With 2022 just around the corner, new goals and new year’s resolutions are starting to take shape. Perhaps you might be drawn to learning more about the Bible and wanting to step into a ministry where you can teach and share the Good News. If this is you, then NextGen is the ideal training course to get you started for the new year ahead. Here are just five creative ways that you can maximise your learning and make the most of NextGen.
1. Train individually or in groups
While we recommend doing your NextGen training with others in a group and having a leader oversee the course, it is also possible for you to do it at your own pace in your own time with the help of a leader or minister.
If you’re wanting to be part of a group but your church isn’t offering a group training setting, you can reach out to other churches around your area and see if you can join them. Or you can contact the KCC office and we can help you partner with another church who would happily welcome you to join them.
If you’re looking to train individually but need some guidance with some tasks, talk to your Senior Minister or Pastor about catching up with you every now and then. Ask them if they’re willing to discuss some of the questions you have from the course or even help oversee your work to see if you’re on the right track.
2. Make a plan for how long you want to do your training
NextGen officially starts in January each year. As an online and on-demand course, this means you can do it anytime, anywhere, and complete as many of the short courses as quickly or as slowly as you like. You can do it your way, in five days or five months!
Think about your schedule for 2022 and set aside the right amount of time you need to adequately complete your training. NextGen has provided some sample programs and timetables, with examples on timings for an all-week training program or even a weekend only program, which you can access here.
3. Create a shortlist of workshops you want to complete
NextGen 2022 will feature 11 brand-new workshops designed to bring real-life application to the core materials, with useful, relevant skills and topics. For the first time at NextGen, your ticket will include access to all 11 workshops, so you’re not just limited to sticking with two.
Nevertheless, completing all 11 workshops can sound a bit daunting, and not all workshops may be relevant to your training goals. So, just like planning your schedule and how long you plan to train for, consider creating a shortlist of the workshops that you want to prioritise. Choose the workshops, however many or little as you want, that you want to complete over the course of your training and leave the rest to complete as a bonus when you have free time.
To see an overview of what workshops are on offer and who is presenting on them, visit https://nextgen.kcc.org.au/speakers/#titles
4. Grab some extra books and resources to further your learning
The NextGen training helps give you the right tools and skills to know the Bible and teach it well, but it’s equally important to have the right resources to complement your experience so you’re even more equipped.
When you purchase your ticket for NextGen, you’ll also have the option to add on a children’s or youth ministry book bundle (for $99 with free shipping!), filled with book titles to help you further your learning.
The Children’s Ministry Book Bundle includes:
The Youth Ministry Book Bundle includes:
5. Set goals for post-training
Your NextGen training shouldn’t stop immediately after you finish completing the course. Based on what you learnt, set some goals for putting it all into practise, or set goals for how to further your learnings. Are there workshops worth revisiting or workshops you haven’t yet watched that you can catch up on? Are there any books you need to read or purchase to complement your NextGen experience? Are there people you could meet 1 to 1 with to start the teaching process and build up confidence before moving into other areas of teaching ministry? Whatever goals you set after you finish training, look at how you can start developing the right building blocks so you can readily move onto the next core strand.
So, are you ready to become equipped in God’s Word, to learn the right tools to share the Bible well? Read more on what’s on offer for NextGen 2022, including information about our speakers, workshops and core strand materials.
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Register by the 6th December to receive your hardcopy strand booklet by 1st January 2022.
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Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC) is pleased to welcome and introduce the three keynote speakers confirmed at KYCK 2022! Get to know them here.
At KYCK 2022, our three speakers will be sharing from the Book of Philippians to teach youth groups about the theme ‘Joy’. Youth will be encouraged by the life of Paul, who although suffered much, was persecuted, and imprisoned for telling people about Jesus, he considered it pure joy because he knew he was being who God called him to be.
Want to know more? Check out the KYCK website for further details.
Meet Alan Au
Alan has been leading Captivate Presbyterian Church in North Ryde for the last 5 years. He’s married to Beatrice and they have three kids, JJ, Teddy and Harry.
Some little things that bring him joy are: deep frying, Brazilian jiu jitsu and pointlessly reorganising his desk. Bigger moments of overwhelming joy have been: marrying his crush from youth group, becoming a foster dad, and leading people to Jesus.
God used Philippians to transform Alan’s life as a young man and he’s praying with great anticipation for how God will work at KYCK in 2022.
You can get a taste of Alan’s teaching here: 1. Disruption - Am I in Control?
Meet Mike Dicker
Mike Dicker is a tradie who became the children’s and youth minister at All Saints Petersham in Sydney’s Inner West for 14 years. He’s currently Principal of Youthworks College in Sydney.
Mike loves Jesus, his wife Fi, and his 3 kids: Evie, Josie and Benji. He has a soft spot for graffiti, motor bikes, hardware, Pearl Jam, custom T-shirts, and AFL. He makes a habit of building stuff, telling stories, drinking coffee, doodling, going to concerts, watching movies, and he loves talking with others about life and hope in Jesus through his abounding grace and forgiveness.
Watch and listen to this Christian Youth Forum where Mike joins Ruth Lukabyo to discuss the challenges in a secular Australia: Christian Youth Forum: Challenges in a Secular Australia
Meet Daniel Leach
Daniel is the youth pastor at Narrabeen Baptist Church where he has worked for the past 8 years. Prior to this, his work experience included high school teaching and flipping burgers at Maccas, but he soon realised his passion was sharing the good news of Jesus with young people.
Daniel is married to Mia, his lovely and patient wife, and they have a bubbly one year old daughter, Audrey. They live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
For enjoyment Daniel sifts through denim at as many op-shops as he can. Other hobbies include running, the beach, learning French (oui oui), and scabbing free coffee from his brothers’ cafe.
Get a taste of Daniel’s teaching in this short devotional for youth (especially for year 12’s) on Hebrews 1: Year 12 Study Break Devotionals: Hebrews 1
Register for KYCK 2022 or Join the Waitlist!
We’re so excited that over 2,900 KYCKers are joining us in 2022 so far! Missed out on the first round of KYCK tickets? The good news is that we anticipate the easing of restrictions very soon and being able to announce that KYCK will be back to full capacity with a new release of tickets for sale! In the meantime, you can join our official waitlist for KYCKs #1 & #2 by emailing email@example.com or phoning 1300 737 140 — so you don’t miss out! Or consider attending KYCK #3 or KYCK #4 weekends that have tickets available.
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Earlier this month, KCC launched a new online series titled Leaders Stories – a free weekly interview series where leaders share how they discovered their personal weaknesses and the lessons learnt on how God strengthened them during their journey. In December, we will feature four new Leaders Stories each Wednesday at 12PM AEDT, which you can tune into on the Oxygen Facebook Page or on-demand on the KCC One App. Meet each of our interviewees below and mark the dates in your calendar!
Interviewee: Graham Hill, Principal of Stirling Theological College (University of Divinity), Melbourne
Date: Wednesday 1st December, 12PM (AEDT)
Event details: https://fb.me/e/2kaK7nL3n
Graham Joseph Hill is the Principal of Stirling Theological College (University of Divinity) in Melbourne, Australia. His author website is www.grahamjosephhill.com. Graham has planted and pastored churches and been in theological education for over twenty years. He is the author or editor of ten books including "Holding Up Half the Sky", "Hide This in Your Heart" (co-authored with Michael Frost), and "Healing Our Broken Humanity" (co-author with Grace Ji-Sun Kim). Graham also directs TheGlobalChurchProject.com.
In this upcoming interview, Graham shares his struggles with alcoholism in the early days of his pastoral ministry. Graham also shares the process of how he overcame his addiction, the power of community in experiencing God’s presence, and some steps you can take if you’re struggling with an addiction.
Interviewee: Russell Smidt, Senior Minister, New Life Presbyterian Church
Date: Wednesday 8th December, 12PM (AEDT)
Russell Smidt serves as senior minister of New Life Presbyterian Church in Gungahlin (ACT). He loves running and cycling around Canberra, kayaking on the Murrumbidgee River, and watching his four sons play AFL.
Interviewee: Judith Calf, CMS Missionary
Date: Wednesday 15th December, 12PM (AEDT)
Judith has spent more than 30 years in cross-cultural work. Initially in her profession as a Community Nutritionist, but for the last 23 years serving with CMS-Australia in mission work. As a Bible School teacher and principal, she has taught many pastors and evangelists in Tanzania. She has also taught at the CMS training college, St Andrew's Hall, and served in a leadership position, Mission Personnel Secretary, selecting, managing and caring for missionaries on their locations around the world. Currently serving in NW Tanzania, Judith is passionate about teaching God's word. Living and serving as a single woman has deeply enriched her life, and Judith often challenges many of the myths and misunderstandings the Christian community has about single life.
Interviewee: Caz Morton, Children's and Youth Minister, All Saints Nowra
Date: Wednesday 22nd December, 12PM (AEDT)
Caz Morton currently resides in the Shoalhaven. She joined the All Saints Nowra team at the end of 2020. Caz worked in the fashion industry before deciding to study at Youthworks College & has worked in a number of different churches. When not at work, she is at Pilates, taking photos in various locations, or helping at a thrift store.
Catch up on Past Leaders Stories
Did you miss out on our Leaders Stories during November? You can catch up on all our interviews below on our Oxygen Facebook Page or the KCC One App!
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KEC 2022 marks the 60th year of the annual family retreat. For decades, KCC have welcomed families and generations to spend the Easter long weekend in the beautiful Blue Mountains and grow together in their faith. So, after a two-year hiatus, KCC is thrilled to invite you and your family to join us again in the mountains, with plans underway to make KEC 2022 a memorable and wonderful experience for you as we celebrate our 60th anniversary.
Registrations for KEC 2022 are now open, offering hybrid ticket options that allow adults to attend parts of the program onsite while livestreaming the rest. A full livestream weekend option is also available for those who prefer more flexibility in viewing the program over the Easter long weekend. Families can also expect the all-ages children’s programmes to return onsite as normal.
With the KEC 2022 starting from Good Friday morning to Easter Monday lunch, delegates can expect the weekend to be filled with:
KCC is always encouraged to hear how families set time aside every year to enjoy KEC together, with many enjoying the tradition of visiting the mountains for as long as 20 years! We hope the following testimonies will inspire you to come and celebrate 60 years with us in 2022:
“We have attended KEC for approximately 20 years during childhood years of our 3 kids, last one this year in senior high year 12. We benefit from the cross generational family time and learned platform bible teaching. We come to be fed for life and ministry back in our church and world. The key to our personal growth has come from the challenges and depth of bible teaching from learned wise in life experience speakers, evangelical gospel focussed men of faith. Thank you KEC for your commitment and ministry to us.” – KEC2019 Delegate
“My husband and I have been coming to KEC every year since we were married in 2005. We have had four children in that time and each of them have spent every Easter at KEC. It's such a blessing for our whole family. Although in their younger years our children have been reticent about attending the kid's programs, as they've grown, they look forward to being reunited with their once-a-year friends and participating in the programs. It's so wonderful to be reflecting on Jesus as we remember his death and resurrection in a special way over Easter.” – Naomi
“For 15 years or more, we have benefited from the preaching of God’s Word at KEC. Our children (now all adults) have grown up through the children’s and youth programs and two of them are now serving faithfully in their churches. For us, it has been an annual opportunity to be refreshed and revived spiritually as we “give out” in our small country church all year round.” – KEC2018 Delegate
“I like the teaching, the opportunity to take my kids camping but also for them to experience Katoomba Conventions as I have done on and off over last 20 years.” – Dawn
Register Your Family for KEC2022 and Join the Celebration with Us!
Katoomba Easter Convention is an annual retreat for the whole family. It is a fantastic way to spend Easter as a family or with friends, soaking in God’s word and grow in your walk with Jesus together.
In order to comply with health orders and ensure as many people can attend KEC, delegates will be offered one of three options for the adult program. This includes:
Celebrate 60 years of KEC with us and click here to register today or visit the KEC website for more information.
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NextGen 2022 will feature 10 brand-new workshops from subject-matter experts, with topics ranging from engaging kids and teens with disabilities to learning the spiritual formation of a leader. For the first time at NextGen, the ticket will include access to all the fantastic workshops. Register today to complete your NextGen 2022 training and access these world-class workshops.
These brand-new workshops will be accompanied by plenary Bible-talks from keynote speaker, Kit Barker, who will be presenting four sermons and unpacking the Book of Psalms. Also new for NextGen, Kit will be taking delegates in a behind-the-scenes tutorial on how he developed his sermon.
Introducing the NextGen 2022 Workshops and Facilitators
NextGen’s workshops have been designed to bring real-life application to the core materials with useful, relevant skills and topics. Here’s a sneak peek into what delegates can expect from NextGen’s workshops:
1. Engaging all Learners to Engage with God: Including Kids and Teens with Disability with Louise Gosbell
This workshop will provide you with practical tips and strategies for including kids and teens with diverse skills and abilities in kids and youth programs, especially kids/teens with disability and those who are neuro-atypical (on the autism spectrum). The workshop will address a biblical rationale for inclusive practices and discuss what churches and individuals can do to better support these families.
2. Reaching Gen Z with Shelley Ligtermoet
In this workshop, you will be equipped and empowered with the knowledge and tools to be able to identify the key needs of Generation Z in order to maximise your impact for this next generation for the Kingdom of God.
3. Foundations of Youth Ministry with Mike Dicker
In this workshop, Mike will present on the foundations of Youth Ministry that will help you start and continue an effective youth ministry for whatever context you’re in.
4. From the Bible to a Kids’ Talk with QuizWorx
With their 20+ years of practical experience in children’s ministry combined with their unique creativity and flair, QuizWorx’s practical workshop will unpack the most important steps needed to take a Bible passage and turn it into an engaging and faithful Kids’ Talk or lesson.
5. Spiritual Formation of a Leader with Graham Stanton
In this workshop, you will think about the specific challenges to spiritual life and health faced by Christian leaders, and make plans for how to pursue practices that keep us connected to the presence and promises of Christ.
6. Intergenerational Ministry with Stuart Crawshaw
Stuart has been practicing, speaking and writing about intergenerational ministry since 1992. He will assist you to think about the importance of intergenerational ministry and how to build significant and purposeful interactions between generations.
7. Foundations of Children’s Ministry with Tim Beilharz
In this workshop, you will explore the biblical foundations for passing on the faith to children, as well as the basic principles that ground an effective children’s ministry in the local church.
8. Mental Health 101 with Trinette Stanley
This workshop will provide guidance and practical tips on your role in supporting kids and youth with mental health struggles and illnesses, as well as a discussion on the importance of a holistic approach.
9. Connecting Teenagers with George Statheos
The purpose of this workshop is to reflect on how best to connect teenagers in their Christian journey. George will help you be equipped with tools to help youth make transitions in life from one group to another and ultimately be active members in their local church.
10. Action: The Practical Side of the Gospel in the Community with Matt Gelding
In this workshop, you will think through questions about what it can look like for our youth to be serving like Jesus does in their local community. You’ll look through the Bible and some examples in the last 20 years in NSW on how you can apply this to your own context.
For more information and details on workshops and workshop facilitators, visit https://nextgen.kcc.org.au/speakers/
Register now for NextGen 2022
Hosted by Katoomba Christian Convention, NextGen exists to train individuals who want the tools to know and share the Bible well with others. For $85 ($17 per day!), you’ll get all the NextGen material including all-new Bible talks and brand-new workshops, as well as resources to help with your training. Access to content will be made available by mid-December 2021. Why not kickstart 2022 with your ministry team and commit to getting trained up together? To register, visit https://bit.ly/3CaIMH2 or visit the NextGen website for more information.
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With registrations now open for NextGen, KEC and KYCK, KCC is excited to see many groups taking up the opportunity gather together at our events to explore God’s Word. So, after a restricted and isolated year, why not plan your 2022 event calendar and encourage one another in the Word of God? Whether you gather as groups in person in the mountains or gather in the comfort of your home to livestream our events, KCC welcomes you to come together as ‘All One in Christ Jesus’, spur each other on in faith and help to keep this Bible-preaching ministry going.
As we look forward to 2022, KCC is excited by the opportunities ahead for in-person and livestream events to enable all types of groups to meet and gather together in whatever format or way works for them.
The online DIY format of NextGen in January means groups are not limited by distance, accessibility or time to be able to complete their training. This was a real benefit earlier this year for the Refresh Summer Camp, where the group took the opportunity to complete the NextGen training and learn how to teach the Bible together.
“We held our first Refresh Mentors Training Camp last week in lieu of hosting our annual youth camp due to COVID. Despite these circumstances out of our control, we knew God is in control and good so we nervously prepared with great expectations! It was indeed a paradigm-shifting week being trained in character, convictions and competence under God's Word. We left camp feeling challenged, encouraged, equipped and spurred on to keep living a life of service to God and to others! Appreciated our timely collab with NextGen this year!" – Refresh Summer Camp
Youth groups will also have the benefit of gathering as groups with the return of KYCK in 2022 in Katoomba and also via livestream. With registrations now open, we’ve been encouraged by the hundreds of churches and groups booking in their place and gearing up to learn more from the Book of Philippians.
It’s especially encouraging to hear how KYCK plays a huge part in a church’s youth group program for the year, as one Youth Leader shares after attending KYCK earlier this year:
“We usually see Term 1 and KYCK as a phase of "gathering" the youths, and then after the clear gospel talks at KYCK we then go onto growing and training them in Term 2 and 3.”
Although KCC events haven’t quite been the same in the past two years, what has been encouraging to us is the way groups have creatively initiated gatherings to enjoy the conventions together. We’ve enjoyed reading how group gatherings, whether in person or virtual, has edified and strengthened individuals in their faith.
“It was wonderful to be able to experience OneLove with the other women in my family at home as it encouraged us to have deeper conversations about life and faith - and holiness!” – Sarah, OneLove 2021 Delegate
“I was able to sit with my mates and share some great teaching and fellowship afterwards. We were able to have some good discussion around the masculinity topics.” – Graeme, BASECAMP 2020 Delegate
Our hope for 2022 is that groups will continue this trajectory of finding innovative ways to meet together and keep spurring each other on in their faith. As we open our Katoomba convention centre again, improve our digital platforms and welcome groups to gather together, we hope many more can be transformed by Jesus Christ through the ministry. So, invite your friends along to our upcoming KCC events, purchase your tickets and start planning for an encouraging and uplifting 2022 ahead!
How You Can Help Grow this Ministry
Whilst things are looking positive for 2022 events, in reality it has been a tough two years for KCC financially. The past two years in COVID-19 has cost the ministry over $1,000,000 in lost accommodation revenue, refunds and other impacts.
We have been enormously thankful for our supporters and donors who have already given generously and are always watchful in asking more from you than we already have. We are also thankful for our regular supporters and delegates who invited friends to our livestream events and introduced KCC to a new audience. This allowed us to increase and grow the ministry beyond Katoomba.
Inviting friends and encouraging group gatherings is a wonderful way you can help grow this ministry and keep our conventions going. But there are two more ways you could help us this year:
Give now at www.kcc.org.au/give
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KCC’s NextGen is excited to welcome Dr Kit Barker to the platform as next year’s keynote speaker to help give individuals the tools to know and share the Bible. Get to know more about Kit here!
At NextGen2022, Kit Barker will be preaching on and unpacking the book of Psalms. In addition to four powerful Bible talks, Kit will be taking delegates through a ‘behind-the-scenes' look at the book, a new segment introduced for NextGen that helps delegates to understand the process for breaking down and understanding the Bible.
Kit teaches Old Testament at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. When he’s not at college, he’s with his family on the Northern Beaches of Sydney where he spends his down time fishing and surfing. Kit also serves on the leadership team at Narrabeen Baptist Church.
You can get a taste of his teaching here:
1. Video Teaser: Different Ways of Facing Suffering – Kit Barker – Onward DEEP DIVE
At Onward Youth Conference 2021, Kit was invited to share a DEEP DIVE and instructional talk that answers the question of how God wants His people to express their sorrow and grief.
2. Bible Talk: SMBC Principal’s Hour – Safety Not Guaranteed (Daniel 7:1-28)
How should we respond when faced with threat and uncertainty? What can we expect as God's people, awaiting the return of Jesus? In this Bible Talk, available as audio or video, Kit looks at Daniel 7, which affirms our experiences and shapes our expectations.
3. Bible Talk: Deconstructing God: Violence in the Old Testament
Kit is invited to Anchor Church Sydney to continue sharing on the Deconstructing God teaching series.
4. Devotional: James 3:13-18
Kit shares a short devotional on wisdom from James 3:13-18 at Narrabeen Baptist Church. In these verses, Kit shares what kind of person godly wisdom creates and what it looks like to live a life of wisdom.
Register and Join NextGen 2022 Online
NextGen 2022 registrations are now open so you can start planning your ministry training in the new year at your own pace, whether you complete the course over five days or five weeks.
For $85 ($17 per day!), you’ll get all the NextGen material including all-new Bible talks and brand-new workshops, as well as resources to help with your training. Access to content will be made available by mid-December 2021.
You’ll come out of NextGen:
Register now at https://bit.ly/3CaIMH2 or visit the NextGen website for more information.
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With Christmas fast approaching and the season of giving drawing near, we know many people are considering the perfect gift worth giving to friends and loved ones. KCC would love for you to consider gifting someone the opportunity to attend a KCC event as the Christmas season draws near – or perhaps gift a ticket just for encouragement after a difficult year. With registrations opening for many of our events, purchasing a registration ticket for a loved one can help spur on their walk with God!
The biggest encouragement to us is hearing stories from people who have had their faith and lives impacted by attending a KCC event. Stories of coming to faith, of families and friends growing together, and the impact of gathering with other Christians to be refreshed, refocused, and renewed.
In the past two years, we’ve seen so many delegates benefit from a gifted ticket and tuning into KCC livestream events, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to personal circumstances.
For some, like Anthea, chronic illness has always been a hindrance from attending an in-person event. Last year, a friend graciously gifted her a ticket, enabling her to join online, with the hope of doing so with more events in the future:
“I’ve always wanted to attend OneLove but due to chronic illness have never been able to go. A strange blessing of these COVID times meant the format changed to Livestream, which meant I could attend from my couch - what a gift from God and from my friend who generously sponsored me.” – Anthea, OneLove2020 Delegate
Physical distance has also been a challenge for some. The livestreamed events were also enjoyed by those living overseas, many of whom were gifted tickets to attend.
KCC also recognises that physical distance can be a challenge for our own delegates living in regional cities. For many youth groups in country and regional areas, the Country KYCK Bonus has been a wonderful gift to them to be able to afford to come to KYCK. We’ve been encouraged by the response of delegates and regular donors who continue to donate and give to the Country KYCK Bonus, enabling our country youth the opportunity to hear the Gospel:
“I love everything about KYCK and I would love people from regional areas to be able to experience this amazing weekend.”
“Country kids need support now more than ever – thank you for helping them come and be part of great teaching and fellowship.”
“I have been blessed to come to KYCK for the last 5 years and I hope that this [donation] can help a teen to come to know our Lord and Saviour!!”
No matter the circumstance, if you know someone in need of some hope and strength in this season, why not gift them a day spent filling their tanks with God’s Word and encouragement from fellow Christians? For all 2022 events, you can purchase a ticket for a friend or family member who has never been to a KCC event so they can also be encouraged in their spiritual journey. Or why not gift a ticket for your non-Christian friends so they can hear and respond to the gospel? Plus, you can gift a ticket whether the event is in-person or livestreamed!
You can start gifting tickets or donate to the following events now:
How Your Ticket Gifting Helps KCC
The past two years in COVID-19 has cost the ministry over $1,000,000 in lost accommodation revenue, refunds and other impacts. We have been enormously thankful for our supporters and donors who have already given generously and are always watchful in asking more from you than we already have.
Gifting a ticket for a friend is a wonderful way you can help keep this ministry and our conventions going. But there are two more ways you could help us this year:
Give now at www.kcc.org.au/give
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Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC) is starting a series of interviews with people in ministry called Leaders Stories. Coming to the Oxygen Facebook channel weekly from Wednesday 10th November, this series will focus on stories of discovering personal weakness, lessons learnt about God's strength and the journey for how this happened for people.
Hosted by LT Hopper, the Leaders Stories series aims to get personal with everyday leaders to talk about how it is only through the understanding and discovery of our weaknesses do we truly discover God’s strength.
LT shares some of the inspiration for kickstarting this series:
We can learn a lot from hearing the stories of others. A.J Swoboda in his book, “The Dusty Ones”, says this: “I’ve learned the most about following Jesus from those with the greatest failures.”
LT also shares that much of this was the same for Jesus as well, reflecting on the way that Paul talks about Jesus in Philippians 2:6-9 (NIV):
Who, being in very nature God,
The Leaders Stories series is set to premiere every Wednesday at 12PM AEDT on the Oxygen Facebook Page. Each interview features 20-30 minutes of content so you can sit back and listen during your lunch break. Can’t join on the day? You can rewatch the interviews on-demand or watch and listen on the KCC One App.
Mark Each Interview in Your Diary
Check out our line-up of upcoming interviews in November and save the date. Plus, more to come in December!
Interviewee: Natalie Ray, Senior Assistant Minister at NorthLight Anglican Church
Date: Wednesday 10th November, 12PM (AEDT)
Event details: https://fb.me/e/152uelG44
Natalie is a Senior Assistant Minister at NorthLight Anglican Church. Natalie became a Christian in her late teens from a background of new age spirituality and witchcraft. Since then, Natalie has served in churches in Canada and Australia, completing Bachelors and Masters degrees at Moore Theological College. Natalie is married to Jason and is mum to two primary-school aged boys. Natalie is passionate about helping people to understand and love the Bible, and to know the Lord Jesus who is revealed therein.
Interviewee: Kurt Peters, Minister at St Matt’s, Botany
Date: Wednesday 17th November, 12PM (AEDT)
Kurt Peters is a husband, father, pastor, counsellor, ministry coach and pastoral supervisor. He is currently pastoring St Matts in Botany. In addition, he provides pastoral supervision for Christian ministry workers throughout Australia and the world. He was the co-founder of Biblical Counselling Australia and is currently a special advisor to the board. He is also a current board member of Restore Ministries. Kurt was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinsons disease in Feb 2018. Since that time Kurt has been learning from Jesus what it looks like to minister through weakness. You can find out more about his Pastoral supervision through: www.ministrysupervisor.com.au
Interviewee: Belinda Lakelin, Evangelism Consultant for the Baptist Association of NSW and ACT
Date: Wednesday 24th November, 12PM (AEDT)
Belinda works as the Evangelism Consultant for the Baptist Association of NSW and ACT, where it is her job to equip, inspire and resource churches to be able to share Jesus. In addition, she also works as the "PLAN A" consultant for Gymea Baptist Church, and a "BDC" Coach for Crossway Baptist. When Belinda is not teaching others how to share their faith, she tries to practice what she preaches in her neighbourhood where she is invested in loving her neighbours. Belinda and her husband Tim, have the delight of raising four children of whom they are immensely proud.
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Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC) is excited to welcome back youth groups to the Blue Mountains for KYCK 2022. With three huge weekends in April, one in September plus one livestream weekend, we’re ready to see over 6000 youth gathering together to be encouraged by God’s Word from the Book of Philippians. Registrations for tickets and accommodation will open next week on Tuesday 9th November 2021.
In 2022, youth groups will be learning about joy through the Book of Philippians. The Book of Philippians is ultimately about joy, but joy can look different in various situations. We see the party pink colours, happy moments of life, times at KYCK, which are joyful. But living for Jesus can be tough, we can suffer greatly in this life standing up for Him. The Apostle Paul suffered much, was persecuted, and imprisoned for telling people about Jesus, but he considered it pure joy because he knew he was being who God called him to be!
Unpacking the theme of joy will be three keynote speakers – Alan Au (Captivate Presbyterian Church, North Ryde), Mike Dicker (Principal, Youthworks College Sydney) and Daniel Leach (Narrabeen Baptist Church). You can read more about our speakers here.
KYCK 2022 is spread across multiple weekends in the April school holidays and one in September. Dates for KYCK 2022 include:
With each program starting from Friday night to Sunday lunch time, KYCK 2022 will feature:
Limited tickets will be available for each weekend in order to comply with current health orders and restrictions. So, mark your calendars and be quick to register on Tuesday 9th November at 9:30AM to avoid missing out.
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KYCK is a conference for high school students where youth gather in the Blue Mountains to hear God speak in His Word and be challenged and equipped from the Bible to boldly live the Christian life. Registrations for KYCK 2022 open online on Tuesday 9th November at 9:30AM, including limited accommodation options. To book accommodation at our StayKCC sites, you can book this online or call the KCC office on 1300 737 140.
In 2022, you can also help make a difference and have the option to donate to KCC. When you buy your ticket, you can make a donation to contribute to the Country KYCK Bonus. Please consider making a gift before you check out – every gift will make a huge difference to your brothers and sisters in Christ through this ministry!
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