Refocus is a new conference about pastoral leadership. We aim to serve pastoral leaders (ministers and elders) and their wives, and those training for pastoral leadership (students and apprentices), especially in Presbyterian and Reformed churches. Each year we focus on one of the four sections of our comprehensive theological vision for the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW:
It is our hope that Refocus will leave you:
|8.30||Registration and Refreshments|
|9.00||Worship in Song|
|9.10||Welcome & Introduction to Refocus (Duncan Anderson)|
|9.15||Moderator’s Address (David Burke)|
|9.20||Introduction to the Women’s Ministry Facilitator (Anna Moss)|
|9.30||Keynote Presentation on Healthy Christians (John McClean) The Christian’s Toil Against Sin: Fighting Temptation While Secure in Christ (Kelly Kapic)|
|1.35||Following Christ in all of Life:
Tim Macready (Chief Investment Officer, Christian Super)
Fiona Wright (School Teacher, Penrith Anglican College)
Ian Denness (Former Missionary in Pakistan, Skin Cancer Doctor)
Consulting in Church Worship (Angus Gibb, Tumut Presbyterian Church)
Women’s Ministry (Carmelina Read, Chatswood Presbyterian Church)
Enabling Others to Follow Jesus in all of Life (Danny Ford, Petersham Presbyterian Church)
Habourside Presbyterian Church (Jamie Newans)
|4.25||Panel Discussion and Q&A|
|4.50||Worship in Song and Prayer|
The Case for Change Updated: 10 Urgent Challenges the PCNSW Must Confront Now (PDF) – Download
Kelly M. Kapic is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
He is the author or editor of over ten books, including Overcoming Sin & Temptation: Three Classic Works (2006), God So Loved He Gave (Zondervan, 2010), A Little Book for New Theologians (IVP Academic, 2012), and Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition (IVP Academic, 2013). Kapic will also be writing a volume for Theology of the Christian Life in the series, New Studies in Dogmatics (Zondervan).
John McClean is Vice Principal of Christ College, and teaches in the areas of Christian Thought focussing on Systematic Theology and Ethics.
He is the convenor of the Gospel, Society and Culture Committee of the Presbyterian Church of NSW and he writes a regular ethics column in the Pulse, the PCNSW magazine. He is married to Elizabeth, and they have two adult children.
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (Concord)
David will be talking about risk aversion, exhorting us to word ministry that shapes Christlikeness
PCNSW Women’s Ministry Facilitator
Anna is starting a new and strategic ministry to our wider denomination, having been involved in women’s ministry at Drummoyne for many years. We’ll have a chance to get to know Anna a little better, along with what her new role will involve for her and us.
John will be giving the first part of the keynote presentation focused on cultivating healthy Christians from our Theological Vision. Ordinary Christians make up the majority of our churches, their ordinary lives are the frontline of ministry in our post-Christian culture, and it’s our job to equip them to follow Jesus in all of life, not just at church.
Kelly will be giving the second part of the keynote presentation addressing the issue of fighting temptation while secure in Christ. Kelly will introduce us to the very practical concepts of mortification and vivification through the writings of John Owen, to help us live more effectively for Christ each day.
Orange Presbyterian Church
Robert will look at recent growth at Orange Presbyterian Church and their attempts to consolidate that growth through a focus on discipleship.
Redemption Hill Presbyterian Church
Jeremy will share key learnings from the first year of planting a new church in the fastest growing area in Sydney. In particular, he will reflect on empowering Christians to live for Jesus in the every day moments of daily life, and how small groups can be key structures that enable mission, discipleship, and pastoral care.
Hornsby Presbyterian Church
James will share how love is the key focus in cultivating healthy Christians as they relate to God, each other, Hornsby and the world.
Cherrybrook Presbyterian Church
Tim will be joining us on our panel discussion about following Christ in all of life
Winmalee Presbyterian Church
Fiona will be joining us on our panel discussion about following Christ in all of life.
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (Strathfield)
Ian will be joining us on our panel discussion about following Christ in all of life.
Tumit Presbyterian Church
Angus will share his desire to captivating our churches with a passion to sing with all their strength, to the glory of God.
Chatswood Presbyterian Church
Carmelina will tell us how a significant women’s ministry at Chatswood Presbyterian Church was built up over several years.
Petersham Presbyterian Church
Danny has a passion for enabling others in his church to live for Christ in all of life. This isn’t always easy when your church is full of musicians and shift workers who work strange hours, including weekends.
Habourside Presbyterian Church
Jamie will be sharing the story of Harbourside and how they have sought to cultivate healthy Christians in their context over past years.
Manly Presbyterian Church
Duncan is the new minister at Manly and will be our MC for the day.
Samantha will be hosting our new ‘Following Christ in all of Life’ segment.