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 2019 we're exploring the role of the Spirit for discipleship in youth and children's ministry.
Dr David Höhne will deliver both papers on the person and work of the Holy Spirit:
The first paper will focus on how God works in the Spirit for Jesus to enable us to be saved in the first instance, but secondly, to show us what it means to ‘live like Jesus.’
The second paper will focus on how God works in the Spirit for the Church to give each of us a particular way of ‘living like Jesus.’
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.
David teaches theology and philosophy at Moore Theological College. His doctoral thesis was on the Holy Spirit and the Sonship of the Lord Jesus. He has recently completed a book on the coming Kingdom of God as the fulfilment of God’s promises to save through the Lord Jesus, soon to be published in the IVP Contours of Theology series.
Jon is the Senior Minister at Shellharbour City Anglican. He was previously a children’s and youth minister at Greenacre and, more recently, the Director of Youthworks Ministry Support with a focus on supporting and training leaders in the local church. Jon knows ministry to children and youth is both a joy and responsibility as we share the gospel with young people at a uniquely formative time of life.
Why this topic?
Because the Spirit empowers all life; because the Spirit enables our adoption into the family of God; because the Spirit is God's personal presence; and because the Spirit sanctifies the gifts of his confessing people to serve his people. So why not explore the role of the Spirit for discipleship in youth and children's ministry?
As you consider the role of the Spirit and your ministry, think about how you answer these questions:
What is the role of the Spirit in the formation of children and young people as disciples?
What are your expectations of the Spirit for the evangelism of children and young people?
What are your expectations of the Spirit for the diversity, giftedness and participation of children and young people?
How do you speak of the Spirit so that youth and children understand him and his work properly?
Day 1 - Monday, May 20
10:00 SESSION 1
11:00 DISCUSSION PAPER 1
13:30 TABLE DISCUSSION AND Q+A
15:00 AFTERNOON TEA
16:00 MINISTRY ELECTIVES
19:00 SESSION 2 AND BIBLE TALK
21:30 SUPPER AND FIRESIDE // NETWORKING AND CONVERSATIONS
Day 2 - Tuesday, May 21
09:00 DISCUSSION PAPER 2
10:30 MORNING TEA
11:00 TABLE DISCUSSION AND Q+A
13:30 FREE TIME
15:00 MENTAL HEALTH ROUND TABLE
19:00 SESSION 3 AND BIBLE TALK
21:30 SUPPER AND FIRESIDE // NETWORKING AND CONVERSATIONS
Day 3 - Wednesday, May 22
09:00 SESSION 4: THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
10:30 MORNING TEA
11:00 SESSION 5 AND BIBLE TALK // WRAP UP
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 second* 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. In 2019 we’ll focus on developing a culture of leadership growth within the ministry you serve. We’ll also touch on principles and practical tools for empowering leaders, nurturing successors and leading teams—both big and small.
How do you start and develop a culture of leadership development? And why is that even important?
What are some effective approaches to developing leaders?
How might you move beyond common stumbling blocks in leadership development?
* You do not have to have attended the previous years’ seminar to choose this elective
Training your leaders
Ed Springer & the Youthworks Ministry Support team
How do I create a logical and effective training program?
How do I put that training into action with consistency and effectiveness?
How can I train leaders to lead and train others?
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.
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.