[ut_parallax_quote cite=”1 Peter 2:11-12″]Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the unbelievers that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.[/ut_parallax_quote] [ut_one_half] [ut_title_divider] Program [/ut_title_divider]
Time Description
08:30 – Registration
09:00 – Session 1 – Mark Baddeley: The Bible & Engagement (+Q&A)
10:45 – Morning Tea (Provided)
11:00 – Session 2 – Simon Smart: Challenges & Opportunities (+Q&A)
12:30 – Lunch (Not provided – head down to Kelvin Grove Urban Village)
13:45 – Session 3 – Simon Smart: A Method of Engagement (+Q&A)
15:15 – Afternoon Tea (Provided)
15:30 – Session 4 – Melinda Tankard Reist: Engagement & Advocacy (+Q&A)
17:00 – Close
[/ut_one_half] [ut_one_half_last] [ut_title_divider] About Each Sessions [/ut_title_divider][ut_tabgroup][ut_tab title=”Session 1″ id=”t1″] In this session Mark is going to going to explore the intersection of God’s grace and the movement of our society away from our Christian heritage, and towards what is perhaps a more hostile reaction to the message of the Gospel and Christians in general. What does God’s Word have to say about what we’re called to, what wisdom we’ll need in order to live lives that reflect who God has made us, and how that might look in a changing society.
[/ut_tab] [ut_tab title=”Session 2″ id=”t2″] This session will examine the public space into which Christians seek to speak and engage today, highlighting the challenges and obstacles present, and examining how we got to this position. We will seek to understand the context of 21st century Australia in order to communicate effectively with those we try to reach. Despite the obvious difficulties, we will also point to opportunities to engage the public square today, offering thoughts on why Christianity, properly understood, still resonates with Westerners today.
[/ut_tab] [ut_tab title=”Session 3″ id=”t3″] Drawing on the experience of CPX in the media, in this session we will consider a method of engagement that communicates a message of hope most suitable for the times and most likely to be heard. A posture of generous engagement and persuasion will be promoted as essential for effective communication and connection with contemporary Australia.
[/ut_tab] [ut_tab title=”Session 4″ id=”t4″] In our last session we want to hear from someone who engaging with the public and media on social issues. Melinda is the co-founder of Collective Shout, an author and speaker, and is best known for her work exposing and addressing the sexualisation of girls, objectification of women and violence against women and girls. We’re going to hear why and how she does it.
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