Inspire SA is the perfect place to gain encouragement, discernment, and connections with like-minded thinkers in the fields of evangelism, church planting, inter-cultural mission and neighbourhood engagement. It will be full of people who are eager to serve and represent Jesus in their context – which is why we want you there!
This year at Inspire, we have gathered a line-up of passionate, experienced, creative speakers to encourage and spur you on in your own mission context. This will include Baptist World Aid’s Marbuen Diaz (church planting), Julie-anne Laird (evangelism), Geoff Maddock (neighbourhood engagement), and Luke & Rachel Hutchinson (inter-cultural mission). We are excited for them to share with you over 2 days of sessions, electives, great food and coffee.
Choose to attend full-time, or come along for one day if that’s what suits your schedule.
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Julie-Anne Laird grew up in Keith in South Australia and studied at Bible College of SA. She has worked for 20 years as an evangelist with AFES in Melbourne and has volunteered with Arrow and Lausanne. She is now the Director of Missional Engagement for City to City Australia plus the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.
She has four young adult children, all still living at home! She is married to Andrew and loves bike riding, kayaking, and a good coffee with friends.
Geoff Maddock is the VIC/TAS State Leader for Global Interaction – the international intercultural sending agency of Australian Baptist churches. He is a mission practitioner with extensive experience in both urban and global mission contexts. He is passionate about journeying with Australian churches and exploring the ways in which partnership with global mission can grow the effectiveness of mission within local communities. Geoff is also a keen photographer and loves travel. He lives in Melbourne’s CBD, is married to Sherry and they have an 18yr old son named Isaac.
Marbuen Diaz joined Baptist World Aid in 2018 after 18 years of pastoral ministry, part-time lecturing at Morling College, and work in overseas missions/developmental context. He has a Bachelor of Ministry through Morling College, a Master of Transformational Development through Eastern College, and currently completing a Masters of Counselling through Excelsia College. Now the National Manager of Church Engagement, Marbuen is a registered minister and lives with his wife and three children in Sydney.
Read about Marbz’ journey here!
Luke and Rachel their three children Isaac, Tahlia and Michaela, have been living and working among the Khmer people of Cambodia since October 2018. Luke previously served as SA/NT State Director for Global Interaction and is now the Cambodian Team Leader. He volunteers at a local village school teaching English and is looking for opportunities to teach within local family contexts. Rachel is a speech pathologist and volunteers for an organisation that provides therapy for children with disabilities. She also spends time investing in relationships with women in the village near their home. Luke and Rachel are passionate about sharing Jesus with their Khmer friends and continue to learn Khmer culture and language so that they can share Jesus effectively.