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Videos & mp3's talks from our February 2014 conference ('Singleness, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in Ministry') are now available on the 'Papers & Talks' page of this website. 

The video & mp3 from our June 4 evening seminar on 'The Bible's attitude to rape' is now available on the 'Papers & Talks' page of this website. 

Notes from our 'Staying Healthy In Ministry' conference for women are now available on the 'Papers & Talks' page of this website. The talks were not recorded. 

EVENTS REMAINING FOR 2014 

The Priscilla & Aquila Centre is hosting evening seminars in 2014 for men & women.

Two of these will focus on passages and issues in the Old Testament that many of us find tricky for a whole range of reasons, and that are especially pertinent as we think through the ministries of women, and as we minister with women.

Both speakers on the Old Testament will (i) teach us what the passage means / issue is & (ii) raise potential pastoral issues and some ideas on how to best help people with these. 

The other seminar (September 17) will be a personal reflection on complementarianism in a ministry team. 

Who are these evenings for? Preachers, teachers of God's word, bible study leaders, youth group leaders, and Christians generally. It might be that you come as a bible study group together. 

Where & when? Main lecture theatre Moore College. Enter from the back, via Campbell Street, where it turns into a laneway. 

Registration & cost? PRE-REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY

$5 includes coffee + biscuits.

MAXIMUM CHARGE $50 FOR A CHURCH OR MINISTRY GROUP FOR ALL 3 SEMINARS (SO THE TOTAL ANY CHURCH/ GROUP WILL PAY IS $50 TO ATTEND FOR ALL 3 EVENINGS FOR AS MANY PEOPLE AS WANT TO COME), BUT YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW HOW MANY ARE COMING FROM YOUR GROUP FOR EACH OF THE SEMINARS.

YOU CAN REGISTER NOW FOR $50 AND THEN EMAIL JANE.TOOHER@MOORE.EDU.AU CLOSER TO THE DATE OF EACH SEMINAR WITH THE NUMBERS FROM YOUR CHURCH / MINISTRY GROUP. 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR TWO REMAINING EVENING SEMINARS, PLEASE CLICK HERE

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY

Timing of each evening? Coffee from 7:30pm. Talk to begin at 8:00pm. Finish at 9:15pm, including question time. 

1. SEPTEMBER 17. 'Complementarian Ministry Teams: A personal reflection from a lifetime of ministry(Speaker: Jonathan Fletcher, UK) 

2. OCTOBER 8. 'Eve the Mother of all the living' (Speaker: Peter Jensen) 

This seminar will look at how Eve is depicted in Genesis 1-5 and whether she is the source of evil.

2015 - TOPIC: BUILDING THE CHURCH AS MEN & WOMEN (1 Corinthians 11 & 14) 

Priscilla & Aquila Centre annual conference, Monday 2nd February, 2015. Main speaker: Danny Rurlander 

Registration will open Monday August 25, 2014. Pre-registration is necessary. 

Cost:

If register between August - October: 

Full-time worker - $80.00. Part-time worker / pensioner / MTS etc - $60.00. Moore College students & spouses - $40.00. 

Current serving CMS missionaries - no charge, but must pre-register. 

If register in November: 

Full-time worker - $100.00. Part-time worker / pensioner / MTS etc - $80.00. Moore College students & spouses - $60.00. 

Current serving CMS missionaries - $20.00. 

Registration closes Novemeber 30, 2014. 

This conference will focus on issues of preaching, teaching, & prophecy. We will also have 2 electives on women and church planting and a mix of other electives and you can see details of the electives below. 

Our main speaker will be Danny Rurlander who will give two talks on 1 Corinthians 11 & 14. 

Danny grew up in the north of England and come to Sydney to train at Moore College. After college he returned to the UK and is now the Senior Pastor of Moorlands Evangelical Church, Lancaster, a church he and a small team "re-started" from near closure in 2005 (http://moorlands.org.uk​​). He also teaches doctrine on the North West Ministry Training Course in Leyland. He is married to Emma and they have four children. 

            Danny Rurlander 

Electives for 2015 conference (more topic details to come later): 

Session 1 (choose 1) 

(i) Prophecy (Peter O'Brien)

Description: This elective will look at what prophecy is in the New Testament - who can do it and under what circumstances, and how it is different from teaching and preaching. It will not be looking at prophecy in the Old Testament.

Style: Academic lecture with time for questions. 

Peter is an Emeritus Faculty member of Moore where he was previously vice-principal and lectured mainly in New Testament. He is the author of a number of books including commentaries on Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians, and Hebrews. Earlier in his ministry he was on the faculty of Union Seminary in Yavatmal, India. 

            Peter O'Brien 

(ii) The role of team ministry in church planting, with special reference to women's roles in the team (Arthur & Anabelle Copeman & Cathy Young)

This elective will look at a church plant within a denominational structure - focusing mainly on the history of ANeW Church plant (Anglican) in Newcastle. We will especially talk about the roles that women have played in the church planting team. 

Style: Popular level with time for questions. 

Arthur attended Moore College in the 1980's. Since then Arthur and Anabelle have ministered across the Anglican diocese of Newcastle. They moved into Newcastle in 2011 to establish ANeW church, a church plant. Arthur is also the Archdeacon for Ministry Support in the diocese of Newcastle. Anabelle works as a Ministry Assistant at ANeW. They have 3 adult children. Cath Young is married to Jamie and they have two young boys. She works part-time for ANeW and New Lambton church. She has previously worked in student ministry in Wollongong, and parish ministry in Sydney and Canberra. 

            Cathy Young                             Arthur & Anabelle Copeman

(iii) Working well as a ministry team when there is gender imbalance (Bruce Morrison, Lisa Thompson, David Yung, Tom Harricks, Paul Webb)

St John's Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta, is multi lungual with congregations speaking Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, and English as well as a monthly Gujarat meeting. English congregations range from Youth to Traditional 8am and include poeple from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In this context Bruce, Paul, David, and Lisa work together with a high degree of trust and co-operation as a team covering the English language side of the ministry. Tom was associate minister at Parramatta but has recently become rector of Penrith. We'll be talking about how Lisa works with the men on the staff team, mixed teams, gender imbalance and assigning roles, particuarly roles for women in the team context. 

Style: Popular level with time for questions. 

              Bruce Morrison                              Lisa Thompson 

(iv) The role women can have in teaching children about God: 3 personal testimonies (Richard Chin, Kathryn Thompson, & Jane Lister)

Richard fathers 4 growing children and serves as the AFES National Director. His wife Bronwyn now enjoys paradise with Jesus after passing away with pancreatic cancer on Easter Sunday 2013. In this elective he will share his reflections of Bronwyn's role in raising their children through her suffering, and the influence other women have had in their lives both before and after Bronwyn went home to heaven. 

Kathryn is married to Mark who serves as the principal of Moore College. They have 4 school age girls. 

Jane is a former high school English teacher who now works as an AFES Senior Staffworker in Jesus' mission, alongside her husband Steve at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Jane thinks it's incredible how God's grace changes everything about living the Christian life, including parenting her two small children. Having first trusted in Jesus at the age of 5, she is so grateful that God continues to use parents to reveal himself to children. Jane will share her parenting journey so far and the lessons learned about giving her kids grace from Jesus. 

Style: Popular level with time for questions. 

    

           Jane Lister                                           Richard Chin 

Session 2 (choose 1) 

(i) Preaching & congregational leadership (Lionel Windsor)

Description: Among the important issues and questions that have been raised during recent debates about women and preaching, one that has received perhaps too little attention is this: What exactly is this thing we call a 'sermon' or 'preaching'? There has been a recent trend to separate the activity of preaching from this task of congregational leadership in both theory and practice. In this elective, we will explore the biblical foundations and historical understanding of preaching. We will see that preaching and congregational leadership are intimately connected to one another. Therefore preaching shouldn't ever be separated from questions of relationship, gender and authority. 

Style: Academic lecture with time for questions. 

Lionel is Assistant Minister at St Augustine's Anglican church, Neutral Bay in Sydney, and he lectures part-time in Greek at Moore College. 

           Lionel Windsor 

(ii) Being a church planter's wife (Emma Rurlander)

Emma will share what she has learnt as a woman, wife, and mother in beginning a new church in the North of England. 

Style: Popular level with time for questions. 

Emma spends most of her time being a helper to her husband Danny, and mum to their four children (ages 16, 14, 12, 10). As well as training her own children, she also loves pastoring female student leaders in the church family and meeting with women one-to-one. She teaches five and six year old part time and to relax enjoys running (slowly) with her daughters and long family meal times. 

            Emma Rurlander 

(iii) Working Together: Leadership, development, and accountability (Archie Poulos & Juliette Antoon)

This elective explores the issues to be considered in drawing up job descriptions and developing staff members. It will look and positives and negatives of some common methods. 

Style: Popular level with time for questions. 

               Archie Poulos                                            Juliette Antoon 

Archie heads up the Ministry Department at Moore College. He is married to Ainsley and they have 3 children. Juliette serves on the staff at St Michael's Cathedral Wollongong focussing on women's ministry, and as a chaplain at Moore College one day a week. She was previously involved in student ministry at the University of New South Wales. 

(iv) Women in up-front ministries besides the sermon (Dan Wu)

Much recent discussion about complementarian ministry has revolved around the giving of sermons. However, there are a range of up-front ministries and leadership in mixed-gender settings; youth ministry, Bible studies, service leading, song leading, 'niche'-ministries etc. In this elective, we'll explore how we can carefully apply a strong complementarian framework to foster fruitful and attractive patterns of up-front ministry for both men and women in a range of areas in serving Christ and his people. 
Style: High-level popular with time for questions. 

Dan joined the faculty of Moore in 2013 where he lectures in Old Testament, Hebrew, and Greek. He is married to Chrissie and they have 3 young boys. 

                     Dan Wu 

2016 

Our annual conference to be held on Monday February 1st will look at the topic of 'Submission'.

Moore College's principal Mark Thompson will give the two main talks (i) Jesus & submission (ii) The Christian and submission. 

Electives: 

(i) Abigail: was she submissive? (John Woodhouse). This elective will look at 1 Sam 25 and Abigail's relationship with her husband and with David. Is Abigail a model for women today? Did she undermine her husband? 

(ii) Domestic violence: a pastor's perspective (details to follow) 

(iii) Gender confusion: a pastor's perspective (details to follow) 

(iv) Submission in my life & ministry: a personal testimony (details to follow)