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Super early bird registration $295

Register by 30 June, 2019 for this special rate.
This is a full-time only rate. Part time options will be available with early bird registration from October 2019.

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Papers only $20

Buy the papers from HOUSE 2018 or 2019

About HOUSE Conference

HOUSE Conference is about theological reflection for best practice in youth and children's ministry within a community of youth and children's ministers.

In 2020 we're exploring freedom, identity and how we can disciple young people to live in freedom.

Our papers will be delivered by the Rev Dr Lionel Windsor and the Rev Dr Andrew Errington.

Each day will include encouragement from God’s word, an opportunity to engage theologically and practically with one of the papers, and opportunities to workshop ideas and skills that will equip you as a ministry leader.

There will be plenty of time to connect and network with other people who are engaged in youth and children’s ministry in your region or state (or country) and opportunities to form new friendships and share wisdom.


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Speakers

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The Rev. Dr Lionel Windsor

The Rev Dr Lionel Windsor teaches New Testament, Greek and Hebrew at Moore Theological College. He completed a PhD in New Testament studies at Durham University in the UK in 2013. He has authored a number of scholarly and popular articles and is a prolific blogger.

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The Rev. Dr Andrew Errington

Andrew is the Academic Dean of St Mark’s National Theological Centre. He has been an ordained Anglican minister since 2012. He has worked in a range of parish contexts in Australia and Scotland. His doctoral research, at the University of Aberdeen, focused on practical reason and the structure of Christian moral thought, and looked at the works of Thomas Aquinas and Oliver O’Donovan, and the Book of Proverbs.



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Program

Day 1 - Monday, May 18

10:00 SESSION 1

11:00 DISCUSSION PAPER 1

12:30 LUNCH

13:30 TABLE DISCUSSION AND Q+A

15:00 AFTERNOON TEA

16:00 MINISTRY ELECTIVES

18:00 DINNER

19:00 SESSION 2 AND BIBLE TALK

21:30 SUPPER AND FIRESIDE // NETWORKING AND CONVERSATIONS

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 19

08:00 BREAKFAST

09:00 DISCUSSION PAPER 2

10:30 MORNING TEA

11:00 TABLE DISCUSSION AND Q+A

12:30 LUNCH

13:30 FREE TIME

15:00 MENTAL HEALTH ROUND TABLE

18:00 DINNER

19:00 SESSION 3 AND BIBLE TALK

21:30 SUPPER AND FIRESIDE // NETWORKING AND CONVERSATIONS

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 20

08:00 BREAKFAST

09:00 SESSION 4: DISCIPLING YOUNG PEOPLE TO LIVE IN FREEDOM

10:30 MORNING TEA

11:00 SESSION 5 AND BIBLE TALK // WRAP UP

12:30 LUNCH


Electives

This year there are two 90 minute practical ministry electives to choose from run concurrently on Monday afternoon. You have the choice to attend either:

The privileges and challenges of leading teams

Fiona Smartt, Executive Pastor — Development of Ministry and Leadership, CCIW Ashfield

The third* in a series of three electives on the privileges and challenges of developing leaders who use their personality, circumstances and gifting to serve joyfully in ministry. 

* You do not have to have attended the previous years’ seminars to choose this elective

TBA


Round table

On the Tuesday afternoon there'll be a special round table discussion on the issue of mental health in youth and children's ministry.

Mental health was identified as the top issue in Australia among young people aged 15-19 in the Mission Australia Youth Survey Report.


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Frequently asked questions

+ Why should I give up three days for HOUSE?

Because HOUSE provides a space to "learn how to fish" instead of simply "get a fish". That is, HOUSE invites you into a space to theologically reflect on your practice with your peers in youth and children's ministry, and the space to work out a way forward in your context. Most other conferences focus on models, skills, programs, and "how-to's". There's nothing wrong with that approach, HOUSE includes practical electives too, but HOUSE aims to deliver more. HOUSE encourages you to develop your professional skills in adapting and reflecting on your practice in your own context from year to year.

You should come because HOUSE will help you lead an effective youth and children's ministry that is theologically and biblically faithful, reflective, contextual, and growing disciples.

+ Will HOUSE be live streamed?

No. It is a deliberate objective for HOUSE conference that youth and children's ministers gather and confer together in person. You can read good theology in books, you can get practical tips for youth and children's ministry from podcasts, you can watch presentations on Youtube. But you only get the personal connection, the fellowship, and the shared community knowledge by turning up in person to be part of it. Why not take some time-out and come along?

+ What if I don't know anyone at HOUSE?

It is always a bit daunting coming to a conference when you don’t know anyone, but you’re coming to a conference with other like-minded youth and children’s ministers, and they love to hang out and chat about almost anything! There is opportunity on Monday night to network with other people around specific topics of interest in proximity to a fireplace and a hot cup of something. You can just turn up, join a topic group and start chatting away.

+ What if I’ve got loads of work to do and I need to carve out space to write a program or talk?

We’re all grown ups here, so you can carve out time wherever you like to do the work you need to do. There's at least 2 hours of free time each day and you can always choose not to do an elective. Just remember that this is a unique 3 day opportunity that doesn’t come around all that often and you want to make the most of it for your own wellbeing and the advancement of those you lead.

+ What if I don't want to do an elective?

After you register online, you'll be sent an email about electives closer to the date of the conference. If you don’t intend on going to an elective at HOUSE, you can, of course, elect not to (see what we did there?).

This will help our presenters to have a more accurate idea of what numbers they have, the group dynamics and what resources to provide. You are welcome to attend an elective you haven’t booked for while you are at HOUSE, but we cannot guarantee that you will have any of the resources that come with that elective.

In addition to these electives we hope to have a number of impromptu workshops that form resources in response to the sessions and papers that are presented. For example, in response to Justine Toh's paper, one group of like-minded people may gather to construct a framework that trains young people to discern what is true and could be used across various churches… or something like that. Who knows what will happen but it sounds exciting doesn’t it?!

+ What’s the “coffee” situation?

We have our own onsite speciality coffee provided by The Bearded Brewer! You can buy quality coffee served in all your favourite ways, so be sure to bring plenty of cash to feed your habit.

Of course you can still take the free option and use the site's instant machines or be “that guy” who brings his own beans, a hand grinder and an aero-press.

+ Where will HOUSE be located?

HOUSE will be at Deer Park and Chaldercot at Youthworks Conference Centres Port Hacking, Rathane Road, Royal National Park.

+ Further questions?

Contact Youthworks Ministry Support via the form below or call 02 8268 3355.


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