AMPLIFY. Done Differently!

The CMN are excited to bring Australia’s largest children, youth and family ministry conference to Victoria and to bring it right to you and your team!

Registration costs $70 for a team of any size.

We have a number of national speakers, but also some great local content in children’s, family and the serving schools spaces including Beth Barnett, Brendan Petty, Phil Day, Matt & Monique Pendle, Stuart Conkie, Naomi Swindon and Korus Connect.

While it is quite feasible for you to register on your own, we encourage you to register and meet with a group and enjoy the richness of discussions and collaboration that can only come from meeting in person. Each session will be both informative and provide opportunity for you to discuss different ideas related to that session.

We Provide

  • The schedule
  • High quality pre-recorded and live online content
  • One, two or three licences for multiple simultaneous electives and workshops

You Arrange

  • Your venue
  • Communication with your team
  • Internet connection
  • One, two or three rooms and computers
  • Catering (if safe/appropriate)
  • On site check-in, physically distanced seating and other COVIDsafe practicalities

The day will consist of 2 plenary sessions and 3 elective sessions. You will need internet access, a computer and possibly a projector (especially if you have a larger group).

We hope that this will be a blessing to you as we work together to grow God’s kingdom.

Schedule

Saturday 6th March 2021

9.00am Welcome – on your site, among your team
9.30am Plenary/Keynote Session 1
10.30am Morning Tea Break
11.00am Elective Session #1
15 minute changeover
12.15pm Elective Session #2
1.15pm Lunch Break
2.15pm Plenary/Keynote Session 2
3.15pm Break
3.30pm Elective Session #3
4.30pm Close
(all times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Register

If you’re coming as a team in one physical location you only need one person to do the registration (for $70) at suqld.eventsair.com/amplify2021/vicgroup

You’ll need to specify how many licenses you need under ‘group size’. This will be the number of rooms/computers/groups you will have for simultaneous electives. Each license will require a different email address (you might have multiple email addresses or just nominate a co-leader who will be there on the day and who can be in charge of one room). You can re-use your own name and phone number for each group.

Individual online registrations are also possible for $30 each here.

Registration Examples

An explanation of how the group registration works is on the AMPLIFY registration. Here are some scenarios to help you along with the licenses/group language.

Scenario 1: John has a group of 14 people. 5 people are passionate about Children & Family ministries, 4 people are leading out in Youth ministry and 5 people are working in schools. Therefore he needs to have three electives available at the same time. He will register for 3 licences. On the day he will set up three computers in 3 different rooms. All 14 people will sit together for the plenary sessions and then move into their various rooms for the elective sessions.

Scenario 2: Mary has a group of 10 people from her church who are interested in the Children’s and Family ministries electives and the Youth electives. Mary will apply for two licenses and set up two rooms on the day. Although the Children’s and Family Ministries group registered for ‘A fresh look at leadership’ for Elective 1, they have decided to do the live session on ‘The Resilience Doughnut’. As all electives will be available on the day they are able to change their minds with no difficulties.

Scenario 3: A group of school chaplains and others working in schools from different places around their area have decided to get together to form a group. They have decided to have two electives running at the same time, even though they are interested in the same stream. They plan to meet together in the breaks to discuss their learning. They will register for two licenses.

Electives

Session All Children & Families Serving Schools Youth
11.00am
    Resiliency Doughnut (LIVE)

    Lyn Worsley

    Lyn is going to present her ‘strengths-based’ model of resilience – ‘The Resilience Doughnut’ and the benefits of using it with individuals, groups and communities. She is going to outline how it connects strengths to build resilience, with practical helpful examples, and then illustrate how it enables people to thrive (not just survive!) during experiences of adversity.


    Lyn Worsley is the Director of The Resilience Centre Sydney and the author of her own model of resilience – ‘The Resilience Doughnut’. She is also a Senior Clinical Psychologist over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families from a strengths-based and solution-focused perspective, as well as a Trainer and Presenter.

    Adventuring into the Bible with Children

    Wendy Strachan

    For more than 35 years, Wendy’s been involved in children’s ministry in different parts of the world with Scripture Union and other agencies.

    A Fresh Look at Leadership

    Phillip Day

    “In summing up, it’s the constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe, and … no, that’s it … it’s the vibe. I rest my case.” The Castle, 1997

    Often the emphasis of leadership is recruiting & training a team, and setting strategies & goals towards a vision of ministry & mission. As important as that is, that’s only part of the picture. This session will emphasise the need to attend to ‘the culture’ or ‘the vibe’ of your ministry or mission team. There are at least nine aspects to this and we will set ourselves a direction to explore them all!


    Phil has 40+ years of experience of ministry in a variety of teaching, leadership, ministry and consultancy roles … roles to do with everything from urban and beach missions, camps, schools ministry, a large regional church, small country and urban churches, national conferences, CRE, MOPS, play groups, and kindergartens. Oh, and setting ’the vibe’ in his family is some of his best work.

    Life is Intergenerational

    Michael Stalley

    “Life is Intergenerational; anyone telling you different is selling you something!” I am sure this is what the Dread Pirate Roberts said to Buttercup. Come and ask the question “Why Intergenerational?” Is this just another ministry fad that will be short lived? Or just come and find out who the Dread Pirate Roberts is!


    Michael Stalley is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Over 20 years he has led contemporary and traditional churches, urban and rural, through loss and new beginnings. He has a particular interest in being part of communities in which all can find a valued place to belong, grow and contribute. In recent years, Michael has completed the “Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation” through the Vibrant Faith Institute as well as attending the International Intergenerate conference in 2019. Michael has participated in the Australian Intergeneration Round Table (AIR 2019 and 2020) and is on the Intergenerate Australia planning team. Michael believes “The Princess Bride” can be useful somehow in all circumstances!

    Being and Offering What Schools Need

    Naomi Swindon

    Being welcomed into schools is not a ‘given’ for any of us. This workshop explores a simple and profound approach for churches to be AND bring blessing to a school and its community. Relevant to Primary and Secondary school settings.


    Naomi Swindon is a training specialist for SU Victoria with a lifelong focus on engaging, impactful youth work that embodies Jesus’ way and invites people on board. She loves a good laugh, justice and singing her heart out!

    Managing Classroom & Child Behaviour

    Terry Williams

    Understanding some of the factors that cause behaviour is a beginning step in shaping appropriate response strategies for helping children to manage their behaviour and keep you in control. Practical components of the session include some first step strategies, preparatory checklists and a 10 Point Discipline Plan to help you help a child to navigate through their challenging behaviours to bring positive results.


    Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

    Developing Young Leaders

    Brad Case

    So you find yourself with a young but passionate bunch of volunteers. How do you develop them into more competent and more capable leaders that will support and then out-lead you? How do you make them into a team that is humming along and kicking goals? In this session we’ll discover some ways to intentionally develop your team in a Christ-like way.


    Brad Case is the Connection Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to see young emerging leaders cultivate healthy spiritual foundations to flourish in lifelong ministry. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor and QLD State Director for Generations ministry, long time SU Qld camps director and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

    Leading Teams of Volunteers

    Tom Schmidt

    The success of any ministry relies heavily on the health of the leadership team. There are many challenges to maintaining a healthy team. Everything from taking the right steps to form a team through to keeping a team focused, motivated and passionate over the long run. This elective will give you practical insight and tips into starting a team well and maintaining the health of a team over many years so that your ministry will last and have true kingdom impact.


    Tom has been leading teams of people involved in youth and young adult ministry for almost 20 years. From state wide events to small one off teams to long running ministries, he has successfully built and led teams for a huge variety of purposes.

12.15pm
    Intergenerational Small Groups (LIVE)

    Beth Barnett and Brendan Petty

    This workshop values the opportunity that small groups provide for getting up close, hands on, real life impacts with the Bible. Matched with a tumble of diverse ages and backgrounds, we get to the heart of helping one another find the word made flesh and dwelling among us. Learn how to structure these times for supporting healthy intergenerational relationships, in-depth Bible understanding and activitated discipleship.


    Beth Barnett is a writer, speaker and gypsy. She lectures in children and families ministries in the University of Divinity, writes Bible engagement resources for SU

    Brendan works with SU Victoria in training for ministry and mission with children and is part of the kids band Snack Music. He loves thinking about ways to facilitate groups, especially interactively and online.

    Working with 0-5s

    Bethany McGibbon

    Arguably, your early years ministry is the most foundational and critical ministry in the life of your church. Join us as we unpack the ‘why’ we provide a ministry space for young children and explore how to create an engaging and exciting space/program that will see preschoolers’ hearts set on fire for Jesus.


    Bethany is the Early Years Pastor at Gateway Baptist and works as a Children’s and Ministry Chaplain in a number of early learning centres across Queensland.

    Rethinking Discipleship (part 1)

    Terry Williams

    With current data telling us that the Western church has been losing more than 50% of young people every year from the church and the Christian faith, there is an urgent need to rethink how we are outworking Jesus’ final command to ‘go and make disciples’. Come and explore 2 foundational principles and 8 key pillars that will help to shape a long term discipling strategy for the children and young people in your context.


    Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

    Empowering Parents

    Tracy Valentine

    Tracy is the Families Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She has been passionate about kids ministry for over 20 years and loves partnering with parents as they raise a generation of kids who love Jesus.

    Chaplains in a Victorian Schools Setting

    Monique Riviere-Pendle & Mathew Pendle

    Husband and wife presenters, Mathew and Monique, will share from their experiences of working in both the Government and Independent school contexts, drawing on their different roles. School Chaplaincy is diverse, and offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with a school community in a range of ways. This session will give an overview of some of the possible directions of School Chaplaincy, as well as the differences between working in the Government and Independent School sectors. This session will explore everything from running Services, Breakfast Clubs, Speed Stacking and Service Learning opportunities.


    A trained Secondary School English, Religious Education and Humanities teacher, Monique decided to commence further study in Theology with the view of going in to Chaplaincy after working for five years in the Catholic Education system. After completing the degree, she was appointed as the Chaplain at a P-12 Ecumenical school in South-East Melbourne where she has worked in the role for the past four years.

    Mathew worked in State School Chaplaincy through the Salvation Army for three years before taking a year of Paternity Leave. He has worked at two different schools in this role, and has also combined it with his experiences as a Family and Children’s Worker in a local Uniting Church. He is part of the federally funded Chaplaincy program and has returned to the role from Paternity Leave in 2021.

    Serving your School Community through RI and More

    Korus Connect

    Korus Connect (The Council for Christian Education in Schools) has been working in and with school communities for 75 years, focussed on the delivery of Special Religious Instruction and the provision of pastoral care through school chaplaincy.

    The Power of Story

    Terry Williams

    How can you hold an audience without a rope? Come and discover the key elements in the art of storytelling that will help to connect with your audience, maintain their attention and create a special space for God to touch people’s hearts and minds. Such is the power of story and it is as easy as A, B, C & D.


    Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

    Including Youth with Neurodiversity

    Stuart Conkie

    Neurodiverse people think and operate a little differently. This term is used when describing people with autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and others. Neurodiverse youth often struggle fitting in at church and school. This session will provide some practical ideas on how to help them.


    Stuart has worked in Christian ministry with children, youth and adults for almost 30 years. He has been a teacher, worked in local missions, and pastoral ministry. More recently, he has started a counselling practice and has a passion for helping people discover hope.

    Mental Health & Spirituality

    Bradon French

    Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We’ll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


    Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn’t writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

3.30pm
    Catering for Children with Additional Needs

    Natalie Kaiser

    This workshop will look at developing a toolbox of strategies for you to use with children with special needs (diagnosed or otherwise). We will look at the main reasons children may have difficulties accessing the curriculum and what strategies we can have in our toolbox to effectively include them in our program.


    Natalie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children with a variety of special needs.

    Creative Ideas for Prayer

    Judy Wharton

    Visual, creative, exciting ideas to encourage your children to pray. Fun and effective ideas for families, church, RE, camps, bringing an understanding and acceptance of prayer into their everyday experience.


    Judy has previous experience of 20 years as a Children`s Ministry Leader/Pastor including overseas training of children`s ministry workers, a valued team member on various mission trips connected with children & prayer. She also worked as a Teacher Aide with Special Needs children. Currently conducts workshops on encouraging and inspiring children to pray. Her passion is children, prayer & mission, which has enabled her to be involved with praying children around the globe!

    Rethinking Discipleship (part 2)
    Q&A with Naomi Swindon (LIVE)

    Naomi Swindon

    Put your burning questions to some seasoned practitioners.


    Naomi Swindon is a training specialist for SU Victoria with a lifelong focus on engaging, impactful youth work that embodies Jesus’ way and invites people on board. She loves a good laugh, justice and singing her heart out!

    Addressing Children’s Questions

    Terry Williams

    “Why didn’t God stop the tsunami?”, “Why did God let my mum die?” These big questions are just a sample of the many questions that children ask and need to find some answers for as they struggle to make sense of life and faith. How we respond and journey with children in the conversations that follow is of vital importance for children to grow in their understanding of God and their own faith.


    Terry trained and worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools before joining the staff team of Scripture Union Queensland, where he has worked for 37 years as a specialist in ministry with families and children. Terry’s passion is to help children to find and live out a lifelong faith in Jesus and to find the ‘life to the full’ that He provides as well as supporting families in their primary role in faith formation. Terry is married to Margaret and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.

    Leaving the Nest – Transitioning Young Adults

    Erica Skerman

    Growing up is hard work, especially when you are trying to figure out all this ‘adulting’ stuff. How do we help them do it? And also create a healthy, wonderful community for young adults to even thrive in within our churches?


    Erica has been involved with youth and young adults for over 5 years as a camp coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland and within her own church community.

    Cross Cultural Engagement

    Tim Fawssett

    Jesus was good with outsiders. He seemed to like and know how to engage really well with those who were different. And his time with them was often life-changing. Our modern society however struggles with differences. We live most comfortably in our own social, cultural, faith or social media bubble, and experience frustration that others can be so wrong. In this session we will explore the rich benefits of connection with, talking with, and nurturing healthy relationships with those of a different faith or culture. You will gain practical help in building stronger communities, one chat at a time.


    Tim Fawssett looks after Cross-Cultural Innovations at Scripture Union. From 2010-2017 he led a ministry called The Feast in multicultural Birmingham, England, helping equip Christian young people to engage with, love and share their faith with others of different faiths and cultures. Now Tim is taking this experience of vibrant engagement with “others” and exploring how it can inform and enrich ministry with SU and the local church.

    Mental Health & Spirituality (repeat)

    Bradon French

    Their own mental health is one of the biggest concerns of young people and their families. This workshop explores how our faith compels us to care for ourselves and our neighbour, and how creating safe spaces is an act of love and hospitality. We’ll also include a few buzz words, like resilience, climate anxiety, social media and #2020. We will ask some good questions, seek wisdom from sacred stories and modern experts, and learn why helping someone breathe might be our greatest gift.


    Bradon French is a husband, a father and a retired podcaster. When Bradon isn’t writing about himself in the third person, he is the Chaplain at Wesley College Glen Waverley in Melbourne. Bradon has worked for the Uniting Church in Australia in various youth ministry settings for the past 16 years. Despite this, he remains terrible at writing bios.

Further details about electives available at amplifyconference.com.au/hubs.
The three LIVE electives will be interactive and run on Zoom.

Wet Weather Plans (AKA Lockdown)

The event will run as planned irrespective of COVID related restrictions on gatherings. If your own team is not able to physically gather on the day (because of government limits or your own COVIDsafe plans), we encourage you to set up an all-day Zoom call with your team. You’ll then be able to share your screen for the pre-recorded sessions so you can still discuss and interact while watching. Consider breakout rooms for longer times of discussion. For the live electives, your team can all make use of the link that you’ll receive and individualy join the Zoom that we are hosting.

Contact

For enquiries around the Victorian hubs and electives email JulieCatton@adventist.org.au

More Information

Visit the central AMPLIFY website at amplifyconference.com.au