worked as a welfare officer, church administrator and Safe Ministry Officer. Helen has with Ray helped raise four adult sons and now also enjoys the company of four daughters in law and six grandchildren. She is keen that all Tasmanians have the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus.

Ian and Fiona Oates Disciple making in rural areas
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In order to be relevant to today’s culture we can no longer ‘tweak’ what we already have, but instead need to create something new.

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Ian Oates has been engaged in Christian mission and outreach for nearly 40 years, both in Australia and cross-culturally.

Fiona Oates is a gifted architect and someone who desires to see ‘transformed communities’; the built environment and how it is used can have an impact on the health of communities.

Samuel Green Islam and Christianity
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As the issue of Islam increases in all areas of our society, it is important for the church to be prepared. This seminar will help you understand how to approach Islam, talk to Muslims, and how to understand your own faith better.

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Samuel Green is married and has five children. He became a Christian while at university and has been involved in various Christian ministries. Since 1999 he has worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) as a campus evangelist and Islamic Engagement Director. He is also a writer for the Answering Islam website and an Anglican Interfaith Chaplain. Engaging with Islam is one of Samuel’s main interests and he does this through writing, training, evangelism, lectures and debates. He and his family attend an Anglican church. Samuel has degrees in theology (MTC) and chemical engineering (UNSW). He is a marriage counsellor with Prepare/Enrich.

Jennifer Cavanough Helping build disability inclusive Christian communities
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We know Jesus modelled engagement with all sorts of people. How do we successfully welcome people with disabilities into our church community so they feel they belong?

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Jennifer Cavanough is the Safe Church Communities Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania. Her professional experience is in special education, providing educational support in public schools across many disabilities, and in counselling. Having grown up with a sister who is Deaf has given Jennifer a personal insight into the impact of discrimination on those who have a disability.  Jennifer is a keen advocate for people with a disability to be recognised as people of significance and value.

Session 2

Speaker Workshop
Steve Abbott Understanding the Five Thresholds Unbelievers Cross from Distrust to Trust in Jesus
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Like Jesus, I trust we want to see people come to put their faith in, and decide to follow Jesus for the rest of their life. Therefore it will be really helpful if we better understand the process that most unbelievers pass through in this spiritual journey. By grasping the five common thresholds that people cross in coming to faith Christians can better serve them along this pathway. This seminar will help Christians be bridge, not barrier builders, as people journey towards faith in Jesus.

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Steve is married to Sue and they have three adult children plus four grandchildren. He has great passion for people to come to know and follow Jesus. His first position was as Senior Minister in a country regional parish of NSW (1981-1989 Milton/Ulladulla) and his most recent as the Senior Minister of a large suburban Anglican Church in Sydney Diocese (2006-2016 West Pennant Hills). In between these years, he has served as the Minister for Evangelism and Discipleship at St Stephen’s evangelical Episcopal church in Pittsburgh, PA (1989-1992) before returning to Australia as an itinerate Evangelist, Trainer and Church Consultant with the Department of Evangelism for the Diocese of Sydney (1992-2000). In 2001 he commenced lecturing part-time at Ridley Anglican College in Melbourne, Victoria, training future ministers in Evangelism, Practical Ministry and Biblical Theology of Mission. In conjunction with this lecturing position, he was also a Mentor for younger and inexperienced Anglican Ministers across the state of Victoria, under the banner of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Church (EFAC) in Australia. Steve is the author of Everyday Evangelism, a lifestyle witnessing tool for creating Christian confidence.

Richard Condie Consider Ministry
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Have you ever thought about doing paid or ordained ministry in the Anglican Church? How do you prepare for this? What qualifications or gifts would you need? Why would you want to do it? Come along and hear from Bishop Richard, and ask any questions you have.

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Bishop Richard Condie has spent most of his adult life active in ministry. He taught in a theological college before leading St Jude’s Church in Carlton for 14 years. He became the 12th Bishop of Tasmania in March 2016. Bishop Richard is passionate about the bible and helping people grow as disciples of Jesus. He is married to Helen with two young adult children.

Emily Parsons The church's role in mentoring young people
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How do we draw young people into the church, into a relationship with Jesus? How do we help those who've grown up in the church not float away once they're too old for the regular structured activities? Through the simple act of mentoring, the church has a great opportunity to impact the lives of young people in our community, particularly those who don't yet know Jesus.

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Emily Parsons is a trained youth worker currently working in Launceston. Despite being young, Emily already has 10 years of Youth Ministry experience under her belt. Her passion is for young people to feel connected with themselves, their family, their community and God. Emily currently works at City Mission as a Youth Mentor, getting alongside at risk young people in the greater Launceston area.  She is also Youth Ministry Equipper at Barney's Anglican Church in the Northern Suburbs of Launceston. Barney's Youth provides a safe, incisive and Jesus centred community for young people; a place to ask questions, learn about life and grow into who they were treated to be. Barney's Youth primarily works with un-churched young people who are hearing and experiencing the gospel for the first time. Jesus modelled relationship focussed ministry, and it's through imitating this, Emily and her team have been able to reach out to many families in the community who wouldn't know about Jesus otherwise.

Paul Hueston Everyday Pastoral Care Making Disciples every day
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Pastoral Care is an essential part of Making Disciples - but you don’t need to be an expert - what does effective everyday pastoral care look like and just how is Pastoral Care effective in making disciples?  Come along to explore everyday pastoral care and its important place in disciple making.

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Paul grew up in country NSW, spent some time flying around in aeroplanes, studied at SMBC and has been the Coordinator of Chaplaincy / Pastoral Care at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Chaplain to the JW Whittle Palliative Care Ward since 2011. Before moving to Tasmania Paul was Coordinator of Pastoral Care at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney and before then worked in Arnhem land with indigenous communities. He has a wealth of experience in Pastoral Care, and is a trainer in Pastoral Care, Chaplaincy and CPE. Paul is a Level 2 Clinical Pastoral Supervisor (CPE); Spiritual Care Australia – Tasmania branch committee member; Tasmanian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry – Regional Coordinator;

Pete Adlem Preaching to make disciples
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Some preach to bring understanding... Some preach to stir up the heart… But how can preaching be used by God’s Spirit for long term disciple-making?

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Pete Adlem has been pastoring at St Clements, Kingston, for the past twelve and a half years and is a co-enabler of Channel-Cygnet. He is passionate about sharing God’s word with others and making disciples. Pete is married to Lisa and has two sons, Stephen and Nathan.

Chris Bowditch Using a playgroup as part of a pathway to discipleship
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Lots of churches have activities such as playgroups, where people from the community come along, who don’t yet know Jesus.  How do we make the most of these activities, so that they are a strategic part of a pathway for non-Christians to become disciples of Jesus?

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Chris realised what Jesus death meant for him as an adult on an Anglican Camping Camp in January 2001. He is married to Ellisa and they have one beautiful daughter. In 2017 he began ministering amongst the people of Lindisfarne as the Priest in Charge at Lindisfarne Anglican Church.

Victor Shaw Will you walk with me? Caring for and discipling same sex attracted Christians
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Same sex attracted people are in our churches and we should expect God will call gays, lesbians and bi-sexuals to faith in Christ. How can we be a people who walk alongside our same sex attracted sisters and brothers as they wrestle with what being a disciple of Christ looks like for them? This seminar won't have all the answers, but I hope it will give some help about what we can do.

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Victor grew up as missionary kid in PNG. He studied Roman history at the University of Sydney and Theology at Moore Theological College. He is passionate about understanding our culture in order to communicate the gospel to our friends and neighbours in a way that they can understand. Victor is married to Claire and they have three young children. He serves as the Rector at St George’s Battery Point.

Chris Duff Reaching men
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Men are 50% of the general population, but only 39% (and dropping) of church attenders are male. In every denomination, in every age grouping, women outnumber men. Is there a secret to reaching men's hearts so that they will live their lives for Christ?

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Chris Duff is a bloke! He has lived in Australia all his life and has a heart to see Australians saved and growing as disciples of Jesus. He reckons it’s well past time that all Aussie Christians started to think of themselves as missionaries to their own countrymen (and women). "Duffy" has been involved in Christian service for over 25 years and has been an ordained Anglican Pastor for 20; ministering in Victorian cities, country NSW, and is currently "Church Planting" in semi-rural Tasmania. Chris is the eldest of 5 siblings (two brothers) and is married to Naomi. Together they have a boy (young man!) and 3 teenage daughters of their own.

Ruth Hanlon Disciple making – To the ends of the earth
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Do you have a heart for world mission? Loving the world as God does? In his love he sent Jesus who offers us abundant life now and for eternity. Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to equip us as he sends us to love the world, proclaiming this good news and making disciples. This workshop will explore how we can join God in his mission to all nations both here and abroad – supporting, praying, giving, going. We will also have the opportunity to hear CMS State Director Scott Sargent interview K as she prepares to go to as a secure Cross Cultural worker to a gospel poor nation in South East Asia.

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From a young age Ruth either wanted to be a missionary or an actress!! Her mother was born in the Sudan to Methodist Missionaries. Ruth spent 3 months in Zimbabwe at the age of 19 and fell in love with Africa! She had hoped to return but finds herself currently doing missionary work in Tasmania not Tanzania! With her husband Michael she has been involved in local mission in Victoria with Scripture Union and with an Intercontinental Summer Mission in France while living in the U.K. Ruth has a heart for mission and is delighted to have recently become a member of CMS Tasmania branch council. Formerly a Social Worker, Ruth is currently the Assistant Minister at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart. She is married to Michael and has four beautiful children.

Margaret Savage Let’s talk; Faith, church and mental illness.
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Through a facilitated discussion this session will start to explore a helpful biblical and clinical understanding of mental illness. And look at some practical tools for churches and individuals that can assist in supporting and walking alongside those experiencing the journey of mental illness.

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Margaret is Anglicare’s Parish Community Development Worker, a position that endeavours to link the work of the Diocese with the work of Anglicare, forging partnerships that reach out to a community in need. I grew up in Tasmania and am blessed to have experienced a number of rewarding career’s including Nursing, adult education and training, being a mother and community engagement work. I am married to Stephen, who is rector at Edge, and we have 4 grown up children. I believe in social justice and I have a passionate love for Jesus, the church and Gods people. I really want to see us reaching out to the communities we live and work in, bringing real hope to people and making a tangible difference in their lives.

Joel Kettleton, Pete Greenwood, Jamie Bester Missional Communities: Making disciples in the everyday
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1. Moving parishes to communities on mission

2. Missional Community foundations

3. Let's get practical

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Rev Joel Kettleton has been Rector of the Parish of SRT for 4 years and has moved a multi centered rural parish from maintenance mode into a series of communities on mission. Using key strategies of: Developing a culture of mission, Identifying growth potential, investment in leaders, focused mission groups and redeployment of recourses have set the parish up for future growth.

Rev Pete Greenwood has been pastor of Inner West Anglican in Kensington, Vic for 4 years. Inner West operates under the Soma model of missional communities with 6 communities on mission. Pete presents on the foundations that need to be laid to start Missional Communities and answers the question: Why would we do Missional Communities?

Rev Jamie Bester is the pastor and church planter from Southern Beaches Anglican (SBA). SBA operates under the Soma model of missional communities, reaching five distinct communities. Jamie will walk us through some practicalities of starting and overseeing missional communities. Community contextualization, equipping and mobilizing leaders, mission focus groups, community engagement and more.