Our program

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Take a look at our program and some of the program elements!

Timetable

Here is the program for this year’s  conference … it is still subject to minor changes.

Tuesday 11th of June

TUESDAY
Welcome!!!

12.30pm Arrive and register, settle in (a light lunch is available if you haven’t grabbed something along the way.)

2.30 Opening Celebration and Conference Home Groups

3.30 Break

4.00 Keynote Session 1: Empowering Children (Logosdor Team)

Elements: Keynote input, conference Working Group time, context group discussions, individual reflection, Q & A, and afternoon tea

5.30 Free time

6.30 Dinner

7.30 Empowering Children (continued)

… continues. 

8.30 Networking & supper including Connect Group opportunities

Wednesday 12th of June

WEDNESDAY

~~~ Personal Reflective Space or Connect Group opportunities

7.30 Breakfast

8.15 Home Groups

8:45 Corporate worship

9.30 Keynote Session 2: Finding the Sweet Spot (Many voices including Beth Barnett, David Buxton, Phil Day, Christina Embree (on Skype from the US), and Tammy Tolman)

Elements: Keynote input, conference Working Group time, context group discussions, individual reflection, Q & A, and morning tea.

12.30pm Lunch

2.00 Collaborations/Breakout groups A

3.30 Break

4:00 Delegate initiated Connect Group conversations

5.30 Free Time including Connect Group possibilities

6:00 Dinner

7.30 Ministry Expo & Market place

9.00 Networking & supper including Connect Group possibilities

Thursday 13th of June

THURSDAY

~~~ Personal Reflective Space or Connect Group opportunities

7.30 Breakfast

8.15 Home Groups

8.45 Corporate Worship

9.30 Collaboration/Breakout sessions B

11.00 Break

11.30 Collaborations/Breakout groups C

1 pm Lunch

2.30 Keynote session 3: Building resilience in a frenetic world (Many voices including Lynn Worsley, Emma Parr & Terry Williams)

Elements: Keynote input, conference Connect Group time, context group discussions, individual reflection, Q & A, and afternoon tea

4.00 Building resilience in a frenetic world (continued)

5.30 Free Time

6.00 Dinner

7.30 The L2g Challenge & Hall of Appreciation Induction

Our main activity will be our popular yet trivial challenge! And PRIZES! The prizes! Yes, the prizes will also probably be trivial 🙂

8.30 Networking & supper including Connect Group opportunities

Friday 14th of June

FRIDAY

~~~ Personal Reflective Space or Connect Group opportunities

7.15 Breakfast (A slightly earlier and shorter breakfast to allow us to finish well.)

7.45 Home Groups

8.15 Corporate Worship

9.00 Keynote session 4: The Leader in You (Many voices including Tracy Valentine)

Elements: Keynote input, conference Working Group time, context group discussions, individual reflection, Q & A, and morning tea

12.00 Closing celebration, Home Groups, and lunch

12.30 Lunch

Keynotes and presenters

Keynote presenters

This time we will draw extensively on the experience, expertise and wisdom of:

  • those who regularly attend L2g
  • panel experts who will visit for their session
  • international voices brought to us via technology
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Empowering
Children

Learning the art of getting out of the way

Listening and responding to the needs of children is a vital aspect of our ministry with them. As Christian leaders we have a responsibility to equip and  empower  children and give them a voice, as well as responding to their stories of voicelessness and disempowerment. We need to provide children with strategies and opportunities for spiritual growth, discipleship, personal evangelism and service. This session will be facilitated by the Logosdor team. There will be opportunities to explore ideas on how to step out of the way and empower children for ministry both inside the church, within their families, communities and beyond. There will also be a chance to hear of spaces where this is happening well.

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Finding the sweet spot

Growing lifelong, active followers of Jesus in households, with peers and in intergen-relational ways

We begin by reflecting on our learning from the decades regarding the strengths and benefits of household, peer and intergen approaches to discipleship. Then, as we consider 3 overlapping circles (or a solid triangle or 3 cords not easily broken), we will imagine what ministry would look like in the sweet spot of all three. As we listen to home-grown and international voices, we will be led to engage in thoughtful and practical responses as to the why, the how and the what of ministry shaped by this understanding. We will tease out ways to draw on the benefits of a synergy of all three in order for this approach to impact your context.

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Building Resilience in a Frenetic World

Exploring pastoral responses to the increasing incidences of mental health issues of children and families in our ministries.

A journey of exploration to help us clarify our understanding of the much-used terms of ‘mental health’ and ‘resilience’ complemented by current research and findings. Drawing on the experience in the room and from professionals from the work force, we will unpack some of the contributing factors and how to recognise and respond to these in our quest to increase levels of wellness in the people we serve in our ministries.

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The Leader in You

Leading with confidence to make the biggest impact your way.

Be inspired and encouraged to:Lead from wherever you are; Raise a new generation of leaders; Shape culture through language; Create longevity of leadership through effective self-care; & to Lead despite feeling inadequate, unimportant or anxious
Jesus modelled leadership throughout his ministry.  In exactly the same way, our own leadership impacts our ministries. God has positioned every one of us to impact our world.  We want you to be encouraged, to build your confidence and provide you with practical strategies to bring out the best the leader in you.

View the archive of keynote themes and presenters here>

Collaborations/Breakout sessions & presenters

Please make your selections from the following breakout session options, write them down, and go to your GoRegister registration to confirm your choices with us there.

Please note: An asterisk * indicates the breakout session is offered twice in different timeslots.

Session A … WED 2:00 - 3.30pm

How do we help kids grow UP with the Bible not to grow OUT of it?

Imagine kids (or adults) who confidently expect that God will speak to them through the Bible – not just now but in a future we can’t imagine. Share ideas and wrestle with our ideals as we explore Scripture through the lens of a child.

Collaboration: A little speaking/AV input and then a sharing of ideas and resources or the workshopping of an idea (no minimum)

Wendy Strachan … Wendy has served in a children’s ministry role with Scripture Union in Queensland, Africa and internationally. Now discovering what retirement means while still involved with a global leadership project, Wendy is turning back the clock and teaching RI with 8-year-olds.

2nd gen definition: Those who spend their formational years between cultures

2nd gen is the fastest and youngest growing group in the church. 1 in 5 Christians in Australia are 2nd gen from non-Anglo backgrounds, with the majority of them being under the age of 30. They may seem happy attending, engaging and even leading in some ministries. But after they become adults in their mid 20s the church is loosing up to 95% of them. 8 years after their Anglo counterparts where 70% are leave before their 18th birthday.
Who are 2nd gen?
What does the faith formation for them look like in the worship space, program space, and home space?
What are their strength and challenges?
What are the ways forward for them and the church?
Discussion around these questions will be explored as well as possible ways forward from current ministry practices will be shared.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (No minimum)

Sam Chan is a 2nd Gen born to migrants who arrived in Australia in the 1970s. His parents were leaders of the first Asian migrant church in Adelaide and Sam was the first 2nd Gen ministry intern in South Australia. To pioneer a way forward for the 2nd Gen who are marginal ethnics that often don’t have a voice and are at risk of ‘silently exiting’ from their faith, Sam has ministered for the past 20 years in and with a number of different spaces like migrant churches, western churches, denomination offices and parachurch organizations. In 2010, Sam started ‘red’, a parachurch organization which initially supported Asian 2nd Gen youth ministries in migrant churches in South Australia but now ministers to all 2nd Gens nationwide who have complex hidden issues. It is also forging faith formation within multiculturalism, 2nd Gen marriages and the birth of the 3rd Gen. Red’s research (both in the books and on the field) has led to publications and him being a speaker at State and National conferences across the wider church.

Discussion around principles for redeeming the art of conversation.

Whether it is politics, religion, gender, global warming or add any number of other emotive topics, it seems that public discourse is broken and contempt has replaced conversation. The anonymity and ease of social media platforms all too easily contribute to polarisation to opposing ends of a spectrum with little space for reasoned discussion.
However, it is possible to hold strongly held views, have an opposing position with someone, engage in discourse and walk away as friends! Come and explore some building blocks for redeeming the art of conversation.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (No minimum)

Terry Williams … Terry trained as a primary school teacher, is a long term SU staff member (within Australia and internationally), serves multiple Kingdom partnering initiatives, (Sports Movement, Global Children’s Forum, Global Family Alliance, Here2Stay, max7 +), is an advocate for ‘family’, is a global trainer, is married to Marg and they have three children, five grandchildren and seeks out good coffee (with friends).

Leverage your own strengths and those of your team for maximum effectiveness in your ministry.

Based on the principles of “Leading from Your Strengths” we will affirm that a good leader concentrates on the strengths of each person on their team. They find out what’s unique about a person and capitalize on it. They help others thrive in the area of their strengths and they manage around their weaknesses. This workshop is an introduction to fantastic leadership principles, that will not only benefit you but also your team.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (Minimum 10)

Tracy Valentine …Tracy is married to Glenn and Mum to 3 young adults. She is the Generations Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church in Brisbane, overseeing all the ministries to the under 18’s. She is passionate about cheering on families to build homes of faith.
Helping all ages find their unique way of being a part of the church community is a joy for Tracy. Empowering young leaders is a large part of her role.

The move toward wholistic intergenerational church

What are the key elements to help us move forward?

The move from Multi-generational church to an “Intergenerational faith community” seems to be a step too big for many to take. So, what are the small steps/key elements we need to consider that will help us as leaders to move forward toward a more wholistic intergenerational church and the roles we all play in this process?

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (No minimum.)

Tammy Tolman … Tammy is the founding Pastor of an Intergenerational Creative Arts community in Australia. Tammy has been actively involved in Ministry to children and their families for 30 years. She has been married for 30 years and has two children aged 21 and 18 years. Tammy is Diploma of Teaching and a Degree In Theology. She has written two books and her “Discovery Learning Series” curriculum and worship music effectively ministers to children and their families all over the world. Tammy speaks at Conferences throughout Australia, NZ, USA, Lebanon, UK, Asia and Cambodia. She is passionate to see the “family of God” be empowered to grow and walk the life long journey of faith together.

Session B … THURS 9:30 - 11:00am

Exploring, imagining and thinking creatively about the future.

An interactive discussion (facilitated by the Logosdor team) on some of the global trends we each see from our perspective and then how we might prepare for or tackle them. Come with ideas and with your perspective. We will play, think, discuss, question, laugh and be stretched together. Thankfully, a document outlining key events in history was sent from the future for this workshop. Otherwise we would have had no idea what to do.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (No minimum.)

Simon Hood … Simon and the Logosdor team started work in 1995 and been harnessing creativity, media, sport, technology, partnering and equipping to take the good news of Jesus to children and families worldwide. Si recently moved back to Sydney after living six years in Dubai and has two energetic boys, Sami (5) & Josh (3). Simon and his wife Penny love having an adoptive family. They now spend most of their time running to keep up with the boys and picking up toys!

How do we help kids grow UP with the Bible not to grow OUT of it?

Imagine kids (or adults) who confidently expect that God will speak to them through the Bible – not just now but in a future we can’t imagine. Share ideas and wrestle with ideals as we explore Scripture through the lens of a child.

Conversation: Collaboration: A little speaking/AV input and then a sharing of ideas and resources or the workshopping of an idea. (No minimum)

Wendy Strachan … Wendy has served in a children’s ministry role with Scripture Union in Queensland, Africa and internationally. Now discovering what retirement means while still involved with a global leadership project, Wendy is turning back the clock and teaching RI with 8-year-olds.

Exploring different tools for listening more deeply to children and their families.

“Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously” is Principle 2 of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations which have now been adopted across Australian States and Territories.

This workshop is exploring HOW we might genuinely engage children, young people, and their families in decisions which affect them in our church communities – so they know we take them seriously and value them. We will do this by exploring together several online resources and workshopping around how to approach this in your own church community.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (No minimum.)

Emma Parr … Emma is in ministry with Uniting Church NSW & ACT as Safe Church Educator, with a big heart for children and family ministry, Godly Play, and encouraging more people to think outside the ‘traditional church’ box. Part of this role is helping translate between churches and safety and compliance team to keep us growing our culture of safety across the church and community.

Being the Community that Support, Equips and Nurtures Parents in their calling to disciple their children
Parents are the number one influencers of a child’s faith. So that begs the question: Who is influencing the influencers? If the faith of parents and caregivers is vital in the discipleship journey for children, how do we as churches support, equip and nurture the faith of parents? How can we disciple them and partner with them in discipling their children? And what’s the big deal about intergenerational ministry? Join Christina Embree live from Lexington US, as she reflects on these and other questions.

Note: This session will be held via Skype/Zoom from the US

Seminar: Mainly speaking/AV input from the speaker with a question time &/or some discussion. (Minimum 10)

Christina Embree … Refocus Ministry was started by Christina Embree, wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and church planter at Plowshares BIC. With years of experience in family ministry and children’s ministry, she is passionate about generational discipleship, seeing churches partnering with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. She recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Ministry focusing on Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at D6 Family, ChurchLeaders.com, and Seedbed

The move toward wholistic intergenerational church

What are the key elements to help us move forward?

The move from Multi-generational church to an “Intergenerational faith community” seems to be a step too big for many to take. So, what are the small steps/key elements we need to consider that will help us as leaders to move forward toward a more wholistic intergenerational church and the roles we all play in this process?

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (No minimum.)

Tammy Tolman … Tammy is the founding Pastor of an Intergenerational Creative Arts community in Australia. Tammy has been actively involved in Ministry to children and their families for 30 years. She has been married for 30 years and has two children aged 21 and 18 years. Tammy is Diploma of Teaching and a Degree In Theology. She has written two books and her “Discovery Learning Series” curriculum and worship music effectively ministers to children and their families all over the world. Tammy speaks at Conferences throughout Australia, NZ, USA, Lebanon, UK, Asia and Cambodia. She is passionate to see the “family of God” be empowered to grow and walk the life long journey of faith together.

Session C … THURS 11:30 - 1:00pm

Exploring evangelism and mission in a changing landscape

In a rapidly changing environment churches are finding it increasingly difficult to engage in meaningful evangelism with people groups beyond their church network. Whilst we acknowledge the central importance of evangelism and mission to the Christian presence in the world, we more often than not experience a ‘failure of nerve’ when it comes to practice and engagement. In this workshop, we will explore the challenge- both of understanding and engagement when it comes to mission and evangelism today.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles (No minimum)

Steve Hodgson is currently the ‘Young Adults Mission and Ministry catalyst’ with Fresh Hope NSW (Churches of Christ) as well as the Team Leader at BASIC Church, a missional church plant in Parramatta in the heart of Western Sydney. Steve is passionate about the Kingdom of God, making disciples, and exploring how followers of Jesus can meaningfully engage in mission in everyday life wherever they are. He is married to Merridy and has three children- Averie, Oliver and Lucas.

This workshop presentation will explore creative ways to foster resilience through programs, conversations, and relationships and consider the practical application of the resilience model.

Conversation: A little speaking/AV input then a facilitated discussion, perhaps in cycles. (Minimum 5)

Lyn Wolsley … Lyn Worsley B.A.hons(psych), R.N., (MA Clin)MAPS
Lyn is a Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. She is the director of the Resilience Centre in Sydney Australia, which has a reputation for innovative solution -focused approaches to client change through individual and group therapies for over 21 years. At the Resilience Centre, Lyn supervises specialist psychologists, and coordinates community seminars, training workshops, and resilience groups for people of all ages. Lyn and the team of Psychologists at the Resilience Centre have set up specialist clinics for youth with eating difficulties, adults with past trauma and a unique service for separated families using a solution focused family intervention model.
Lyn is also the author of the Resilience Doughnut, a pioneering model showing the strong contexts where resilience is enhanced, both during development and throughout adulthood. The Resilience Doughnut has now become a foundational ecological model of resilience which is recognised internationally. The work of the Resilience Doughnut across whole organisations builds awareness of the coping resources available and enhances a culture of resilience. To date Resilience Doughnut trainers have worked directly with over 200 schools, business, corporate and community organisations to build personal resilience, helping people to flourish and thrive.
Lyn has a dynamic style of relating and teaching across disciplines, and her teaching focus is on personal application to enhance learning.

How do we help children and families navigate a safe space in the digital world?

With more and more children carrying a smartphone, how do we help them to set their own agreed boundaries and how do we help families to journey with them into this space? Come and explore the vital role a Digital Family Covenant can have in a home context.

Seminar: Mainly speaking/AV input from the speaker with a question time &/or some discussion. (Minimum 5)

Simone is married to James (29 years) and has six children. The eldest five are now adults, three studying at university, with one daughter married with 2 little boys and one son married and living interstate. One daughter is engaged, two are at uni and one in high school.

Simone has a bachelor of Music Education and worked as a High School music teacher for eight years, before choosing to be at home full time with the children. She has homeschooled our six children for most of their school years, with the oldest ones going to school for years 11 & 12 (HSC). Simone now teaches high school music at a local Christian school, preschool music classes at the local Conservatorium of Music and piano. 

Simone has run Playgroups when the kids were little as well as ten years of GEMs (Godly Encouragement for Mums). Besides a busy week of teaching, Simone plays piano at church and for several nursing homes and Mother’s Union, and is a frequent speaker at various community and parenting events and conferences. For many years she was the National Contact Mum co-ordinator for Growing Families Australia and still spends a good deal of time helping young mothers with their newborn babies.

Simone is the author of Calm Baby Confident Mum, a practical guide to managing your baby.

James is a worship leader at Figtree Anglican Church and is part of the leadership of the creative arts ministry team. He also coordinates the church’s Faithful Daily Read blog.

Together they still run parenting classes and speak at conferences and churches about many parenting topics, including Cyber Parenting.

websites: cyberparentingbook.com … & … calmbabyconfidentmum.com

Being the Community that Support, Equips and Nurtures Parents in their calling to disciple their children
Parents are the number one influencers of a child’s faith. So that begs the question: Who is influencing the influencers? If the faith of parents and caregivers is vital in the discipleship journey for children, how do we as churches support, equip and nurture the faith of parents? How can we disciple them and partner with them in discipling their children? And what’s the big deal about intergenerational ministry? Join Christina Embree live from Lexington US, as she reflects on these and other questions.

Note: This session will be held via Skype/Zoom from the US

Seminar: Mainly speaking/AV input from the speaker with a question time &/or some discussion. (Minimum 10)

Christina Embree … Refocus Ministry was started by Christina Embree, wife to Pastor Luke, mom to three wonderful kids, and church planter at Plowshares BIC. With years of experience in family ministry and children’s ministry, she is passionate about generational discipleship, seeing churches partnering with families to encourage faith formation at home and equipping parents to disciple their kids in the faith. She recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Ministry focusing on Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry at Wesley Seminary, she also blogs at www.refocusministry.org and is a contributing blogger at D6 Family, ChurchLeaders.com, and Seedbed

View the archive of workshop themes and presenters here>