Conference

The Centre holds an annual conference each year to resource and teach ministry practitioners and interested lay people in depth, on an area of common interest.

Luke's women, and a ministry that builds the church

  • Monday, January 30, 2017
  • 8:30am coffee for a 9.00am start & finish 4.45pm
  • Moore Theological College, King Street, NEWTOWN NSW

SCROLL DOWN FOR CONFERENCE DETAILS INCLUDING ELECTIVES!

Please email jane.tooher@moore.edu.au if you experience any registration difficulties.

The registration price will indicate 30 cents lower than the actual ticket price, and then 30 cents will be added for the booking.

An elective on Divorce & Remarriage (speaker: Mark Thompson) has replaced the elective on Singleness.

Registration was due to close today January 20, but will remain open over the weekend due to requests from some.

Please contact Jane Tooher if you would like to attend conference but cost is an issue.


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Morning session

With William Taylor

  • 9:00am-12:30pm
Talk 1: Mary and Martha and Christian Discipleship in Luke

In this first talk I will look at Luke 10:38 – 42 looking at Mary and Martha and the ‘one thing necessary’.  I want us to see the place of the Word in the theology of Luke and how Mary, one of ‘Luke’s women’ exemplifies the key lesson we learn from Mary at the start of the Gospel and that we find throughout Luke’s writing.  The essence of this talk will concern discipleship and what it looks like for God’s Kingdom to grow. As a ‘bi-product’ of looking at Mary and Martha I want to give an insight into the way Dr Luke has organised his material in the Gospel and so give people a ‘leg-up’ into preaching Luke.

Talk 2: Paul, Church Planting and Church Building in Acts

In this talk I will examine the relationship between church planting and church building exemplified in the ministry of Paul in Acts. We will see that the relationship between the two needs to be much closer than we often imagine. As with my first talk, the lessons we will be learning from Dr Luke will cover basic, non-negotiable matters discipleship and church work – and we will see how important these are for evaluating our own ministry priorities. The essence of this talk will be to show that we church workers are in the business of Church Building….(and that Church ‘planters’, so called, should grasp this or they will be one-generation wonders). Paul builds the church wherever he goes, through a thorough ministry of the Word.

Why should you hear these talks?

Because the lessons we will be learning from Dr Luke will be a ‘Key-Stage-One’ of discipleship and church work.  The aim, at the start of the year, will be to hold a plumb-line against our ministry and ask whether we are doing the work the way the New Testament expects us to do the work!

About our speaker, William Taylor

william-taylorWilliam Taylor grew up on a farm in Cornwall. He served in the British Army as an Officer in the Royal Green Jackets for five years before being ordained. In 1995 he joined St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate, in the heart of the City of London, and become Rector in 1998. The ministry at St Helen’s has for many years had a focus on reaching the business community; there are also vibrant Sunday Congregations reaching amongst others, students, young workers, families and internationals. William is married to Janet, and they have three children – Emily, Digby and Archie. He is the author of several books; Understanding the Times, Partnership, The Word One to One and Revolutionary Sex and Revolutionary Work. He was a contributor on the Proclamation Bible. He is also editor of the Read Mark Learn series: John, Romans and Luke (Vol 1).

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Short talk by Jane Tooher

Update 15/12/16 – Tara Stenhouse has had to pull out of speaking.

Jane Tooher will give a short talk instead. Jane is a member of the Ministry Department at Moore, and the Director of the Priscilla & Aquila Centre. She joined the faculty in August 2009 after serving in parish ministry in London and Sydney. She lives in Newtown with a niece and 2 nephews.

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Afternoon session 1

Electives slot 1

  • 1:45pm-3:00pm

Please choose one elective from the list

(i) Prophecy today? (Peter Orr)

What will this elective be about?

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells them to eagerly desire the gift of prophecy (1 Cor 14:1). In this session, we will consider the following questions: Does prophecy continue today or did it stop in the first century? If it does continue, what should it look like in practice in the life of the church? How is NT prophecy different from OT prophecy? How does prophecy differ from preaching? How does understanding prophecy help us think about men and women serving in word ministry together?

Style

This session will be delivered in a more formal lecture style but will aim to be accessible and practical as we think about this important question. There will be time for questions at the end.

Who is the speaker?

peter-orrPeter Orr lectures in New Testament at Moore. He is originally from Northern Ireland, and before joining the faculty in January 2014, he served in ministry in Romania, London, Sydney, then Melbourne, where he served on the faculty of the Melbourne School of Theology. Peter completed his PhD (‘Christ Absent and Present: A Study in Pauline Christology’) at the University of Durham in 2011. He is married to Emma, an Australian, and they have four young boys. Peter writes: “I love spending time with family and friends.  I enjoy reading fiction and books about Northern Irish history. Having lived in Romania for a few years in the 1990’s, I am also interested in all things Romanian. I follow (probably too closely!) Ireland in the Rugby, England in the Cricket and Arsenal in the Football.”

 

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(ii) Partnering in practice (Jo Gibbs & Kate Snell)

What will this elective be about?

What does a good gospel partnership between a husband and wife look like in practice?  This seminar seeks to answer this question by exploring how God can use our different giftings, personalities and experiences to make us better in ministry together.  Kate and Jo share their testimonies of husband and wife teams ministering together through the challenges and joys of life and ministry.

Style

Popular level with time for questions at the end.

Who are the speakers?

joJo is married to Mike, and with their 2 kids they served in Muslim ministry in South Asia with CMS for 11 years. Returning to Australia last year, she is now the Families Minister at St John’s Anglican, Beecroft, where she supports local families, gets messy at kids’ programs, and has the privilege of making the amazing truths of the Gospel real and alive for people of all ages. She will be sharing from her personal experiences of burnout and living with a family member with chronic illness, to explore how God can use those experiences to develop a great husband-wife Gospel partnership.

 

kateKate is thankful to partner with her husband Brian in ministry.  Kate was the Assistant Chaplain at Barker College until 2015 and continues to teach there, and Brian is the Assistant Minister at St Peter’s Hornsby.  She loves talking to teenagers about life and faith at Barker and being involved in a variety of ministries at St Peter’s. Together Kate and Brian run marriage preparation at Church Hill Anglican, Sydney.  She will be sharing from her involvement in school, parish and marriage ministries and from their experiences of infertility, ART, and the death of their son Timothy soon after his birth.

 

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(iii) Reaching people for Jesus (Bruce Clarke, Sandy Galea, Cathy Young, Moussa Ghazal)

What will this elective be about?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s good news for all of humanity – no matter age, gender or background – all need to hear. In this elective 4 people will share from experience the sharing of this good news in their ministry context.

Style

Panel discussion with Phil Wheeler asking the 4 speakers different questions & a time for questions at the end.

This elective won’t be recorded.

Chair person

Phil Wheeler is the Director of Evangelism and New Churches (ENC) and the chair of Katoomba Christian Convention. He was previously Senior Minister at Gladesville Anglican for 13 years. Phil is married to Jill and they have 3 adult children.

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Who are the speakers?

bruce-clarkeBruce Clarke has been the Senior Minister for the past 8 years at St Matthews Anglican church in Manly. Since the day he was converted at age 20 he has had a passion to share Jesus with those around him. He loves living by the beach where he ocean swims, surfs and fishes and wonders if he has salt water in his veins.  Prior to ministering at Manly he was the minister responsible for evangelism at Figtree Anglican church for many years. He is married to Cath and they have 3 children

 

sandySandy is a Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Sydney.  Sandy’s passion is to train children’s ministry leaders – to equip and encourage them to speak God’s truth into the lives of children everywhere. She partners with churches by making the resources and programs, developed for her own church, available on her web site Kidswise. Sandy is a wife, mother and grandmother (what a great privilege!).

 

Cathy Young is married to Jamie, has two sons Jacob & JJ and lives in Newcastle.  She works at ANeW (Anglican Newcastle Evangelical Worship) Church part-time as a Women’s Pastor and loves the opportunities that God gives her to share Jesus with people. Cathy has a particular passion to see women equipped to share Jesus with everyone they meet, to teach God’s Word and be confident in God’s word to change people  and to use their unique gifts and abilities for God’s glory.

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moussa-ghazalMoussa Ghazal has recently begun serving with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) on the campus of Sydney University. He has been leading a ministry seeking to reach out to the many different nationalities that have come to Australia for the last 15 years. More Christians are needed to engage these people. Muslims are perhaps the least reached of all. Moussa’s aim is to encourage university students (who will influence our churches) to engage with their Muslims friends. Before joining the AFES team, Moussa served in parish ministry in Sydney including as Senior Minister of Arncliffe Anglican. He is married to Ros and they have 3 children.

 

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(iv) Divorce & Remarriage (Mark Thompson)

What will this elective be about?

Mark will share what he thinks the Bible teaches about divorce and remarriage.

Style

This session will be delivered in a more formal lecture style but will aim to be accessible and practical as we think about this important question. There will be time for questions at the end.

Who is the speaker?

Mark Thompson is the principal of Moore College and also the head of the Theology, Philosophy & Ethics Department at Moore. He is married to Kathryn and they have 4 daughters. They are members of St Andrew Cathedral.

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Afternoon session 2

Electives slot 2

  • 3:30pm-4:45pm

Please choose one elective from the list

(i) Deborah - Prophetess or Judge? (Paul Williamson)

This elective was originally given at the 2013 P&A but will be given again so others have the opportunity to hear it and ask Paul questions.

What will this elective be about?

Deborah is often used as justification for female leadership in any form in the church today. Was Deborah a prophetess or was she a judge? Both? Neither? This elective will look at Judges 4 & 5 to find some answers.

Style

This session will be delivered in a more formal lecture style. There will be time for questions at the end.

Who is the speaker?

paulOriginally from Northern Ireland, Paul joined the faculty of Moore in 2001 where he lectures in Old Testament, Hebrew, and Aramaic. He is married to Karen and they have two adult sons, Matthew and Andrew. He is currently writing a commentary on Exodus as well as exploring the concepts of redemption and atonement in the Pentateuch. In 2016 he gave the Annual Moore College Lectures on ‘Death and the life hereafter’. Paul enjoys playing basketball.

 

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(ii) Divorce Care - the course (Michael Sheedy & Melinda Hunt + Dominic Steele)

What will this elective be about?

Village Church in Annandale has been running Divorce Care for a few years now – a structured course over 13 two hour sessions to help people deal with the pain of separation and divorce and to look forward to rebuilding their lives.  In this elective, Michael and Melinda will be speaking about how the Divorce Care course is run, what the outcomes have been and how it might be suitable for other churches to run. There will also be a time for questions and answers and Dominic Steele the senior pastor of Village Church will also be available to answer questions.

Each Divorce Care session at Village Church typically runs according to the following small group format in a home setting:

  • Supper with relaxed conversations building fellowship and trust
  • 30-40 minute DVD on a relevant topic featuring US based pastors, counselors and psychologists (covering issues such as anger, loneliness, forgiveness, new relationships and growing closer to God)
  • Group discussion facilitated by group leaders
  • Closing prayer

The 13 session course concludes with a shared meal.

Style

Popular level with time for questions at the end.

Who are the speakers?

michael-melindaMichael Sheedy and Melinda Hunt are one of the married couples who lead the Divorce Care groups at Village Church. Having both gone through the pain of divorce themselves, they lead others on the road to healing. People who have participated in the course at Village Church have reported feeling transformed and having fresh hope for their lives. Some have gone on to become regular members of Village Church.

Michael and Melinda have four children between the ages of 16 and 21. On week days Michael is a management consultant supporting organisations in the mental health and disabilities sector. Melinda runs a graphic design company producing creative communications for clients in sectors that include education, health, disability and the environment.

Dominic Steele is the senior pastor of Village Church Annandale. Dominic will speak briefly and be available to answer any questions.

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(iii) Ministry amongst staff wives & women on staff (Janet Taylor)

What will this elective be about?

The Pastoral Epistles are very clear about what biblical ministry is, and what this ministry involves. How can we encourage the wife of the minister, the one who is there behind the scenes, wanting to be a “helper like-opposite” to her minister husband? How can she help or hinder his work? And how do we best encourage the women on our staff teams, who have many of the same gifts as their male colleagues, but are trying to exemplify their Biblical roles in the church?

Style

Popular level with time for questions at the end.

Who is the speaker?

janet-taylorJanet Taylor is married to William, and they have been serving at St Helens Bishopsgate for 21 years. They live in central London, and have 3 adult children. She is a trained teacher of Religion, and spent 4 years working for Scripture Union as a Schools Worker in Girls’ boarding schools. In recent years, she has spent her time at St Helens, looking after the Staff Wives, running the Women at home’s program, and leading Bible studies.

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(iv) Modesty - more than dressing decently (Jim & Lesley Ramsay)

What will this elective be about?

Modesty is commonly associated with appropriate dress and the female gender. But that restricts the focus – and lets men off the hook! This seminar will look at what the Bible says to both men and women about modesty in the Christian life.

Style:

Popular level lecture with time for questions at the end.

Who are the speakers?

Jim and Lesley have been ministering together for 45 years. After many years of parish ministry in Sydney, they now live on the Central Coast of NSW. Much of their time is spent encouraging young church planters in the FIEC network, fledgling preachers at Moore College, and women in ministry. They try to keep fit so they can keep up with their 10 grandchildren.

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Mark your diary: 2018 conference

Main speaker: Gary Millar

  • Monday, February 5 2018

Gary will give two talks on “Genesis Women”

Gary has been the Principal of the Queensland Theological college (QTC) since 2012.  After studying chemistry in his home city of Belfast, Gary moved to Aberdeen in Scotland to study theology, before completing a D.Phil at Oxford on Deuteronomy (published as Now Choose Life in the NSBT series).  Gary worked as a pastor for the next 17 years in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and was involved in both church revitalization and church planting, before moving to Brisbane to lead the team at QTC. Gary teaches Old Testament, Biblical Theology and Preaching, and preaches most weeks in college chapel. In 2013, along with Phil Campbell, Gary wrote Saving Eutychus, a book on preaching. He has published various chapters and articles, such as Jesus Betrayed and Crucified in His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (eds. D.A. Carson & K. Nielsen), the addresses from the 2013 Gospel Coalition conference. He has also contributed to the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible and has recently completed  a “Biblical Theology of Prayer’”, a forthcoming volume to be published in IVP’s NSBT series.  He is currently working on a major commentary on 1 & 2 Kings. Gary travels widely throughout Australia and beyond, seeking to encourage local churches. Gary is married to Fiona, and they have three daughters, Lucy, Sophie and Rebekah.

Confirmed elective speakers: (more details to come)

(i) Fiona Millar (Topic to be confirmed later)

(ii) Gender & the Trinity – David Hohne

(iii) Men & women and the image of God – Andrew Leslie

(iv) Singleness in life & ministry – Jane Tooher

(v) TBA

(vi) TBA

(vii) TBA

(viii) TBA

 

Get in touch with us

If you would like to contact The Priscilla and Aquila Centre, then please email the Director, Jane Tooher on jane.tooher@moore.edu.au.