Conference overload

We have spent the last week going to two Christian con­fer­ences and have come away invig­o­rat­ed, encour­aged, stretched, moti­vat­ed and all around hap­py.

The begin­ning of this week was NTE, the AFES National Training Event in Canberra. This was a con­fer­ence we both loved as under­grads, and when we heard that they invite Bible College stu­dents to go and help out we jumped at the chance. By far the high­light of the con­fer­ence for us was lead­ing a strand group. This was a group of stu­dents from Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga and Townsville and we got to teach them how to do Biblical Theology by look­ing at Micah 5:1–5a.

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We had a lot of fun teach­ing and see­ing our group grow in their under­stand­ing of the pas­sage and the Bible. It was a great affir­ma­tion for us, in terms of being able to put our stud­ies this year into prac­tice (par­tic­u­lar­ly for me, hav­ing stud­ied Micah and using a num­ber of the tools I learnt in class), real­is­ing again how much we enjoy teach­ing and train­ing oth­ers in how to read the Bible, and see­ing how we work togeth­er.

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We then drove up to Erina on the NSW Central Coast to go to Multiply 12, the nation­al con­fer­ence for the Geneva Push, a church plant­i­ng net­work. Having been a part of a church plant, and now part of a church that is mak­ing some big changes in a church plant­i­ng nature, we are pret­ty inter­est­ed in the idea of church plant­i­ng and were able to come to the con­fer­ence with some ques­tions and thoughts that we have been toss­ing around. It was also a real encour­age­ment to go from a con­fer­ence (NTE) where peo­ple were being chal­lenged to con­sid­er whether they were suit­ed to full-time paid gospel min­istry, to a con­fer­ence where peo­ple were start­ing out or well estab­lished in full-time paid gospel min­istry. The speak­er was Don Carson, and he was both spir­i­tu­al­ly encour­ag­ing and the­o­log­i­cal­ly stim­u­lat­ing, giv­ing us more oppor­tu­ni­ty to think about what to do with sec­ondary the­o­log­i­cal ques­tions that the Bible is qui­et on, and giv­ing us food for thought on the ques­tion of com­ple­men­tar­i­an­ism in our church­es and cul­ture. If you’re inter­est­ed the talks can be down­loaded here.

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We’ll now take a break from con­fer­ences because today we are cel­e­brat­ing our 5th Wedding Anniversary!! What a great 5 years it has been, and how excit­ing to be on the verge of a new path open­ing up before us. We are hav­ing a few days break in Sydney and the Blue Mountains before trekking back to Canberra for Christmas.

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