HUBS

In a COVID shaped uncertain future, AMPLIFY can no longer gather 1000+ people at a central location.

As a result, our decentralised strategy will replicate AMPLIFY in multiple venues (HUBs) across the state, each with smaller numbers, while maintaining the quality of training and resourcing for which AMPLIFY is valued. The absence of our valued interstate trainers combined with spreading trainers across multiple hubs means some of the high quality training on offer will be pre-recorded (with facilitated group participation).

Click on your nearest Hub below to see your schedule for the day and view your suite of electives on offer.

The number in brackets (1) after each elective refers to the elective session in the day when it is offered. There are 3 elective sessions in the day. 

The following elements will be at every HUB:

Opening Plenary session: worship together & plenary speaker

Second Plenary session: choose your speaker
Children & Families, Youth or RI in Schools

3 Elective sessions

Lunch & morning tea provided

Local networking time.

Brisbane Hubs

BRISBANE North

St Paul’s School
34 Strathpine Rd, Bald Hills

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For questions relating to local details only, email
brisbanenorth@amplifyconference.com.au

Brisbane North

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

BRISBANE NORTH

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#30 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs (1)(2)
Natalie Kaiser (Live presentation)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#31 Supporting Families in Faith Formation (3)
Jillian Ross(Live presentation)

How can we as ministry leaders support families as they nurture their children's faith?


Jillian is a wife and mother with 2 young adult children. Jillian has been passionate about bringing generations together and resourcing households with faith materials for many years. Jillian has been involved in Children and Families Ministry both as a volunteer and paid worker for about 30 years.

#32 Being an Intergenerational Faith Community (2)
Jillian Ross (Live presentation)

Children and youth who are part of the wider faith community are more likely to feel a part of their faith community. Come along to hear more about doing ministry across the generations.


Jillian is a wife and mother with 2 young adult children. Jillian has been passionate about bringing generations together and resourcing households with faith materials for many years. Jillian has been involved in Children and Families Ministry both as a volunteer and paid worker for about 30 years.

#33 Using Videos to Reach & Teach Kids at Home (1)(3)
Steve Unicomb (Live presentation)

A practical look at script writing, filming and editing amazing videos to help disciple kids when they're at home.


Steve has been a Youth and Kids ministry worker at his church for 17 years and also a School Chaplain at a Primary school for 12 years.

#34 Creative Ideas to Inspire and Equip Children to Pray (1)(2)
Judy Wharton (Live presentation)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. Also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#35 Kids Ministry Online (1)
Helen Meinel (Live presentation)

A discussion in engaging children and families in an online ministry environment.


Helen Meinel

#36 Kids Talks (2)
Helen Meinel (Live presentation)

How can we deliver ‘kids talks’ that stick?


Helen Meinel

#37 How to answer questions in the RI classroom [RI Approved] (1)
Karen Grenning (Live presentation)

Blurb: TBC


Karen is the State Chair of the Qld Christian RI Network (QCRIN) and sits on the Department of Education's RI Quality Assurance Advisory Group. Karen is a current RI Coordinator and Instructor and loves working alongside other Coordinators and Instructors across Queensland.

#38 RI Foundations [RI Approved] (3)
Karen Grenning (Live presentation)

Blurb: TBC


Karen is the State Chair of the Qld Christian RI Network (QCRIN) and sits on the Department of Education's RI Quality Assurance Advisory Group. Karen is a current RI Coordinator and Instructor and loves working alongside other Coordinators and Instructors across Queensland.

#39 Responding Pastorally to Teen Gender Identity Issues (1)(3)
Greg & Meryem Brown (Live presentation)

This elective will explore gender ID issues and young people – the research, the at-risk factors and the components of an effective pastoral response.


Meryem and Greg conduct a counselling service and have worked with clients and family members affected by gender ID issues. They are often invited to present workshops on relationship issues including aspects of sexuality.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1 & 2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents (2)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1) (2)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (2)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (3)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (1) (3)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (2) (3)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality (3)
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (1) (2)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

BRISBANE SOUTH

Canterbury College
182 Old Logan Village Rd, Waterford

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
brisbanesouth@amplifyconference.com.au

BRISBANE SOUTH

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

BRISBANE SOUTH

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#40 God and You and Different Abilities (1)(2)
Alison Cox (Live presentation)

We will explore faith and ministry opportunities with people living with different abilities. This will be a safe space to ask the question you have always wanted to ask.


Alison Cox

#41 Puppets (1)(3)
Quiz Worx (Live presentation)

Using Puppets is a great way to engage and excite kids whilst teaching them the good news of Jesus. Come and learn the basics to be able to do this well.


Quiz Worx is a group that seeks to share Jesus with kids everywhere through creative and engaging shows (especially in schools). Puppetry is one of their major tools that they use.

#42 Making Disciples of a New Generation (1)(2)
Peter Blase (Live presentation)

Discover an exciting, biblical and relevant way to lead children of all ages towards following Jesus. How to develop a flexible pathway that will activate and continue to grow faith in children's lives.


Peter has been ministering to children for over 35 years. His experience spans youth & children's ministry, church planting and overseas missions. Peter is married with 5 adult children all serving Jesus and he is currently equipping leaders abroad.

#43 Unforgettable Story Telling (3)
Peter Blase (Live presentation)

TBC


Peter has been ministering to children for over 35 years. His experience spans youth & children's ministry, church planting and overseas missions. Peter is married with 5 adult children all serving Jesus and he is currently equipping leaders abroad.

#44 Building Connections Between Home and Church (1)
Greg Priebbenow (Live presentation)

TBC


Greg is a Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia with a long held passion for ministry with children, youth and households. He has developed various tools to help connect faith-at-home with the wider life of God's church.

#45 Spirituality of Children (2)
Greg Priebbenow (Live presentation)

TBC


Greg is a Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia with a long held passion for ministry with children, youth and households. He has developed various tools to help connect faith-at-home with the wider life of God's church.

#46 Boys to Men (3)
Paul Clark (Live presentation)

In a sex saturated culture, where masculinity is under attack, how do we grow honourable men?


Paul Clark is the lead Minister at Redcliffe Uniting Church. He is also a children’s author with over 20 books to his name and he has learnt the hard way what works and what doesn’t with children.

#47 Topic TBA (2)
Paul Clark (Live presentation)

TBC


Paul Clark is the lead Minister at Redcliffe Uniting Church. He is also a children’s author with over 20 books to his name and he has learnt the hard way what works and what doesn’t with children.

#48 Delivering Excellent RI [RI Approved] (1)(2)
Louise Hodgson (Live presentation)

How to deliver a positive, engaging and fun program and support this valuable service to families in your local school community.


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level

#49 Going back to new things - Ministry in a post-pandemic world (1)(3)
Carl Eckermann (Live presentation)

Covid-19 has changed the way we live. What does this mean for the way we 'do' church and how has it changed the way we approach our ministry to young people and their families?


Carl Eckermann

#50 Small Groups 101 (2)(3)
Talitha Eckermann (Live presentation)

Learn how to prepare & lead small groups. Includes tips on managing personalities, building positive & meaningful relationships, and cultivating group culture.


Talitha Eckermann

#51 Radical Discipleship (1)
Sr Mel Dwyer (Live presentation)

Encouraging young adults to serve as radical disciples of Christ in today's world. Highlighting the call to saying "yes" to Jesus, and following Him with our lives.


Sr Mel Dwyer made her Religious Profession as a Canossian Daughter of Charity on the 23rd of April 2005. Prior to entering religious life, she had a dream of representing Australia as an Olympic javelin thrower. A volunteer mission experience in Africa helped her to discover that God’s dream for her was to leave the sporting arena and serve Him radically as a consecrated woman. Having finished her degree in Secondary Education, Sr Melissa returned to Malawi, Africa where she completed 7 years as Principal of a Secondary School. She returned to Brisbane in 2016 and is currently the Delegation Leader for the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Australia as well as working for Vocations Brisbane and as the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland State Spiritual Advisor.

#52 Mission and Making a Difference (2)
Sr Mel Dwyer (Live presentation)

Sharing experience of mission and how in the small things done with love young adults can truly make a difference and change the world.


Sr Mel Dwyer made her Religious Profession as a Canossian Daughter of Charity on the 23rd of April 2005. Prior to entering religious life, she had a dream of representing Australia as an Olympic javelin thrower. A volunteer mission experience in Africa helped her to discover that God’s dream for her was to leave the sporting arena and serve Him radically as a consecrated woman. Having finished her degree in Secondary Education, Sr Melissa returned to Malawi, Africa where she completed 7 years as Principal of a Secondary School. She returned to Brisbane in 2016 and is currently the Delegation Leader for the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Australia as well as working for Vocations Brisbane and as the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland State Spiritual Advisor.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs(3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents (2)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (2)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (3)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (1) (3)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2) (3)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality (2)(3)
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (1) (2)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

BRISBANE WEST

St John’s Anglican College
College Ave, Forest Lake

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
brisbanewest@amplifyconference.com.au

BRISBANE WEST

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

BRISBANE WEST

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs(3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer(3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents (2)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1) (2)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (2) (3)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (3)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (1)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (2)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality (3)
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (1) (2)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

#60 Telling Engaging Bible Stories (1)
Josh Bartlett (Live presentation)

Telling Bible stories is a non-confrontational way of sharing our faith. Instead of inviting arguments, it invites people to see a glimpse of God's big story. In this elective, we'll explore tips for telling a Bible story that is simple, accurate, and memorable. We'll also think about ways to help people reflect on and learn from Bible stories.


Josh has had many years of experience volunteering on Scripture Union camps, and now works as Bible engagement facilitator with Wycliffe Bible translators. In his role he helps people overcome whatever obstacles get in the way of them engaging with God through the Bible.

#61 Removing Barriers to Bible Engagement (2)
Josh Bartlett (Live presentation)

Access to an English-language Bible is easier today than ever before. Yet fewer people are reading the Bible. In this elective we'll discuss the top barriers to Bible engagement and what we can do about it.


Josh has had many years of experience volunteering on Scripture Union camps, and now works as Bible engagement facilitator with Wycliffe Bible translators. In his role he helps people overcome whatever obstacles get in the way of them engaging with God through the Bible.

#62 Listening Circles (3)
Jonathan Kemp (Live presentation)

Structured Conversations for Difficult Topics. Sometimes a group (any age) wants to discuss a strategy or an issue so everyone is heard in a time-efficient and non-confronting way. This elective will give you the skill of facilitating a Circle to do that, in both on and off-line formats.


Jonathan Kemp is the Director of Youth, Children's and Families Ministry for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland.

#63 Becoming an Intergenerational Church from Scratch (2)
Jonathan Kemp (Live presentation)

Drawing from the teaching of John Roberto and other leaders in the field, this elective will walk you through how a traditional church can become intergenerational across all of its activities, on Sunday and throughout the week.


Jonathan Kemp is the Director of Youth, Children's and Families Ministry for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland.

#64 Fun and Games (1)
Andrea Eadie (Live presentation)

Use fun, games and activities to teach Christian values by practising rather than preaching in your children's and youth ministry.


Andrea Eadie is a school chaplain with over 18 years experience, she also works with SUQld in Children and Youth Programs. With a career that has included teaching, training and counselling, Andrea is passionate about seeing children and young people not merely participate in our programs and activities, but be transformed by what they learn and experience.

#65 Life is Different Now (3)
Andrea Eadie (Live presentation)

Explore practical ways to support and encourage children and young people through death, family separation and other major life changes.


Andrea Eadie is a school chaplain with over 18 years experience, she also works with SUQld in Children and Youth Programs. With a career that has included teaching, training and counselling, Andrea is passionate about seeing children and young people not merely participate in our programs and activities, but be transformed by what they learn and experience.

#66 Connecting Children, The Bible, Real Life: Mission Impossible? (1)(2)
Wendy Strachan (Live presentation)

How do we help kids grow UP with the Bible - not to grow OUT of it? Let’s invite them to join God in His big story and open their eyes to the adventure of living with Jesus.


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#67 Family Discipleship (1)(2)
Bruce Eckersley (Live presentation)

How church and family can partner in making disciples.


Bruce is an Associate Pastor at Clontarf Beach Baptist Church in February 2013. The husband of Sharon & father of Kyle, Christie, Josh & Elysha, Bruce is committed to serving Christ in the home, Church & Community. With 16 years experience in Pastoral Ministry working with children & families he has a passion to see families empowered to know Jesus deeply & to make Him known widely.

#68 Foundations: Coordinators Training [RI Approved] (1)(2)
Suzie Overell (Live presentation)

Coordinators training.


Suzie has loved teaching CRI for 30 years and is convinced that this is one of the best opportunities to allow children to question, explore & discover the Christian faith in a safe environment. In 2011 she felt God place on her heart the need for a coordinated & networked approach to CRI to ensure volunteers are trained, equipped and supported to enable best practice. The CRI Network Ltd was established in the greater Ipswich region, resulting in CRI being re-established in 15 schools, reaching an extra 2000 students yearly. She loves to help equip others to be the best they can be in sharing "our story".

#69 Topic TBA [RI Approved] (3)
Susan Wright (Live presentation)

TBC


Susan Wright

#70 How to have Conversations that Change Lives (1)
Tom Schmidt (Live presentation)

The right question, a timely reflection, an encouraging word, can have a huge impact in the life of a young person. Sometimes, intentional and prayerful conversations can shape someone for years to come. But they don't just happen and you can't simply program for them. How do we enter into these kinds of conversations? How do we discern what God is doing in a young person’s life and join with God in speaking life and bringing truth? How do we take a conversation from a "chat" to something deep, significant and impacting?


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#71 Young Adult Ministry in a Post COVID World (2)
Tom Schmidt (Live presentation)

Like most generations, Young adults have been hit hard by the COVID pandemic. However, some of the challenges this time has brought them are unique. How they are responding to these challenges will shape our churches and the world for generations to come. How can we best engage with young adults and thrive in ministry as we look forward into the future.


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#72 Topic TBC
Tess Van Bennekom (Live presentation)

TBC


Tess Van Bennekom

BRISBANE EAST

Gateway Baptist Church
1052 Mt Gravatt Capalaba Road, Mackenzie

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
brisbaneeast@amplifyconferene.com.au

BRISBANE EAST

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

BRISBANE EAST

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#81 Early Years Ministry (2)
Bethany McGibbon (Live presentation)

Early Years Ministry is such a dynamic, exciting and rewarding ministry. What an honour to be trusted with and speak into the lives of the youngest people in our church! Come and learn the 'why' as well as key strategies to running a fun, effective, relevant and Jesus focused ministry for children under 5 years old.


Bethany is the former Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist, she currently works as a Children's and Ministry Chaplain for QLECS in a number of early learning services across Queensland and is passionate about seeing our church's youngest people meet and experience Jesus.

#82 Leadership (1)
Tracy Valentine (Live presentation)

Teams function at their best when there are 4 key principles in place.


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#83 Empowering Families from the Beginning! (3)
Tracy Valentine (Live presentation)

Baby dedications / baptisms are a critical time to engage with families. Here are 5 tools you can use to equip parents to build homes of faith right from the start.


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#84 Puppets (2)
Quiz Worx (Live presentation)

Using Puppets is a great way to engage and excite kids whilst teaching them the good news of Jesus. Come and learn the basics to be able to do this well.


Quiz Worx is a group that seeks to share Jesus with kids everywhere through creative and engaging shows (especially in schools). Puppetry is one of their major tools that they use.

#85 Reaching Families through Messy Church (3)
Beth Nicholls (Live presentation)

TBC


Beth Nicholls

#86 Creative Teaching Strategies (2)
Wes Fittell (Live presentation)

Explore how people learn, how memory works, and how to produce the best learning result in any teaching program. An interesting, practical session that models the principles and helps achieve long-term results. Lots of simple practical ideas you can apply from the next time you’re with your group.


Wes Fittell is in high demand for his informative and entertaining presentations that make the gospel message clear and memorable to small groups in country schools and much larger groups in the city. He loves to pass on the tricks of his trade, including lots of simple ideas to make teaching understandable, memorable, and lots of fun.

#87 Explaining Big Words that end in “-SHUN” (3)
Wes Fittell (Live presentation)

Help kids understand some of the deep truths of the Bible without getting out of your depth or theirs. A simple but effective approach to understanding and explaining those complicated words in simple but clear ways.


Wes Fittell is in high demand for his informative and entertaining presentations that make the gospel message clear and memorable to small groups in country schools and much larger groups in the city. He loves to pass on the tricks of his trade, including lots of simple ideas to make teaching understandable, memorable, and lots of fun. 

#88 Breaking Open Bible Stories [RI Approved] (2)
Carole Danby (Live presentation)

Breaking open bible stories with children and young people using storytelling and drama techniques to deepen understanding so that the stories sink deeply into heart.


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#89 Getting to Know Jesus [RI Approved] (3)
Carole Danby (Live presentation)

A resource for churches and classrooms to introduce children and young people to Jesus of the bible.


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#90 How to Better Support Youth Mental Health in a Pandemic (1)(2)
Ruth Crowther (Live presentation)

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to find new ways of providing mental health support. Digital and online mental health resources and services provide a unique and effective option, particularly for youth, many of whom are digital natives. Join us from the government-funded ‘e-Mental Health in Practice’ project to learn about evidence-based, trustworthy digital mental health programs and apps for youth.


Ruth is a Senior Research Fellow within the eMHPrac team at Queensland University of Technology and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Public Health., Ruth has over twenty years experience in applied mental health research, public health and teaching in both the UK and Australia. She has provided training and supervision to many students and health practitioners in the use of digital resources in clinical practice and broader health system redesign projects. She is a member of the APS e-Psychology, and Buddhism and Psychology Interest Groups, and is currently nearing completion of her Masters in Clinical Psychology program.

#91 Heating up your D&Ms (3)
Jonathan Sargeant (Live presentation)

As society becomes more fractured, Christians need skills to bring people together. This can start during discussions at kids Club/Youth Group! Learn how to talk about difficult things without compromise. Blessed are the peacemakers!


Jonathan Sargeant, Director of Lay Education for ACSQ, has worked with children and young people in schools and churches for more than 30 years and watched a lot of movies. I mean, a lot!

#92 Using Popular Culture to Talk About God (2)
Jonathan Sargeant (Live presentation)

Young people and kids live in a popular culture world. How can we use this to have conversations about faith in effective ways? Learn how here...


Jonathan Sargeant, Director of Lay Education for ACSQ, has worked with children and young people in schools and churches for more than 30 years and watched a lot of movies. I mean, a lot!

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (3)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (3)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (1)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (2)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (2)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (2)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (3)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (1)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

Regional Hubs

GOLD COAST

Newlife Church
4 Greenwich Ct, Robina

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For questions relating to local details only, email
goldcoast@amplifyconference.com.au

GOLD COAST

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

GOLD COAST

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#120 The Positive Leader (3)
Karen Collum (Live presentation)

Developing optimistic thinking skills for positive leadership.


Karen Collum and her husband, Mike, have been in ministry for 25 years throughout Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland and have four children. Karen has a heart for kids and is a primary school teacher, children's book author, television writer and currently serves as the Children's and Family Ministries Director at Gold Coast Central Seventh-day Adventist Church.

#121 KickStart (1-2)
Viv & Colin Batt (Live presentation)

For first time young kids leaders who are upper primary to junior secondary age. Heaps of fun activities to learn.


Viv & Colin Batt

#122 Experiential Learning (2)
Dean Herring (Live presentation)

Using experiential learning in Kids and Youth Ministry contexts to develop active and practical discipleship.


Dean Herring

#123 Developing Teams (3)
Dean Herring (Live presentation)

Forming, developing and leading healthy teams in Kids and Youth Ministry contexts that promote discipleship and growth.


Dean Herring

#124 Meeting Kids Where They Are At (1)
Maree Southall (Live presentation)

Kids are busy with life; everything is new, exciting and just waiting to be discovered. Childhood is the time of their lives when they will learn more than at any other time and, crucially, when their brains are establishing learning pathways. Kids are receptive to God, and by helping them to make connections to God through their everyday play and activities we are opening up so many opportunities for them to explore faith. This is a hands on workshop that is packed full with tips and ideas that you can take with you and put into practice next week in your ministry!


Maree heads up the Children’s Ministry Team in Queensland with The Salvation Army and is passionate about engaging kids with the gospel. She has many years of experience in working with children and families both in ministry and professional roles. She is committed to seeing children as individuals and drawing out their strengths. Maree excels in working with children who may have difficulty fitting in for a variety of reasons. Maree has been actively working in Children's Ministry for the past 25 years and has written many resources for kids ministry. Maree and her husband Rod have two adult children and have three amazing grandchildren! In her spare time Maree likes to watch kids movies and speaks fluent Minion!

#125 Creative Online Kids Ministry (2)(3)
Dan Buckle (Live presentation)

Sharing what Dan has learnt and applied about online kids ministry curriculum over the last year.


Dan prepared Hillsong's online curriculum in 2020. He is now developing his own online curriculum business. Dan lives locally in Coomera.

#126 Working with the Schools [RI Approved] (3)
Colin Batt (Live presentation)

How to provide a successful RI program in a school, that is a blessing to the whole school community.


Colin Batt

#127 The Relational Spaces We Find Ourselves (1)
Aaron Fozzard (Live presentation)

Humanity craves belonging to a community. We want to belong. We want to belong to a community. But, belonging does not happen in only one place. We can find ourselves in many communities, that’s because belonging happens in different places. This elective will help you process how to create community in the spaces you find yourself.


Aaron Fozzard

#128 Questioning the Story (1)(3)
Dan Paterson (Live presentation)

On the journey towards faith no one is exempt from getting tripped up by doubts. Our role as leaders is to demonstrate the freedom we have to ask away at the Christian story, equipping them to know how to go in search of reasonable answers to life's deepest questions.


Dan Paterson

#129 Evangelism Using Alpha (2)(3)
Doug Parker (Live presentation)

TBC


Doug Parker

#130 Peacemaking (2)
Tanja Hagedorn (Live presentation)

TBC


Tanja Hagedorn

#131 Thinking Outside of the Box (3)
Ben Findlay (Live presentation)

TBC


Ben Findlay

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (1)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A)(1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality (3)
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

SUNSHINE COAST

Suncoast Christian College

Schubert Rd & Kiel Mountian Rd, Woombye

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
sunshinecoast@amplifyconference.com.au

SUNSHINE COAST

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

SUNSHINE COAST

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#140 Running a Successful Playgroup (1)
Kylie Limpus (Live presentation)

TBC


Kylie Limpus

#141 God’s Road to Healing and Recovery (2)
Tim Sisarich (Live presentation)

TBC


Tim Sisarich

#142 Creating Lessons, Curriculum and Powerful Preaches (3)
Brendon & Cathie Clancy (Live presentation)

Discover how to create compelling content for online or live children’s meetings. It’s a practical and fun elective, filled with content you can use immediately with your kids. (Plus you will be invited to create a song with the Clancy’s) Woo hoo!!!


Brendon & Cathie Clancy

#143 Foundational Elements of Children’s Ministry (2)
Helen Hall (Live presentation)

After 25 years of serving in Children's ministry across a variety of different churches, Helen shares her thoughts on key elements that are important no matter what size ministry you have.


Helen Hall

#144 Using Art in Children’s Ministry (3)
Sarah King (Live presentation)

An art workshop exploring what it is to create with God using colour and allowing Him to show them how to paint the picture.


Sarah King

#145 Anxiety in a Children’s Ministry Setting (1)
Shauna Gallagher (Live presentation)

Gain an understanding of anxiety and what it can look like in a children's ministry setting.


Shauna Gallagher

#146 Tips for Helping Children Become More Engaged (3)
Shauna Gallagher (Live presentation)

Practical ideas to help children feel comfortable to engage in your ministry.


Shauna Gallagher

#147 Engagement, Engagement, Engagement (1)
Owen Riley (Live presentation) [RI Approved]

Often we are so involved in the content of the lesson we forget to ask, "What are the children doing? thinking? seeing? experiencing?" This elective gives practical ideas for presenting lessons that engage the children physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


Owen Riley

#148 Learning to Speak Millennial (3)
Owen Riley (Live presentation) [RI Approved]

In what sort of world are the children of this millennium growing up? What cultural changes are taking place and how does that influence the language we use when communicating God's story? This practical elective will open your eyes to our children's world and how to shape their world view with appropriate 21st century language.


Owen Riley

#149 Mobilising University Students to Change the World (1)
Shane Brigg (Live presentation)

This is not for the faint hearted young adults leader looking to maintain a status quo. This is about raw missional discipleship that is willing to break preconceived barriers to effect radical transformation with world impacting results.


Shane Brigg

#150 Dying for More (2)
Shane Brigg (Live presentation)

Young people need and want meaningful adult interaction. It is, and should be simple. What mentoring means for many young people. How  it works best. Why it is life saving.


Shane Brigg

#151 Godly Character for Youth (3)
James Hall (Live presentation)

TBC


James Hall

#152 Group Culture (1)
James Hall (Live presentation)

How to enhance culture within a group.


James Hall

#153 Relational Leadership Approaches for Developing a Healthy Culture and Connection within a Community (1)
Christopher Mitchell (Live presentation)

TBC


Christopher Mitchell

#154 Relational Leadership for Ministry (3)
Christopher Mitchell (Live presentation)

If "Leadership is influence", then Healthy Relational Quality is the key skill to maximise Influence. Ministry leaders need to have high relational intelligence to navigate the complex world of growing and discipling other leaders. This workshop covers the core foundational skill of Relational Connection.


Christopher Mitchell

#155 Ministry Moments with Children (1)
Brendon & Cathie Clancy (Live presentation)

Children need ministry to their spirit, soul and body. Learn practical, Bible based ways to help your children receive from God and grow in their faith. This elective is  relevant for home, services and online. You will come away with so many ideas and loads of inspiration.


Brendon & Cathie Clancy

#156 Challenging what Teenagers are Thinking! (3)
Helen Hall (Live presentation)

TBC


Helen Hall

#157 Building Teams for Ministry (2)
Chris Dobbin (Live presentation)

TBC


Chris Dobbin

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (1)(2)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)(3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (1)(2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (2)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

HERVEY BAY/MARYBOROUGH

Hervey Bay Baptist Church
20 Nikenbah Dundowran Rd, Nikenbah

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For questions relating to local details only, email
herveybay@amplifyconference.com.au

HERVEY BAY/MARYBOROUGH

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

HERVEY BAY/MARYBOROUGH

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#100 Mental Health & Spirituality (2)(3)
Trainer TBC (Live presentation)

TBC


TBC

#101 Foundations for RI: Module 1 [RI Approved] (1-2)
Julie Terry (Live presentation)

TBC


A trained Primary School Teacher and Pastor, Julie, has been involved with ministry to children and families in church, community and school based ministry settings for 30 years. Currently involved RI implementation and oversight at a local, regional, and state level.

#102 A Local Perspective (1)
Panel of Local Children/Youth/Family Workers (Live presentation)

TBC


Panel of Local Children/Youth/Family Workers

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents (2)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (2)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (1)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (1)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (2)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

BUNDABERG

Bundaberg Christian College
234 Ashfield Rd, Ashfield

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
bundaberg@amplifyconference.com.au

BUNDABERG

8.15am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.45am Transition
12.00pm Elective Session 2
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Plenary Session 2 (3 different ‘stages’ (make your choice)
Children & Families / Youth & Young Adults / RI in Schools (30min)
3.00pm Transition
3.15pm

Elective Session 3

BUNDABERG

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#105 As a youth leader, how am I meant to deal with that? (2)
Sam Green (Live presentation)

Having youth come to our programs, youth groups and church services from all walks of life, from all across our community, how do we go about our role as a youth leader when it’s trickier than we thought? Let’s discuss it!


Sam has been involved in youth and camping ministries on the Northside of Brisbane for the past 11 years. He is passionate about holistically supporting our next generation through their time as a youth and young adult which has led him into 8 years of High School Chaplaincy and 2 years as the Youth & Young Adults Pastor at Arana Hills Church of Christ. Sam also has a heart to equip young leaders as they hope to make a difference in a youth ministry context.

#106 How are we learning and growing as a youth team? (3)
Sam Green (Live presentation)

With so much happening in and around our youth teams, do we actually learn and grow from what happens? Or are we caught up in the hamster wheel? Let’s discuss some ways we can get the most out of our team, our experiences and our ideas.


Sam has been involved in youth and camping ministries on the Northside of Brisbane for the past 11 years. He is passionate about holistically supporting our next generation through their time as a youth and young adult which has led him into 8 years of High School Chaplaincy and 2 years as the Youth & Young Adults Pastor at Arana Hills Church of Christ. Sam also has a heart to equip young leaders as they hope to make a difference in a youth ministry context.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (2)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents (3)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (2)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (3)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (2)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (2)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality (3)
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (1)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

GLADSTONE

Gladstone Baptist Church
4 Archer St, Sun Valley

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
gladstone@amplifyconference.com.au

GLADSTONE

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

GLADSTONE

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#110 How to Run a Good Ice-Breaker (3)
Jarek Reah (Live presentation)

TBC


Jarek Reah

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (2)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (3)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (2)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (1)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (2)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

MACKAY

Mackay Christian College (Senior Campus)
9 Quarry St, North Mackay

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
mackay@amplifyconference.com.au

MACKAY

8.15am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.45am Transition
12.00pm Elective Session 2
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Plenary Session 2 (3 different ‘stages’ (make your choice)
Children & Families / Youth & Young Adults / RI in Schools (30min)
2.30pm Networking Time
3.00pm Conference close
3.15pm Elective Session 3

MACKAY

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (1-2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents (2)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (3)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (2)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (1)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (3)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (2)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

MT ISA

VENUE
TBC

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
mtisa@amplifyconference.com.au

MT ISA

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

MT ISA

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#115 Parenting in an Age of Screens (1)
Terry Williams (Live presentation)

The world is changing at an exponential pace. Technology will not go away and denial is not a strategy that is going to work! While this is a huge issue, we will explore some basic principles that undergird any strategy to help young people and parents to navigate safely through the realms of cyber space. Being informed is the start of the journey.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#116 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour [RI Approved] (2)
Terry Williams (Live presentation)

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. 


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#117 Addressing Children’s Questions [RI Approved] (3)
Terry Williams (Live presentation)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer (3)
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#5 Empowering Parents (2)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1)
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday (2)
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (3)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational (1)
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A) (1-2)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups (2)
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults (1)
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (2)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality (3)
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (1)
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

Interstate Hubs

VICTORIA

More info coming soon!

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
info@amplifyconference.com.au

VICTORIA

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

VICTORIA

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

TASMANIA NORTH

 More info coming soon!

Riverlands
159 Wellington Street, Longford
March 13, 2021

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
tasmanianorth@amplifyconference.com.au

TASMANIA NORTH

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

TASMANIA NORTH

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla 

#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

TASMANIA SOUTH

More info coming soon!

Hobart North Uniting Church
2 Swan Street, North Hobart
March 20, 2021

Register Now 

For questions relating to local details only, email
tasmaniasouth@amplifyconference.com.au

TASMANIA SOUTH

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

TASMANIA SOUTH

Click the Elective topic to learn more.

#1 Working with 0-5s (1)
Bethany McGibbon (Pre-recorded)

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.


Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#3 Creative Ideas for Prayer
Judy Wharton (Pre-recorded)

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.


Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#5 Empowering Parents
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership
Phillip Day (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe' in his family is some of his best work.

#7 Unpacking a Sunday
Andy Kirk (Pre-recorded)

‘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.


Andy & Christie Kirk have been innovating and changing the landscape of Children’s Ministry for over 17 years together. From leading locally in churches, overseeing Multi-site Ministries, and years of Mentoring and Consulting into churches, their experience and knowledge of Kids Ministry is extensive. They are passionate about empowering and equipping people to live out all they were created to do matching people’s potential with God possibilities.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#9 Life is Intergenerational
Michael Stalley (Pre-recorded)

"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!


Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings.  He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute.  In recent years, Michael has completed the "Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation" through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019.  Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team.  Michael believes "The Princess Bride" can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

#10 Foundations for RI: Module 1 (includes Q & A)
Carole Danby (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Carole has been a biblical storyteller for twenty years and has been a State School Religious Instructor for more than thirty years. She works for the Catholic archdiocese of Brisbane.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#12 The Power of Story
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
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#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#16 Leading Small Groups
Shane De Jager (Pre-recorded)

Learn how to prepare & lead a small group. Includes tips on managing personalities & building positive and meaningful relationships.


Shane has been a youth and young adults ministry director for two years, and is studying education at the same time.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#18 Leaving the Nest - Transitioning Young Adults
Erica Skerman (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

#19 The Power of Mentoring
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).

#20 Mental Health & Spirituality
Bradon French (Pre-recorded)

Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We'll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn't writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement
Tim Fawssett (Pre-recorded)

Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture.  You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

#22 KickStart (1-2)
Logosdor Team/Jane Dixon (Pre-recorded)

Designed for first time school-aged leaders at AMPLIFY 

These 3 sessions will give insight into the value of their role as a leader with children and youth as well as practical strategies to use immediately! 

  • How children and young people learn: Switching young people on to learning using Jesus' simple methods. 
  • Teachable Moments: Together we will identify and learn how to use those precious times when young people are open, willing, and ready to discover: matching teachable moments with our understanding of the Bible and our journey as a disciple.
  • Learning through games: Fun ways to raise curiosity and awareness, a practical session of game and debrief design!

Jane is a qualified High School teacher and has been active in full-time ministry with children and training leaders for over 30 years. She got her start as a brand-new Christian at 14, when her mentors encouraged her to lead. Today working with Logosdor to help churches and families make disciples among children and teach children to make disciples! 

Jane is deeply committed to helping people meet their potential and she loves training and facilitating indigenous creative workshops so that more resources can be produced to serve the unique needs of the kingdom anywhere in the world. She has facilitated Writing and Creative workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Middle East, Central America, Russia, and global workshops in the US.

She is involved in the development and distribution of ministry resources via the Max7 website and strategic community; has served in the Australian Bible Society as a children’s field worker, and commissioning editor in their Publishing team, facilitating the creation of The BIG Rescue Bible. She’s been a puppeteer in Australian TV and a couple of films and ads, and is currently building skills as a camera operator. She teaches children at her local church, mentors new Christians and young leaders, and LOVES being involved in holiday programs that reach out to the wider community.

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9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Elective Session 1
11.00am Elective Session 2
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Networking time
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.00pm Elective Session 3
3.00pm  Conference close

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#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (2)
Natalie Kaiser (Pre-recorded)

This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

#5 Empowering Parents (3)
Tracy Valentine (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

#8 Adventuring into the Bible with Children (1)
Wendy Strachan (Pre-recorded)

TBC


For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

#11 Maximising Your 30 Minute Lesson (3)
Louise Hodgson (Pre-recorded)

TBC


With over 30 years experience working with young people, background in nursing and midwifery and qualifications in youth work, training and assessment and fitness training, Lou is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. Currently an RI coordinator, instructor and trainer, Lou is committed to excellence in youth work and involved in RI at a state level.

#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (1)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

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.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (2)
Terry Williams (Pre-recorded)

“Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

#15 Developing Young Leaders (1)
Brad Case (Pre-recorded)

So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of 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 ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (2)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

#19 The Power of Mentoring (3)
Jim Schirmer (Pre-recorded)

TBC


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).