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. (1) (2) means the elective is repeated. There are 3 elective sessions in the day.

The following elements will be at most HUBs (check your Hub schedule below):

Opening Plenary session: worship together & keynote speaker

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

3 Elective sessions

Lunch & morning tea provided

 STOP PRESS: Unfortunately, registrations received in this final week cannot be guaranteed morning tea or lunch as our caterers need advance notice to prepare their meals. Thank you for your understanding.

Brisbane Hubs

BRISBANE North

St Paul’s School
34 Strathpine Rd, Bald Hills

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Brisbane North

8.30am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.40am Electives Session 1
11.40am Transition
11:50pm Electives Session 2
12:50pm Lunch
1:30pm Plenary Session 2
2.15pm Transition
2.30pm Electives Session 3
3:30pm Transition
3.40pm Closing session (with treats)
3.50pm Conference close

BRISBANE NORTH

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#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 (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!

#37 How to answer questions in the RI classroom [RI Applicable] (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.

#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.

#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!

#12 The Power of Story (1) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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)

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


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 (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).

#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.

BRISBANE SOUTH

Canterbury College
182 Old Logan Village Rd, Waterford

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

BRISBANE SOUTH

8.30am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.40am Electives Session 1
11.40am Transition
11:50pm Electives Session 2
12:50pm Lunch
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.15pm Transition
2.30pm Elective Session 3
3:30pm Transition
3:40pm Closing session (with treats)
3.50pm Conference close

BRISBANE SOUTH

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#41 Puppets (1)
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 (2)(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.

#81 Early Years Ministry (1)
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.

#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. 

#48 Delivering Excellent RI [RI Applicable] (3)
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.

#89 Getting to Know Jesus [RI Applicable] (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.

#49 Going back to new things - Ministry in a post-pandemic world (1)
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

#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.

#90 How to Better Support Youth Mental Health in a Pandemic (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.

#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 (Live presentation)

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.

#12 The Power of Story (1) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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.

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

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


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 (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).

BRISBANE WEST

St John’s Anglican College
College Ave, Forest Lake

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

BRISBANE WEST

8.30am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1
10.15am Morning Tea
10.40am Electives Session 1
11.40am Transition
11:50pm Electives Session 2
12:50pm Lunch
1.30pm Plenary Session 2
2.15pm Transition
2:30pm Electives Session 3
3:30pm Transition
3.40pm Closing session (with treats)
3.50pm 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 (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 (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.

#12 The Power of Story (1) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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.

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

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


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 (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).

#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.

#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.

#84 Puppets (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.

BRISBANE EAST

Our Brisbane East Hub will be joining with Brisbane South on the 6th of March at Canterbury College in Waterford.

If you have already registered,we will be in
touch to discuss your registration options.

If you are interested in attending,
please find all the details on the Brisbane South Hub.

Regional Hubs

GOLD COAST

Nerang Uniting Church
5 Nerang River Drive

Register Now 

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

GOLD COAST

8.15am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1: Speaker – Dr Tania Watson (35 mins)
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Electives Session 1
11.45am Transition
11:45am Electives Session 2
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm Plenary Session 2: Children & Families | Youth & Young Adults | RI in Schools
2.15pm Electives Session 3
3.15pm Conference close

GOLD COAST

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#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 is married to Simone and together they have three young adult children. As First-Quarter Team Pastor, Dean leads the Children’s and Youth ministry teams across the three CrossLife campuses on the Gold Coast bringing his experience in adventure education and camping to the role. Dean is passionate about walking (or cycling) alongside others in their journeys of discipleship.

#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 is married to Simone and together they have three young adult children. As First-Quarter Team Pastor, Dean leads the Children’s and Youth ministry teams across the three CrossLife campuses on the Gold Coast bringing his experience in adventure education and camping to the role. Dean is passionate about walking (or cycling) alongside others in their journeys of discipleship.

#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)
Dan Buckle (Live presentation)

With YouTube being the number 1 brand amongst Generation Alpha, in this session we will take a look at how this current generation of kids are interacting with technology, and ways the local church can utilise technology to help engage and reach kids in a new digital playground.


Daniel has been leading in kids and youth ministry for over 15 years and most recently was the State kids pastor for a large Australian church. He is currently launching Link Kids Network, an organisation whose goal is to help equip the local church to reach children and families through technology.

#126 Working with the Schools (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 has taught RI in schools for over 40 years. He is passionate about children learning about Jesus and understanding Bible truths that apply directly to their lives. In every school he teaches he works hard to build up a rapport with the Principal and other staff, especially the classroom teacher. He sees the RI ministry as not only to the children, but also to the staff and families. Often it's the only time in their lives they get to hear of the God who loves them unconditionally.

#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 is the founder of Questioning Christianity, a ministry aimed at connecting the Christian story to life’s deepest questions. Dan is based in Brisbane, where together with his wife Erin their favourite job is raising three boys: Josiah, Zachariah, and Seth.

#130 Interfaith Engagement (2)
Tanja Hagedorn (Live presentation)

Participants will have the opportunity to explore whether they are interested in engaging with people of different faiths and what motivates them to do so. Tools will focus on effective dialogue with "the other".


Tanja Hagedorn is a senior professional with 20+ years of experience in health, youth development, community & volunteer engagement in the USA, South Africa and Australia. Tanja practiced as an Occupational Therapist for over 10 years, and was on the staff at Riverlife Baptist Church until the end of 2020. She currently is the Queensland Coordinator for Together for Humanity, facilitating diversity education through reflection, interaction and collaboration in schools and community organisations.  She is passionate about challenging people’s biases and societal norms, encouraging critical thinking and empowering people to use their voice to fearlessly journey through conflict and find peaceful and lasting resolutions. She loves traveling, reading historical fiction and spending time with her husband and three children.

#132 Going Further With RI (1)
Helene McCowan (Live presentation)

Teaching in ways children learn, using a variety of skills and great ideas that work.


Helene has made RI her passion for many years on the Gold Coast. She is a highly skilled trainer and leader who trains and equips 100's of RI teachers on the Gold Coast every year. She also advocates for RI in schools at a regional level. Helene continues to teach many classes every week in a creative and energetic way. She has a large and supportive family, including a number of grandchildren.

#133 Keeping the Child in Mind in the Picture, in the Story of RI (2)
Helene McCowan (Live presentaetion)

Making the Bible real for today's kids, within their culture and experience.


Helene has made RI her passion for many years on the Gold Coast. She is a highly skilled trainer and leader who trains and equips 100's of RI teachers on the Gold Coast every year. She also advocates for RI in schools at a regional level. Helene continues to teach many classes every week in a creative and energetic way. She has a large and supportive family, including a number of grandchildren.

#70 How to have Conversations that Change Lives (1)(3)
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.

#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.

#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.

#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).

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

8.15am Registrations opens
8:45am Plenary Session 1
9:45am Transition
9:55am Morning Tea
10:25am Transition
10:35am Electives Session 1
11:35am Transition
11:45am Elective Session 2
12:45pm Lunch
1:30pm Transition
1:35pm Electives Session 3
2:35pm Transition
2:45pm Plenary Session 2
3:30pm 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 Forgiveness (2)
Tim Sisarich (Live presentation)

TBC


Tim has been helping families thrive for more than 25 years. He recently left the role of Executive Director of Focus on the Family NZ. Today he works for KidsHope and is living on the Sunshine Coast with his Wife and Family of 5 Children.

#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 and Cathie are the co-founders of OKTV and their ministry through music and song has reached many children and families worldwide. They love bringing the life changing message of Christ to every generation.

#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 is a leader, pastor and researcher passionate about life in all its fullness and relationships with people of all ages, especially kids and teens! She has served in ministry for over 25 years across kids, women, pastoral care, and worship. Her husband is an Anglican minister and for the first 16 years of their marriage, they ministered in Strathpine, Maryborough, Mitchell and Nambour. During her time in Nambour Helen founded the Live Love Laugh Women’s conference that ran for 10 years on the Sunshine Coast with the heart to champion women to live life to the full in Jesus. She was also appointed a Member of Board of Directors of Neighbours Aid, where she still serves, with ardent belief in the work that they do both locally and globally. In 2018 James entered full time army chaplaincy with the defence force and Helen was appointed the Children and Families Pastor/Coordinator of Goodlife, Buderim. Helen is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is currently completing her PhD which is focused on Perspective taking in Adolescents and how it is linked to prosocial behaviour, social competence, loneliness, and positive wellbeing. She has two publications in academic journals that examine parenting loneliness and perspective taking in adolescents. In 2018, she was awarded the USC Chancellor’s medal for her contribution to academia, the university, and the wider community of the Sunshine Coast. However, her greatest achievement is her beautiful children - Matthew, Isaac, Joanna, and Timothy.

#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 is a Mental Health Nurse with a Master of Mental Health Nursing. She loves educating clients about improving mental health through a Christian worldview. Shauna brings science and the Bible together, showing the practical side of Scripture for everyday life.

#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 is a Mental Health Nurse with a Master of Mental Health Nursing. She loves educating clients about improving mental health through a Christian worldview. Shauna brings science and the Bible together, showing the practical side of Scripture for everyday life.

#147 Engagement, Engagement, Engagement (1)
Owen Riley (Live presentation)

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 is currently involved with RI in two schools on the Sunshine Coast and has been actively involved as a trainer and mentor over many years.

#148 Learning to Speak Millennial (3)
Owen Riley (Live presentation)

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 is currently involved with RI in two schools on the Sunshine Coast and has been actively involved as a trainer and mentor over many years.

#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 has 35 years of youth and children's ministry experience. This includes University ministry, School Chaplaincy (Primary and Secondary), cross-cultural engagements, developing innovative Community-oriented youth ministries, and missional discipleship. He has been involved in University ministry in Australia and Overseas settings for 15 years.

#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 has 35 years of youth and children's ministry experience. This includes University ministry, School Chaplaincy (Primary and Secondary), cross-cultural engagements, developing innovative Community-oriented youth ministries, and missional discipleship. He has been involved in University ministry in Australia and Overseas settings for 15 years.

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

TBC


James Hall

#152 Group Culture (2)
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)

We are all designed to learn and grow through and via relational connection. The biggest limiting factor sometimes is our culture. When we get focused on ‘What we have to do’ we sometimes miss the cultural elements that help us  build and sustain great Kingdom Culture, which in turn supports our communities and connections. This workshop explores some of the personal and corporate cultural elements that allow healthy connection and communities to thrive.


Chris is passionate about helping build nations full of people who know their Value, Identity and Purpose© and seeing people discover their God given leadership potential. Chris loves to teach and talk leadership and issues of the heart. A part time Life Coach, Chris also counsels and mentors clients by transitioning them through past and present blockages and building their strengths. He currently co-directs and facilitates ‘Lighthouse Leadership-Psychology & Training’ with his wife Gretchen, both in Australia and internationally.

#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.


Chris is passionate about helping build nations full of people who know their Value, Identity and Purpose© and seeing people discover their God given leadership potential. Chris loves to teach and talk leadership and issues of the heart. A part time Life Coach, Chris also counsels and mentors clients by transitioning them through past and present blockages and building their strengths. He currently co-directs and facilitates ‘Lighthouse Leadership-Psychology & Training’ with his wife Gretchen, both in Australia and internationally.

#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 and Cathie are the co-founders of OKTV and their ministry through music and song has reached many children and families worldwide. They love bringing the life changing message of Christ to every generation.

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

Recent research indicates that the current iGen generation are lower in perspective taking in comparison with previous generations. Perspective taking is an important skill that contributes to individual and societal functioning, with links to self-esteem, depressive symptoms, aggression, and prosocial behaviour. In this elective, Helen will share some of the research she has been undertaking investigating adolescent perspective taking, and the important role that parents, teachers, and other significant adults can play in challenging how teenagers think.


Helen Hall is a leader, pastor and researcher passionate about life in all its fullness and relationships with people of all ages, especially kids and teens! She has served in ministry for over 25 years across kids, women, pastoral care, and worship. Her husband is an Anglican minister and for the first 16 years of their marriage, they ministered in Strathpine, Maryborough, Mitchell and Nambour. During her time in Nambour Helen founded the Live Love Laugh Women’s conference that ran for 10 years on the Sunshine Coast with the heart to champion women to live life to the full in Jesus. She was also appointed a Member of Board of Directors of Neighbours Aid, where she still serves, with ardent belief in the work that they do both locally and globally. In 2018 James entered full time army chaplaincy with the defence force and Helen was appointed the Children and Families Pastor/Coordinator of Goodlife, Buderim. Helen is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is currently completing her PhD which is focused on Perspective taking in Adolescents and how it is linked to prosocial behaviour, social competence, loneliness, and positive wellbeing. She has two publications in academic journals that examine parenting loneliness and perspective taking in adolescents. In 2018, she was awarded the USC Chancellor’s medal for her contribution to academia, the university, and the wider community of the Sunshine Coast. However, her greatest achievement is her beautiful children - Matthew, Isaac, Joanna, and Timothy.

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

So often it can feel like a struggle to get people to volunteer to be a part of our teams. In this elective we will talk about ways we can develop strong healthy teams that attract people who want to be a part of our team. We will look at recruitment strategies as well as how to intentionally invest in our leaders to develop teams that are spiritually, emotionally and physically strong. If we want to build healthy teams we need to be intentional about investing in our leaders.


Chris Dobbin has been involved in youth ministries for the last 15 years and been on staff at Lifepointe for the last 11 years. Over those years he has spent 7 years as the Young Adults Pastor and the last 4 years as the Children’s and Youth Pastor. He has a heart to see young people reach their potential in Christ.

#158 Cutting through the Noise (1)
Daniel Gettis (Live presentation)

Our lives are becoming busier and busier and as a result we are becoming less and less present with ourselves and with others. Imagine if we could reverse this trend and help ourselves and those we minister to become more present and see God afresh in the everyday.


Daniel is currently the Head of Spiritual Formation and Service Programs at Nambour Christian College. Prior to this he served as an Associate Pastor at Goodlife Community Church in Buderim for eight years where he pioneered the young adult ministry of Goodlife. Daniel is passionate about helping young adults discover and relate well with themselves, humanity and the Divine.

#159 Equipping Children (1)(2)
Karyn Modlin (Live presentation)

This workshop is for Children’s ministry leaders and parents and anyone who is involved in working with children. This workshop will explore strategies and approaches to equip you to help children survive the challenges and thrive in the constantly changing world they are living in.


Karyn Modlin is a children’s author who has over 28 years’ experience working with young people in various capacities within Australia and internationally. Her many and varied roles have included primary school teacher, qualified children’s counsellor, youth pastor, chaplain and in working with young people in overseas missions. Karyn has developed a unique set of tools on her belt for effective work with young people. She is an international speaker who imparts Truth and presents with energy and enthusiasm. Karyn is passionate about sharing the Truth of God’s Word with young people and equipping them to overcome obstacles and reach their greatest potential.

#12 The Power of Story (3) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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.

#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 Church of Christ
27 Neils Street Pialba

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

HERVEY BAY/MARYBOROUGH

8.15am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1: Dr Tania Watson
10.15am Morning Tea
10.45am Electives Session 1
11.45am Transition
12.00pm Electives Session 2
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Plenary Session 2: Children & Families | Youth & Young Adults | RI in Schools
2.30pm Networking time
3.00pm Transition
3:15pm Electives Session 3
4:15pm Conference Close

HERVEY BAY/MARYBOROUGH

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#100 Mental Health & Spirituality (3)
Alida Connell (Live presentation)

TBC


Alida Connell

#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.

#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.

#12 The Power of Story (1) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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)

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


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 (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).

BUNDABERG

Bundaberg Christian College
234 Ashfield Rd, Ashfield

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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)
2:30pm Networking time
3.00pm Transition
3:15pm Elective Session 3
4:15pm Conference close

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!

#12 The Power of Story (2) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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)

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


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 (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).

#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

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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

8.45am 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
2.00pm Plenary Session 2 (3 different ‘stages’ (make your choice)
Children & Families / Youth & Young Adults / RI in Schools (30min)
2.45pm Transition
3.00pm Elective Session 3
4.00pm Conference close

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.

#12 The Power of Story (1) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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) [RI Applicable]
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.

#17 Leading Teams of Volunteers (1)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

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


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).

#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.

#113 Leading Small Groups (1)
Jay-Ellen Wright (Live presentation)

TBC


Jay-Ellen Wright

MT ISA

Spinifex State College
Mt Isa

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MT ISA

8.15am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1: Dr Tania Watson
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: Children & Families | Youth & Young Adults | RI in Schools
2.30pm Networking time
3.00pm Elective Session 3
4:00pm Conference close

MT ISA

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#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 Applicable] (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 Applicable] (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!

#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)

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


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 (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).

#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

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

VICTORIA

(Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

9.30am Plenary Session 1
10.30am Morning Tea (food not provided)
11.00am Elective Session 1
15 minute changeover
12.15pm Elective Session 2
1.15pm Lunch Break (food not provided)
2.15pm Plenary Session #2
2.30pm Plenary pre-recorded content #2
3.15pm Break
3.30pm Elective Session 3
4.30pm  Close

VICTORIA

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#172 Resiliency Doughnut (1) [Children & Families]
Lyn Worsley (Live Presentation)

Lyn is going to present her 'strengths-based' model of resilience - 'The Resilience Doughnut' and the benefits of using it with individuals, groups and communities. She is going to outline how it connects strengths to build resilience, with practical helpful examples, and then illustrate how it enables people to thrive (not just survive!) during experiences of adversity.


Lyn Worsley is the Director of The Resilience Centre Sydney and the author of her own model of resilience - 'The Resilience Doughnut'. She is also a Senior Clinical Psychologist over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families from a strengths-based and solution-focused perspective, as well as a Trainer and Presenter.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1) [Children & Families]
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 (1) [Children & Families]
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) [Children & Families]
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!

#173 Intergenerational Small Groups (2) [Children & Families]
Brendan Petty and Beth Barnett (Live Presentation)

Opening the Bible together in a way that is engaging and genuine for a diverse group is no easy ask, yet it is possible, worthwhile, and there are lots of models and parallels to draw from in our facilitation of such an experience. Join with Beth and Brendan to explore the what, the why and the how of gathering in life giving and life transforming groups that span generations, cultures and other real or perceived barriers.


Brendan works with SU Victoria in training for ministry and mission with children and is part of the kids band Snack Music. He loves thinking about ways to facilitate groups, especially interactively and online.

Beth works in the messy zone where the streams of learning among all ages, the arts, theology, academia, life, mission, innovation and Bible engagement overlap. Her blog, multivocality.wordpress.com champions her life long passion for listening for God in the midst of listening to diverse sounds and voices.

#1 Working with 0-5s (2) [Children & Families]
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.

#5 Empowering Parents (2) [Children & Families]
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.

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (2-3) [Children & Families]
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.

#2 Catering for Children with Additional Needs (3) [Children & Families]
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) [Children & Families]
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!

#175 Being and Offering What Schools Need (1) [Serving Schools]
Naomi Swindon (Pre-recorded)

Being welcomed into schools is not a ‘given’ for any of us. This workshop explores a simple and profound approach for churches to be AND bring blessing to a school and its community. Relevant to Primary and Secondary school settings. (Please bring a suitable prize with you to add to the fun during this session)


Naomi Swindon is a training specialist for SU Victoria with a lifelong focus on engaging, impactful youth work that embodies Jesus’ way and invites people on board. She loves a good laugh, justice and singing her heart out!

#13 Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour (1) [Serving Schools]
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.

#171 Chaplains in a Victorian School Setting (2) [Serving Schools]
Monique Riviere-Pendle & Mathew Pendle (Pre-recorded)

Husband and wife presenters, Mathew and Monique, will share from their experiences of working in both the Government and Independent school contexts, drawing on their different roles. School Chaplaincy is diverse, and offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with a school community in a range of ways. This session will give an overview of some of the possible directions of School Chaplaincy, as well as the differences between working in the Government and Independent School sectors. This session will explore everything from running Services, Breakfast Clubs, Speed Stacking and Service Learning opportunities.


A trained Secondary School English, Religious Education and Humanities teacher, Monique decided to commence further study in Theology with the view of going in to Chaplaincy after working for five years in the Catholic Education system. After completing the degree, she was appointed as the Chaplain at a P-12 Ecumenical school in South-East Melbourne where she has worked in the role for the past four years. 

Mathew worked in State School Chaplaincy through the Salvation Army for three years before taking a year of Paternity Leave. He has worked at two different schools in this role, and has also combined it with his experiences as a Family and Children’s Worker in a local Uniting Church. He is part of the federally funded Chaplaincy program and has returned to the role from Paternity Leave in 2021.

#174 Serving your School Community through RI and more (2) [Serving Schools]
Korus Connect (Pre-recorded)

TBC


Korus Connect (The Council for Christian Education in Schools) has been working in and with school communities for 75 years, focussed on the delivery of Special Religious Instruction and the provision of pastoral care through school chaplaincy.

#12 The Power of Story (2) [Serving Schools]
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.

#176 Q&A Serving Schools (3) [Serving Schools]
Naomi Swinden (Live Presentation)

Put your burning questions to some seasoned practitioners.


Naomi Swindon is a training specialist for SU Victoria with a lifelong focus on engaging, impactful youth work that embodies Jesus’ way and invites people on board. She loves a good laugh, justice and singing her heart out!

#14 Addressing Children’s Questions (3) [Serving Schools]
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) [Youth & Young Adults]
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 (1) [Youth & Young Adults]
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

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


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.

#170 Including Youth with Neurodiversity (2) [Youth & Young Adults]
Stuart Conkie (Pre-recorded)

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


Stuart has worked in Christian ministry with children, youth and adults for almost 30 years. He has been a teacher, worked in local missions, and pastoral ministry. More recently, he has started a counselling practice and has a passion for helping people discover hope.

#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).

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (3) [Youth & Young Adults]
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.

TASMANIA NORTH

Riverlands
159 Wellington Street, Longford
Saturday, March 13, 2021

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

TASMANIA NORTH

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1: Tania Watson (35 mins)
10.00am Morning Tea
10.20am Electives Session 1
11.20am Electives Session 2
12.20pm Lunch
1.00pm Plenary Session 2: Local speaker
1.30pm Electives Session 3
2.30pm Plenary Session 3: Andy Kirk (30mins)
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 (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!

#5 Empowering Parents (1)
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 (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!

#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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#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 (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

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


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 (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).

#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.

TASMANIA SOUTH

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

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

TASMANIA SOUTH

8.00am Registrations opens
9.00am Plenary Session 1: Tania Watson (35 mins)
10.00am Morning Tea
10.20am Electives Session 1
11.20am Electives Session 2
12.20pm Lunch
1.00pm Plenary Session 2: Local speaker
1.30pm Electives Session 3
2.30pm Plenary Session 3: Andy Kirk (30 mins)
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 (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!

#5 Empowering Parents (1)
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 (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!

#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 (3)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

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


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.

#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.

#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).

#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.

Online Hubs

ONLINE

$20

SU QLD is proud to be presenting AMPLIFY Online!

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

You won’t want to miss it!

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ONLINE

(Australian Eastern Standard Time)

8.30am Plenary Session #1
9.30am Break
10.00am Elective Session 1
15 minute changeover
11.15am Electives Stream #2
12.15pm Lunch Break
1.15pm Plenary Session #2
2.15pm Break
2.30pm Elective Session 3
3.30pm  Conference close
4.00pm Plenary Session #1 (REPLAY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuning in from a time zone outside of AEST

If you don’t want to start the conference at the crack of dawn (we’re looking at you WA!), jump on in time for the start of Elective Session 1 (this is 8am if you’re in WA), that way you can work through the rest of the day at the same pace as everyone else and you will have opportunities to be in small groups with people across the country.

At the end of the day, we will replay Plenary Session #1
so no one misses out!

ONLINE

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#172 Resiliency Doughnut (1) [Children & Families]
Lyn Worsley (Live Presentation)

Lyn is going to present her 'strengths-based' model of resilience - 'The Resilience Doughnut' and the benefits of using it with individuals, groups and communities. She is going to outline how it connects strengths to build resilience, with practical helpful examples, and then illustrate how it enables people to thrive (not just survive!) during experiences of adversity.


Lyn Worsley is the Director of The Resilience Centre Sydney and the author of her own model of resilience - 'The Resilience Doughnut'. She is also a Senior Clinical Psychologist over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families from a strengths-based and solution-focused perspective, as well as a Trainer and Presenter.

#6 A Fresh Look at Leadership (1) [Children & Families]
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 (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) [Children & Families]
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!

#173 Intergenerational Small Groups (2) [Children & Families]
Brendan Petty and Beth Barnett (Live Presentation)

Opening the Bible together in a way that is engaging and genuine for a diverse group is no easy ask, yet it is possible, worthwhile, and there are lots of models and parallels to draw from in our facilitation of such an experience. Join with Beth and Brendan to explore the what, the why and the how of gathering in life giving and life transforming groups that span generations, cultures and other real or perceived barriers.


Brendan works with SU Victoria in training for ministry and mission with children and is part of the kids band Snack Music. He loves thinking about ways to facilitate groups, especially interactively and online.

Beth works in the messy zone where the streams of learning among all ages, the arts, theology, academia, life, mission, innovation and Bible engagement overlap. Her blog, multivocality.wordpress.com champions her life long passion for listening for God in the midst of listening to diverse sounds and voices.

#1 Working with 0-5s (2) [Children & Families]
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.

#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.

#4 Rethinking Discipleship (Double elective) (2-3) [Children & Families]
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.

#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) [Children & Families]
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!

#175 Offering What Schools Need (1) [Serving Schools]
Naomi Swindon (Pre-recorded)

If you think schools are closed or closing to Christians, come check this perspective out.


Naomi Swindon is a training specialist for SU Victoria with a lifelong focus on engaging, impactful youth work that embodies Jesus’ way and invites people on board. She loves a good laugh, justice and singing her heart out!

#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.

#12 The Power of Story (2) [Serving Schools]
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.

#176 Q&A Serving Schools (3) [Serving Schools]
Naomi Swinden (Live Presentation)

Put your burning questions to some seasoned practitioners.


Naomi Swindon is a training specialist for SU Victoria with a lifelong focus on engaging, impactful youth work that embodies Jesus’ way and invites people on board. She loves a good laugh, justice and singing her heart out!

#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 (1)
Tom Schmidt (Pre-recorded)

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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.

#170 Including Youth with Neurodiversity (2) [Youth & Young Adults]
Stuart Conkie (Pre-recorded)

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


Stuart has worked in Christian ministry with children, youth and adults for almost 30 years. He has been a teacher, worked in local missions, and pastoral ministry. More recently, he has started a counselling practice and has a passion for helping people discover hope.

#21 Cross Cultural Engagement (3) [Youth & Young Adults]
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.

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

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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).