4D Conference 2019

May 18th 2019, 9am – 4pm

Clovercrest Baptist Church

Registrations have closed for 2019. Please contact the Baptist Centre.

4D Conference is aimed at all volunteers and leaders in your local church context. That means anyone who is in a volunteer role within a church is welcome!

This year our 4D Leadership Conference is called Restory. We will gather with volunteers and leaders from across our family of churches to imagine what it looks like to be the kinds of leaders and churches we need to be into the future. If you volunteer or work in your church we would love to invite you to come to this fantastic event. With keynote talks from Tim Foster and loads of great electives to choose from we can’t wait to see you there.
We would love for you to think about who you might bring with you as you gather with others from our community of churches!

This year

4D Conference is for all church volunteers
May 18th 2019, 9am – 4pm
Clovercrest Baptist Church, 2 Famechon Cres, Modbury North

Speaker: Tim Foster

This year we are excited to welcome Tim Foster as our keynote speaker. Tim has been the Vice Principal at Ridley Theological College since 2009, where he also teaches Personal Evangelism, Ministry Foundations, Gospel and Culture, Leadership and Preaching. Throughout his parish ministries, he sought to build gospel communities that engaged the local culture, and has developed extensive resources such as the People of God Evangelism Resource. He also founded Youthworks College, and holds a Doctor of Ministry in which he focused on mission and the church in the post-Christendom context.

Registrations have closed for 2019. Please contact the Baptist Centre.

Pricing and Registrations

Earlybird [before April 15] $50
Standard $60
Group of 5+ $50 per person

Registrations have closed for 2019. Please contact the Baptist Centre.

Baptist Churches are able to opt to pay their registration by invoice. If this is an option you prefer, please get in touch at events@sabaptist.asn.au or on (08) 8357 1755.

Electives 

This year you will be able to select 2 electives to attend throughout the day. The following electives are available:
Elective Session 1
  1. Understanding and engaging other worldviews with Tim Foster
    We all encounter people who have different worldviews to us. It can ultimately be very tricky to have a calm conversation where everyone feels heard, yet each person has also been able to communicate their thinking and understand one another. As Christians and leaders in 2019, it is becoming infinitely more important to be able to navigate these waters with kindness and thoughtfulness.
    In this elective, Tim will explore what it looks like to understand and engage with people who may never agree with you.
  2. Storytelling in Cross-Cultural Contexts with David Turnbull
    Intercultural engagement for kingdom oriented ministry is increasing within and beyond the Australian Christian community. A growing feature to communicate effectively the story of Jesus in cross-cultural contexts is Chronological Bible Storying.   Acknowledging the power of narrative, this Interactive workshop will explore the strategy, rationale, methods, examples and challenges of storytelling.
  3. Restorying youth ministry with Riley Smith
    How can you actively engage with the next generation, without seeming like you’re trying too hard?
    How can you find balance between the social and spiritual for youth nights?
    What does youth ministry look like now, vs what it could look like in the future?
  4. Looking ahead in Governance, Admin and Finance with Mike Mills
    Why “governance” in the church?
    This session will look at the importance, in our Baptist movement, of what contemporary society calls “governance”. There must be more to it than being a good ‘corporate citizen’ and meeting compliance. We will look at the rightful place of spiritual oversight and its essential presence amongst us as well as exploring some innovative approaches. This is a session for all pastors, elders, deacons, board and council members as well as those who might be thinking about this area of leadership and ministry.
    Restorying our neighbourhoods with Sam Hearn
    Living Jesus Locally
    Sam will share from his experience as a leader of a local missional neighbourhood shaped church, Jigsaw, for over 10 years in Mornington, Victoria, including recent roles as a Local Councillor and founder of a social enterprise initiative. In addition he will draw on his learnings from supporting more than 100 other church leaders engaging in local mission through his role as National Director of SURRENDER and current role as National Training and Networking Coordinator with the COACH Network. The focus will be to create a shared space to explore what it looks like when we build deep roots in our local contexts that result in true kingdom transformation of our neighbourhoods as well as healthy disciples and churches.
  5. Restorying pastoral care with Kathryn Churchett
    More to come.
  6. Past halfway: restorying our legacies with Neil Ryan
    We’ve all heard the expression, He/She is over the hill. We know what message that is intended to convey! But what if we ask the obvious question, ‘What does it look like over the hill or to be past half-way?’ Why should we assume that over the hill is a dark place of diminishing ministry accompanied by an increasing obsession for the way things were! What if the other side of the hill opens up a whole new world of possibilities? What if the other side of the hill turns out to be the place where you really want to be?
    Whether we are past half-way, or over the hill, let’s look forward to this changing landscape with the anticipation that in Jesus, the gospel insists that God has a story that is still waiting to be written.

 

Elective Session 2
  1. Understanding and engaging other worldviews with Tim Foster
    We all encounter people who have different worldviews to us. It can ultimately be very tricky to have a calm conversation where everyone feels heard, yet each person has also been able to communicate their thinking and understand one another. As Christians and leaders in 2019, it is becoming infinitely more important to be able to navigate these waters with kindness and thoughtfulness.
    In this elective, Tim will explore what it looks like to understand and engage with people who may never agree with you.
  2. Our story: Baptist values in a changing world with Melinda Cousins
    What does it mean to be part of the Baptist movement? How does our story so far shape who we are? How do we hold on to our core values as well as be flexible and adaptive to the context we find ourselves in now and in the future? In this elective we will explore some key values that shape who we are, what we are on about, and how we respond to the challenges we face. This conversation is important for anyone on a local church leadership team and will help all of us keep ‘re-storying’ who we are together.
  3. Restorying our practice of prayer with Steve Woods
    More to come.
  4. Church and Indigenous Australia with Don Hayward
    More to come.
  5. Restorying kids ministry with Ann Hughes
    Why do we do what we do? What is the purpose that drives us? How can we make sure we are being relational and intentional?
    An interactive session where we can learn from each other and grow together in ways that we can build lasting faith into the next generation.
  6. Restorying worship with Rob Humphreys
    Are you intrigued by what the future of sung worship looks like? Interested in current trends and potential possibilities? Is change inevitable and does legacy matter? Come ready to ask these questions, offer ideas and join the conversation as we look at Restorying Worship together.
  7. Restorying Community Collaboration with Graham Brown, Joanna Hubbard and Dan Newton
    Being Authentically Church as we work together to build healthy inclusive communities that address the 3 Social Plagues of the 21st Century. Inspired by our Lord’s words in Matthew 11:25-28, this session will explore our Lord‘s invitation to His people and the call upon His Church to ‘Be Salt’ and ‘Shed Light’ in the community.
    How might we learn from Him about how to restore relationships and build healthy inclusive communities where all people are included and enabled to participate. This session will challenge you to accept the yoke of Community leadership…

 

Election Day

What a coincidence that on our annual conference day dedicated to leadership, we also have the privilege of having a say about our country’s leadership! There are a few options to help make sure you get to vote and attend the full day at 4D Leadership Conference:
  1. Vote early – You have the option of attending an early voters polling booth on a day prior to Saturday 18th May. This way you can relax and enjoy the conference! See more info here.
  2. Vote before conference on the day (polling booths open at 8am)
  3. Vote after conference on the day (polling booths close at 6pm sharp)

Lunch

🌯 Morning tea and lunch are included in your registration, and you will be able to provide dietary requirements at the time of registering.

Churches

We would love for you to share this opportunity with your church as we gather together as a community of churches!
Baptist Churches are able to opt to pay their registration by invoice. If this is an option you prefer, please get in touch at events@sabaptist.asn.au or on (08) 8357 1755.

 Questions?

P: (08) 8357 1755

Last year

Check out the recap video of 4D Conference 2018, created by the very talented Isaac Drury of Rostrevor Baptist Church.