Community Engagement 2017
You wouldn't believe what we're already doing.
Nationally ACC churches do an incredible job engaging their communities! There are so many stories across the 7 days a week of churches supporting, empowering and building strong relationships in their local communities. This conference is designed for you to share your stories easily, get inspired by what is already happening and to shift mindsets on how to relate to our local communities in a more engaging way.
Guest speakers include Glen Gerryn, Tim Costello, Lee Bromley, Claire Madden and Paul Bartlett.
With the $2 he had left from his disability pension, he started a Youth Centre in his hometown. At the time the city had very little to keep young people entertained and out of trouble. Through sponsorship and fundraising he developed a fully functional youth venue, with sporting, Internet and entertainment facilities. It quickly grew to having over 800 members. His efforts were soon recognised nationally as Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, Community Service in 1998.
Today he gets to meet and speak to people young and old across Australia and the globe.
Collectively he has spoken to over 500,000 people around the world. In 2012 he received international accreditation as a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). He’s spoken at world famous TEDx events, appeared on the Today Show and Can of Worms, ABC national radio, and written blogs for mamamia.com. He’s written four books — Gifted for Greatness, Men of Honour, Oxygen 102, Get Your Hopes Up.
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most recognised voices on social justice, leadership and ethics, having engaged in public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
Prior to joining World Vision Australia, Tim served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit service for the urban poor. Between 1999 and 2002 he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia. In 1993, he was elected as Mayor of St Kilda.
LEE BROMLEY is the chaplain at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre, Airds, and project manager of not-for-profit organisation Eternity Aid. She is a fun loving, easygoing, social person who values family, friendship and faith in a creator and oneself. She has a gift for being able to build a relationship of trust and safety with young offenders and encourage the positive and good that is in all young people.
Claire Madden is a social researcher, media commentator, keynote presenter, TEDx speaker, business consultant and founder and director of the strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity. Claire is in demand for her skill in effectively identifying the emerging trends and assisting business leaders to strategically respond to them.
Claire is on the board for a financial services company and on the Advisory Board of UTS Business School.
Paul and his wife Annette are senior pastors of Lighthouse in Wollongong. Paul is the national Community Engagement leader of Australian Christian Churches (ACC) which is focused on equipping over 1,000 churches to think and act differently regarding community transformation. In addition, Paul is the chaplain to the National Basketball League (NBL) team The Hawks.
Paul is passionate about empowering people to live lives of significance and helping churches to engage their communities.