For Ministry Workers – Gatherings of people in similar fields of ministry will be held in various locations across Melbourne on the Thursday that the conference opens.
Those who indicate their interest in one of these network gatherings will be contacted with more details prior to the conference.

Unless Otherwise indicated Network Gatherings will run from 10am – 4pm.

Network Gatherings and Facilitators

1. Mission Networks / Fresh Expressions

A master-class with Frog Orr-Ewing exploring how to be missional and creative within Anglican parishes and structures. This will be an opportunity for discussion, reflection and challenge as each participant applies the content to their own context.

Facilitator: Frog Orr-Ewing
Local Hosts: Steve & Jenny Sonneman
Location: Bethany International Church (Bethlehem room upstairs) 37 Ballantyne St, South Melbourne

2. Spiritual Friendships for Single People
Over the last several decades, with the appearance of legalized same-sex marriage in many Western countries and more vocal advocacy for LGBTQ persons in secular society as well as in the Christian churches, pastors and other Christians have faced increasing challenges about how best to respond to these cultural shifts. Speaking from their personal experience as well as from deep wrestling with the Bible’s teaching on marriage and singleness, Wesley Hill and Tom Pugh will offer insight into these challenges, discussing the possibility of faithful single life, practices of friendship and hospitality, and what Christian ministry might look like in a post-closet world.
Facilitators: Wes Hill & Tom Pugh
Local Host: Stephen Hale
Location: Bethany International Church ((Berea room upstairs) 37 Ballantyne St, South Melbourne
3. Ordination Candidates

This session is for people who are planning for or considering ordination in the Anglican Church. It will be an opportunity to consider the shape of gospel leadership for the future and how best to prepare for it.
Facilitators/ Local Hosts: Brian Rosner, Richard Trist, Rhys Bezzant, Anthea McCall, ABp Glenn Davies
Location: Ridley College, Babbage Learning Centre
** Commencing at 9.30 am

4. Cross Cultural Ministers
An opportunity for those involved in cross-cultural ministry to connect and learn from one another. Within the day we will reflect on tensions between HUP and multi-cultural models of ministry

Facilitator / Local Host: David Williams
Location: St Andrew’s Hall 190 The Avenue, Parkville
5. Retired but Active Ministers

After many years of Gospel service, what does it look like to support and encourage the local Church while also faithfully nurturing our own spiritual life?  An opportunity to gather and share insights together.

Facilitator: Peter Brain
Local Host: John Harrower
Location: Bethany International Church (Corinth Room upstairs) 37 Ballantyne St, South Melbourne
6. Emerging Leaders

In 2014 EFAC Australia hosted a national Emerging Leaders Conference in Melbourne. Those in attendance found it both challenging and edifying. Our goal is to replicate this with ongoing opportunities beyond this AFC to gather and be encouraged by one another. This network would be suited to those in their first five years of active ministry. As such, it is not limited to one particular context.

Facilitators: Adam Cetrangolo, Chris Swann & Julie-anne Laird
Local Host: Adam Cetrangolo
Location: St James Old Cathedral Conference Room, 2 Batman St, West Melbourne

7.Pastors of Smaller Churches
The day will include:
Time to connect with and hear from other people like you from around Australia
A session on factors affecting smaller churches in different contexts (including rural) – with Mark Short (National Director, BCA)
A discussion on smaller churches and the role of the leader – facilitated by Stephen Carnaby

Facilitators: Stephen Carnaby, Mark Short
Local Hosts: Angela Cook and Andrew Esnouf
Location: Bethany International Church (Bethel room – next to main auditorium) 37 Ballantyne St, South Melbourne

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