Cultivate is a conference that is committed to both training leaders for gospel ministry and discipling leaders so that you are growing as a follower of Jesus yourself. We believe being trained, equipped and discipled in a 4 day conference is the best way to prepare for a year of local ministry.
In 2023 you'll learn and practice a teaching tool that can be applied to any passage in scripture, be encouraged and fed by keynote speaker Al Stewart, and have your own faith invested in through seminars on leading a holy life.
All of this is done with peers who encourage and spur one another on throughout the week, from your church and other local churches as we're brought together by Jesus Christ.
Cultivate runs 3 strand groups for leaders at varying levels of leadership experience and confidence. Which means whether you're a brand new leader or you've been leading for years we have a strand that will give more tools for your ministry toolbox.
Strand 1 is the place to start, we focus on some principles of leading teaching moments, how to understand the Bible with the intent to teach, and how to faithfully apply a passage for today's context. We do this by working through a passage of the New Testament across the 4 days.
Strand 2 builds on Strand 1, we introduce Biblical Theology and focus on Kingdom and Promise as the we understand how the Old Testament is understood in the context of Christ. By looking at a passage in the Old Testament throughout the week you'll understand how salvation history is an important part for faithfully teaching the Old Testament.
Strand 3 is when you will learn how to teach specific topics and themes of scripture by using systematic theology. You'll learn and practice how to think theologically about various topics that may come up as you serve in ministry.
By the end of the conference, every delegate will have an opportunity to write a Bible Study or Talk with the support and feedback from their strand leaders.
Al Stewart is our keynote speaker in 2023. Al has a passion for church planting and is a former CEO of Youthworks, chair of the Katoomba Convention and Bishop of Wollongong. He's currently the national director of the Fellowship of Independent Churches. He is an active member at Vine Church in Surry Hills.
Cultivate runs a number of seminars throughout the conference which take a closer look at ministry skills, doctrine and personal holiness of a leader.
In 2022 the topics included Preparing Bible Talks, Building Better Relationships and Embracing God's Good Rest.
Subscribe to our youtube channel to get a look at previous years talks AND new ministry tools for your ministry toolbox being released throughout the year.
We're also excited to be exploring a mid-year one night only Cultivate event so keep an eye out for details coming soon!