Children & Families Ministry April 2019

NSW & ACT Children & Families Ministry Update – April 2019

Welcome to the April 2019 Children & Families Update!



 1.       Deep Talk Taster                      April 2   5.45pm-8.30pm                Manly

Deep Talk takes a number of Godly Play principles and some Godly Play stories—along with some new stories—and adapts these for a spiritual process suitable to secular and religious settings, to help groups work through issues or challenges, or consider their organisation’s vision or mission. Deep Talk has been used in Finland in secular and church contexts usually with existing adult teams (such as a staff team).

More information: Deep Talk Taster

2.       Children & Families Ministry: Core Issues – Jul 11-13, 15-17                Parkville, Melbourne

Offered as part of Australia’s only dedicated Children & Families Ministry Award (ie. the Graduate Certificate in Children & Families Ministry), this University of Divinity intensive unit (Jul 11-13, 15-17) is an excellent professional development opportunity for ministers, pastors, chaplains and those employed or deeply engaged in ministry with children and their families. Areas explored include the theological, developmental and methodological resources for contextual children and families ministries across the spectrum of Australian church based, community based and para-church expressions. Addressing the theology, spirituality and sociology of the child in relation to family, church, faith, culture, technology, history and philosophical discourse, the unit develops critical skills for evaluating and designing robust, contextual processes for discipleship, pastoral care, safe practice, mission and leadership with families. For more information e-mail

Nb. The intensive format makes participation more possible (compared to a weekly unit) for those outside Victoria. In addition, on-site accommodation (for those that book early) is available at Maclean House.

3.      Final Lent & Easter Resources for 2019

Nb. See previous Updates for more ideas

4.       Parenting and Faith

Faith 5

5.       Some Practical Resources

6.       From Christina Embree (Refocus)

7.       Via InterGenerate (Aus) Conference

Pre-Reading (via Dropbox) included…

  • Intergenerationality: Biblical and Theological Foundations (Alan Harkness)
  • Exploring Intentional Intergenerational Environments (Tammy Tolman)
  • Intentional Intergenerationality (Chris Barnett)
  • More than Worship, More than Sunday (UCA)

8.       A VERY Eclectic Mix

9.       Highlighted Opportunities

·         Highlighted National Event

Jun 11-14             Leaders to Go

Australia’s premier conference for leaders of leaders of ministry with children and their families! Please save the dates and keep an eye out for more info.

Featuring: Facilitated in-put, Workshops, Market place and expo, live-in community, individual retreat, creativity, small groups, worship and reflection, prayer and networking and more!
Venue: The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops, NSW
Dates: 11-14 June 2019
Times: 2.30pm Tuesday – 1.30pm Friday

 Highlighted International Event

Aug 1-3                 IAYSM Australasian Conference (Auckland)

The Australasian Regional conference of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM)  gathers people involved in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry as teachers, lecturers, researchers or thoughtful practitioners across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to Christian ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

Chris Barnett

Children & Families
Centre for Theology and Ministry
29 College Cres Parkville 3052
t  (03) 9340 8806  | f  (03) 9340 8805
e  Chris.Barnett “at”


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