HUBS

Building on last year’s successful regional hub model, we’re now expanding to even more locations in 2022! To ensure each HUB enjoys the same high-quality training and resourcing that AMPLIFY is known for, our exceptional trainers will be located across multiple HUBs, while others will deliver their training via pre-recorded video (with facilitated group participation at each HUB).

The following elements will be at most hubs:

Opening Plenary session:
worship together & keynote session

Second Plenary session:
choose your stream – Children & Families, Youth or RI in Schools (QLD only)

3 Elective sessions

Lunch & morning tea provided

Online Hubs

Online

Can’t make it to a Hub?
You can still be part of the AMPLIFY experience with access to our speakers and a range of electives at the amazing price of just $20.

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Online Schedule

8:30amRegistrations Open
9:00amPlenary Session 1:
Celebrate our opening together and listen to the voices of some of our young people.
10:00amTransition
10:10amPlenary Session 2:
Choose your keynote speaker:
Rachel Turner (Children & Families)
Dan Paterson (Youth)
Ben Dainton (Junior Leaders) {and for QLD Hubs}
or David Baker (RI in Schools)
11:00amMorning Tea
11:30amElectives Session 1
12:30pmLunch
1:30pmElective Session 2
2:30pmTransition
2:40pmElective Session 3
3:40pmTransition
3:50pmClosing session
4:00pmConference End

Online

Click on the Sessions below to see what electives are on offer in each time slot.

Session 1: Electives

Children and Families:
Enabling friends’ families to spiritually parent - Rachel Turner

All parents spiritually disciple their children, even if they have little or no faith. How can we as the church wade into those conversations with families on the fringes of our churches and encourage them in their spiritual role in the lives of their children? This session will cover key truths parents and carers need, how to position ourselves well to support them, and some practical steps to enable every family to nurture the spiritual lives of their children.

Children and Families:
Engaging kids in God’s big story - Leanne Palmer

The Bible is God’s Big Story! A story of love, failure, rescue, redemption, grace and promise. It's a story that goes before us, includes and invite us, and a story that goes beyond us. In the Bible we see lives transformed through encountering God and following Jesus. However, the world of our kids can be so different to the places, the experiences and the contexts of the stories we share. How do we engage our 21st century kids with the Bible in real, relevant and life-changing ways?

Children and Families:
Relevant kids’ ministry in 2022 - Tracey Valentine

Several recent studies reveal why some kids become disengaged from the church or why faith doesn't seem relevant for them. We will delve into some solutions which are adaptable for every church context. Everyone can make a difference in a church community to help kids feel engaged. This elective is designed for all kids ministry volunteers as well as those who lead the ministry. You will leave with very practical ideas to help you increase the impact of your ministry. Tracy is passionate about ensuring we create thriving church communities where children feel loved and feel they belong as they grow in their faith. She has been a Kids and Families Pastor for 15 years and Lectures in Kids Ministry for the Queensland Baptist Theological College, Malyon.

Children and Families:
Working with 0 to 5’s - Bethany McGibbon

Arguably, your early years ministry is the most foundational and critical ministry in the life of your church. Join us as we unpack the 'why' we provide a ministry space for young children and explore how to create an engaging and exciting space/program that will see preschoolers’ hearts set on fire for Jesus.

Children and Families:
How to teach the Connect RI curriculum (RI applicable) - Natasha Percy
Children and Families:
How do you teach the new refreshed GodSpace Green 2022 curriculum (RI applicable) - Sally Smith
Children and Families:
Managing classroom and child behaviour (RI applicable) - Terry Williams

Understanding some of the factors that cause behaviour is a beginning step in shaping appropriate response strategies for helping children to manage their behaviour and keep you in control. Practical components of the session include some first step strategies, preparatory checklists and a 10 Point Discipline Plan to help you help a child to navigate through their challenging behaviours to bring positive results.

Children and Families:
Foundations training for RI instructors: Module 3 (RI applicable elective over sessions 1&2) - Lou Hodgson

Foundations Training Module 3 covers the core skills and capabilities for an RI Instructor to present RI in their classroom. The module will cover models of learning, practical aspects and using the curriculum.

Youth:
Engaging spiritual conversations with youth - Steve Forward

When it comes to spiritual conversations, Jesus was a true master. In this session, we will explore 7 tools that Jesus used to amazing effect in his conversations and apply them to the issues and concerns facing today's young people.

Youth:
Developing young leaders - Brad Case

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch volunteers. How do you develop them into more competent and more capable leaders that will support and then out-lead you? How do you make them into a team that is humming along and kicking goals? In this session we’ll discover some way to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.

Youth:
Including youth with neurodiversity - Stuart Conkie

Neurodiverse people think and operate a little differently. This term is used when describing people with autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and others. Neurodiverse youth often struggle fitting in at church and school. This session will provide some practical ideas on how to help them.

Youth:
Leading teams of volunteers - Tom Schmidt

The success of any ministry relies heavily on the health of the leadership team. There are many challenges to maintaining a healthy team. Everything from taking the right steps to form a team through to keeping a team focused, motivated and passionate over the long run. This elective will give you practical insight and tips into starting a team well and maintaining the health of a team over many years so that your ministry will last and have true kingdom impact.

Youth:
Identity Matters - Nurturing Young People’s Spiritual AND Personal Identity - Rowan Lewis
Leadership & Culture:
Why is reading the Bible so hard sometimes? - Josh Bartlett

So you think the Bible's important. Most of your volunteers do too, and maybe even the people you're ministering to. But how good are you at reading it regularly? The stats say most of us aren't as good at it as we'd like. So what's stopping us? In this elective Josh will outline some common obstacles to Bible engagement, and we'll explore how we can overcome them. Josh has had many years of experience volunteering on Scripture Union camps, and now works as Bible engagement facilitator with Wycliffe Bible Translators Australia. In his role he helps people overcome whatever obstacles get in the way of them engaging with God through the Bible.

Leadership & Culture:
Leading in a multigenerational society - Andy Kirk

We are currently living in a Dynamic, Diverse and Disconnected time in History with 6 Generations all wrestling with life and Faith. In this elective Andy explores all these aspects and how we can lead and connect the generations together.

Leadership & Culture:
21st-century living – anxiety, uncertainty and constant change - Kerry Moss

Humanity has been grappling with an invasion of mind. Fear and anxiety have moved in and whilst it is understandable when the world does not feel stable, we know we are made for greater things. This session aims firstly to help understand what is happening in anxious moments for individuals and its effect on relationships. We were designed and created for relationship and anxiety can often dent and damage the ways we connect with others and with God. The pandemic and other world issues have generally intensified feelings of anxiety, confusion and uncertainty. With that in mind, we will also explore lifestyle strategies to inspire thinking around positive connections for improved mental health and support for ourselves and our families as we continue to turn away from fear, uncertainty and constant change and turn towards the Father for His guidance in all circumstances, even when the world continues to show instability.

Leadership & Culture:
An African, an Asian and an Australian walk into a church - Tim Fawssett

A facilitated discussion between three Christians, of African, Asian and Australian decent, about their experience in life and ministry in Australia. God made all people in his image, and sees us all as beautifully made, equally in need of a Saviour and saved by grace, and each with unique gifts, perspectives and resources needed in his body, the church. In this session we will laugh and maybe cry at some of the stories that our minority-culture brothers and sisters find in our Aussie churches, and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie before us in our increasingly multicultural country.

Leadership & Culture:
Transforming a declining older congregation through missional intergenerational faith practices - Beth Barnett

Often ministry practitioners who are enthusiastic about intergenerational faith formation become discouraged by the sense that an older traditional congregation will not embrace intergenerational practices. "That would never work in my older congregation..." is a common cry. This workshop explores some of the cultural and spiritual dynamics that block or welcome intergenerational faith. It addresses what is needed in leadership, in resourcing, in healing the past and in developing the theological vision of the community. The presentation with use Australian case studies; research; practical resource samples and key discussion questions to help participants consider the dynamics at work in their own context and find some steps forwards - walking the intergenerational path in peace and joy. Especially suitable for Ministers and Pastors, worship leaders and intergenerational advocates.

Leadership & Culture:
Engaging spiritual conversations about diverse gender and sexuality - Steve Forward

Diverse gender and sexuality is a hot topic at the moment, particularly in Christian circles. In this session, we will be exploring 7 tools that Jesus used in his spiritual conversations with people and applying them to conversations around diverse gender and sexuality.

Session 2: Electives

Children and Families:
Equipping families for difficult times - Rachel Turner

Sometimes families struggle with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Drawing on her experience of working with families, and principles from her books Comfort in the Darkness and the upcoming book Comfort in Times of Uncertainty, Rachel will discuss some key principles in empowering parents and carers to coach their children spiritually through the common difficulties families face.

Children and Families:
Systems versus personnel - Andy Kirk

What can be Systemized and what MUST remain Personalized?? In this elective Andy Kirk unpacks how we can created incredible processes and systems to release us to be more effective Pastors.

Children and Families:
Child safeguarding: making it simple, effective and easy - Aleisha Reader-white

Whilst there are many critics, churches have enhanced children’s safety within ministry settings since the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. However, the need to continuously increase capability and capacity to identify, engage and appropriately respond to child safety issues remains ever present. This presentation will significantly help Pastors and their teams protect our children, appropriately respond in times of crisis, protect themselves, their organisations, and enhance compliance with complex legislation. We will also address key factors to creating gold standard child safe organisations specifically for church and faith-based environments. Ensuring that leaders can practically implement learnings directly into their Ministries. Child safeguarding, whilst not the most interesting nor fun topic, is arguably one of THE most important parts of today’s child and youth ministry.

Children and Families:
Working with 0 to 5’s - Bethany McGibbon

Arguably, your early years ministry is the most foundational and critical ministry in the life of your church. Join us as we unpack the 'why' we provide a ministry space for young children and explore how to create an engaging and exciting space/program that will see preschoolers’ hearts set on fire for Jesus.

Children and Families:
The power of story - Terry Williams

How can you hold an audience without a rope? Come and discover the key elements in the art of storytelling that will help to connect with your audience, maintain their attention and create a special space for God to touch people’s hearts and minds. Such is the power of story and it is as easy as A, B, C & D.

Children and Families:
How to teach students with special needs (RI applicable) - Cheryl Clendinning
Children and Families:
Making the most of memory verses and music (RI applicable) - Matt Gorton

Whether a Professional muso or someone who can't hold a tune, using and teaching memory verses and music are 2 of the most effective ways of teaching kids God's truth. How do you do it well? This is relevant for any children's ministry, including Religious Instruction in schools, Kids Church, Kids Clubs, Church services, etc...

Children and Families:
Foundations training for RI instructors: Module 3 (RI applicable elective over 2 Sessions: 1&2 or 2&3) - Lou Hodgson

Foundations Training Module 3 covers the core skills and capabilities for an RI Instructor to present RI in their classroom. The module will cover models of learning, practical aspects and using the curriculum.

Youth:
Managing critical incidents - Andrew Beavers

How do effectively manage incidents that arise on our programs and keep all participants and volunteers safe? This session will look at how do we process information coming in during and incident and how do we set up clear processes beforehand to provide the best possible outcomes in any situation that could arise.

Youth:
Engaging spiritual conversations with youth - Steve Forward

When it comes to spiritual conversations, Jesus was a true master. In this session, we will explore 7 tools that Jesus used to amazing effect in his conversations and apply them to the issues and concerns facing today's young people.

Youth:
Empowering youth through music - Heather Pitman

Music can shape cultural identity, build community and help young people to feel a sense of belonging and being understood. During this session we will explore how to use the tool of music to engage young people better, build stronger relationships and help develop fun and inclusive communities.

Youth:
When Faith Flounders - Helping Amidst Doubt, Questions and Crisis - Rowan Lewis

With so many young people losing their faith and leaving the church a crucial leadership skill is helping young people when they have doubts and questions concerning their faith. Too often we are quick to talk and slow to listen. This workshop will unpack a really helpful framework to help you to feel confident working with young people as they navigate the hard times in their faith.

Youth:
Leaving the nest: transitioning young adults - Erica Skerman
Leadership & Culture:
Leading change - Leanne Palmer

I wonder how you respond when you see the word – CHANGE? This has been an extended season of ongoing and unprecedented change. As leaders we’ve been required to adapt, to pivot, to drop and to create - often with very short lead times, limited resources and in a context of high expectations. Sometimes the pace and frequency of change has left us exhausted or disillusioned, other times it finds us energised and inspired. While leading change in this season has been a necessity, the requirement of us to lead change may be even more significant in the months and years ahead. The skills for leading your team, your ministry, your church or community through change will be invaluable both now and into the future.

Leadership & Culture:
Learning to apply cross cultural mission here at home - Tim Fawssett

If we go into a remote village in PNG, it would be critical that we applied cross-cultural skills to be able to understand these people and be understood by them. Likewise, if we work with people here in Australia who come from say African or Chinese backgrounds, then again, cross-cultural skills would be really helpful to understand and be understood. But what about engagement with our everyday, Aussie neighbour? How well do we understand "the other" - anyone who is different to us? And how well do you think they understand us when we speak? In this elective we will explore the concept of cross-cultural engagement in everyday ministry settings, picking up some simple skills we hope will improve the ways we meet the needs of children, young people and families, and see a greater impact with the gospel that we share with those who don't know Jesus.

Leadership & Culture:
Intergenerational ‘preaching’ – making Scripture more nourishing than sermons - Beth Barnett

Sermons - exegetical and practical application monologues are a recent addiction of the modern church. For many seasons of christian history, the nourishment of souls was not met by the individualist, verbal, rhetorical art of preaching. 'Preaching' in the New Testament is not simply a verbal practice but a whole of life witness of the gospel. For many congregations that seek intergenerational community, many parts of gathered worship are easily adaptable to inclusive practices - music, prayers, responses and offerings - but the sermon lacks accessible engagement. This workshop explores several practical intergenerational ways that engaging with scripture can be deeper, richer, more nourishing and more challenging than a 30 minute exegetical sermon. The resistance to intergenerational gatherings has often relied on the claim that 'we need to keep feeding mature christians' or 'we don't want to dumb down the teaching'. However, there is good evidence for accessible biblical exegetical material that will stretch everyone fits in intergenerational faith community wonderfully. Concrete examples, principles and methodologies.

Leadership & Culture:
Pastoral care among sexual and gender diversity - Chris Helm

Sexual and gender diversity and identity diversity continues to grow and become more complex, and historically, some Christian individuals and faith communities have found this difficult to navigate. This workshop will provide the opportunity to compassionately explore this as a personal and societal matter, give some insight to language often used in the dialogue, and explore ways that Jesus engaged with people around contentious topics, so that people who want to follow in the way of Jesus can implement similar principles and seek to love ourselves and our neighbours with integrity.

Leadership & Culture:
Rethinking discipleship (double elective Sessions 2&3) - Terry Williams

With current data telling us that the Western church has been losing more than 50% of young people every year from the church and the Christian faith, there is an urgent need to rethink how we are outworking Jesus’ final command to ‘go and make disciples’. Come and explore 2 foundational principles and 8 key pillars that will help to shape a long term discipling strategy for the children and young people in your context.

Session 3: Electives

Children and Families:
Parenting as a church leader - Rachel Turner

If you have children (no matter how old they are), you know that there are some unique dynamics when it comes to trying to parent at the same time as leading in a church. How can hold both these callings well, and help our families not just survive, but thrive as part of a ministry family? The session will serve as a taster for the resources available in the book and course Parenting as a Church Leader.

Children and Families:
Using children’s literature in ministry for all ages - Jillian Ross

Children's literature is full of messages that speak to all ages and are relevant to our faith. This elective will explore what we can learn about faith from children's literature and how we can use children's literature in ministry. This includes ministry with children, youth and all ages. This will be a practical, interactive session. Bring a favourite children's picture book to use in the session.

Children and Families:
Ministry resources that help to cultivate lifelong faith - Rachel Schilling

Grow Disciples is a resource developed by Grow Ministries designed to help cultivate lifelong faith. While it has been specifically created for teaching young people, it can be used in a variety of settings, including adult discipleship. Come and learn how to help your congregation implement a ministry that understands the importance of developing lifelong, intergenerational relationships between young people and adults that build a sense of belonging to your faith community. These resources also encourage the development of home and congregation partnership.

Children and Families:
Raising children in an age of screens - Terry Williams

The world is changing at an exponential pace. Technology is not going away. Denial is not a strategy that is going to work! While the challenge seems huge, come and explore some basic principles that undergird any strategy to help young people and parents to navigate through a digital world in a healthy way. Being informed is the start of the journey.

Children and Families:
Creative ideas for prayer - Judy Wharton

Visual, creative, exciting ideas to encourage your children to pray. Fun and effective ideas for families, church, RE, camps, bringing an understanding and acceptance of prayer into their everyday experience.

Children and Families:
Unpacking a Sunday - Andy Kirk

‘Unpacking a Sunday’ is a session where we walk through each part of a Sunday from Team meeting - set up - Check in - Hang time - Praise and worship - Big and small group teaching time - games and the atmospheres.

Children and Families:
Active learning: craft point to Jesus (RI applicable) - Fiona Millar

Messy, frustrating and a waste of time - while some love craft, for many children their inability to reproduce the item that has been modelled simply reinforces a sense of failure. For leaders, it can seem to be a high risk, chaotic lesson experience with heaps of preparation and little value to the children. So why bother with craft at all? The process of 'doing/making' encourages children to listen and interact in different ways and facilitates great opportunities for reflection that we miss in faster paced didactic teaching and learning.

Children and Families:
How to ask questions where the answers are not always Jesus (RI applicable) - Natasha Percy
Children and Families:
Foundations training for RI instructors: Module 3 (RI applicable elective over Sessions 2&3) - Lou Hodgson

Foundations Training Module 3 covers the core skills and capabilities for an RI Instructor to present RI in their classroom. The module will cover models of learning, practical aspects and using the curriculum.

Youth:
Ministry at the margins: and practical paradigms - Jim Schirmer

This elective is for anyone who is called - or even curious - about doing their ministry at the margins of church and society. In every generation there is a need for disciples of Jesus to go, live, learn from and bless those people in our community who would never walk through the doors of our churches. In this elective, Jim will draw on over a decade of ministry in this area to share the theological imagination and practical steps of ministry at the margins.

Youth:
The power of mentoring - Jim Schirmer

Jim Schirmer is a counsellor, educator, church re-former and spiritual mentor who has worked with youth and young adults for over 15 years. He is the author of 'The Way of the Rabbi: Stories of Discipleship from the Gospel of Mark' (Morning Star Publishing).

Youth:
Leading teams of volunteers - Tom Schmidt

The success of any ministry relies heavily on the health of the leadership team. There are many challenges to maintaining a healthy team. Everything from taking the right steps to form a team through to keeping a team focused, motivated and passionate over the long run. This elective will give you practical insight and tips into starting a team well and maintaining the health of a team over many years so that your ministry will last and have true kingdom impact.

Youth:
When Faith Flounders - Helping Amidst Doubt, Questions and Crisis - Rowan Lewis

With so many young people losing their faith and leaving the church a crucial leadership skill is helping young people when they have doubts and questions concerning their faith. Too often we are quick to talk and slow to listen. This workshop will unpack a really helpful framework to help you to feel confident working with young people as they navigate the hard times in their faith.

Leadership & Culture:
Second chair leadership – exercising influence when you lack authority - Leanne Palmer

I am a leader in my movement, but I’m not THE leader. I lead a team, so I have some authority – but not complete authority. Most leadership books are written for the small number of people at the top of teams, churches or organisations, however the majority of leaders sit in the same space that I occupy, being a leader but not THE leader. What does it look like to lead when I'm not in charge? How can I serve as a second chair leader? How can I leverage influence, add value and make a difference across the organisation. What does it mean to lead with influence? What are the keys to success? How do we thrive and be leaders of influence where we are right now?

Leadership & Culture:
Leaders between cultures: first and second generation communication and conflict - Joseph Kolapudi

The 1st generation migrant and the 2nd generation offspring of migrants have very different beliefs and worldviews which often clash both in the family and the church. As leaders, we are often caught in between the two cultures and navigating communication and conflict in a cross-cultural setting. Come hear some tips from those who have gone before on how to survive and thrive in a multicultural and multigenerational setting.

Leadership & Culture:
Life is intergenerational - Michael Stalley

"Life is Intergenerational; anyone telling you different is selling you something!" I am sure this is what the Dread Pirate Roberts said to Buttercup. Come and ask the question "Why Intergenerational?" Is this just another ministry fad that will be short lived? Or just come and find out who the Dread Pirate Roberts is!

Leadership & Culture:
A fresh look at leadership - Phillip Day

In summing up, it’s the constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe, and … no, that’s it … it’s the vibe. I rest my case.” The Castle, 1997 Often the emphasis of leadership is recruiting & training a team, and setting strategies & goals towards a vision of ministry & mission. As important as that is, that’s only part of the picture. This session will emphasise the need to attend to ‘the culture’ or ‘the vibe’ of your ministry or mission team. There are at least nine aspects to this and we will set ourselves a direction to explore them all!

Leadership & Culture:
Rethinking discipleship (double elective Sessions 2&3) - Terry Williams

With current data telling us that the Western church has been losing more than 50% of young people every year from the church and the Christian faith, there is an urgent need to rethink how we are outworking Jesus’ final command to ‘go and make disciples’. Come and explore 2 foundational principles and 8 key pillars that will help to shape a long term discipling strategy for the children and young people in your context.

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