Connect Ministry Training Conference
to Sep 30

Connect Ministry Training Conference

Every year at Connect Training Conference, churches across Melbourne and interstate gather to connect with God's word and each other.

Over three days and two nights, over 200 Christians hear the Bible faithfully and systematically preached. In parallel with the main sessions, you'll be trained in strand groups to unpack the Bible and teach it to others.

Most importantly, CTC is an opportunity for the people of God to gather around his word, build each other up in love, and express gospel unity in the church – the epicentre of God's purposes in the world.


This year, Connect Ministry celebrates 10 years of gospel ministry in Melbourne. It was founded to help local churches equip their leaders of today, find leaders for tomorrow and sustain them for life-long ministry. To that end, we have held a number of leadership conferences, day conferences and our flagship annual training conference. Over this time, God has graciously used us to equip hundreds of Christians to faithfully teach the Bible. Not only have many become more faithful leaders in their churches, some have even given up their careers to become full-time gospel workers. We are therefore realising our vision, but there is much work still to be done.

So, we would like to invite you to join us for our 10th Connect Training Conference with Mike Raiter this year. Mike was our first conference speaker back in 2009. At that time, he spoke from Luke’s Gospel. This year, we thought it apt to have him return for this milestone occasion as we consider what it means to be blessed from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’ Gospel. 

Theme: Blessed

Jesus begins the most famous sermon ever preached with the word, “Blessed”. The Sermon on the Mount is a powerful, penetrating and challenging exposition of the character of the Christian life. It tells us who we are as disciples of Christ. Jesus shows us the differences between a true and a phoney disciple, and the life and death consequences of being one or other.



Mike is the Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching based in Melbourne, which trains people across Australia and the world in Biblical preaching. He spent 11 years as a missionary in Pakistan. He taught at Moore College before becoming Principal of Melbourne School of Theology.

He’s married to Sarah and they have four adult children. He is the author of numerous books including the 2004 Australian Christian Book of the Year, Stirrings of the Soul, The Songs of the Saints with Rob Smith, and Shadows of the Cross.

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Ridley Preachers' Conference
to Aug 22

Ridley Preachers' Conference


The Story of God: Preaching Old Testament Narrative

Annual Preachers' Conference

21-22 August 2018

Two day conference, concluding at 3:30pm on Wednesday 22.

Speakers: Paul Barker, Murray Capill and Mary Lewis

This is the Annual Preachers’ Conference for Ridley College, a training conference on preaching God’s word to minds hearts, wills and lives.

The 2018 Conference will be held on site at Ridley College across two days.

About the Speakers

Paul Barker trained as an actuary before studying theology at Ridley College, and completed a PhD in Old Testament in England.

His church service in Victoria includes serving as a curate in the Parish of Cranbourne in Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor, as Vicar of Holy Trinity Doncaster, an Examining Chaplain, Archdeacon of Box Hill and Visiting Lecturer at Ridley College.

He was with the Church Missionary Society based in Malaysia, teaching in Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, as well as being a Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament and Preaching in various seminaries in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. From 2014-2016 he was also the Asian Regional Coordinator for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholar Care, training preachers throughout Asia.

Paul was consecrated in November 2016 as Assistant Bishop for Jumbunna, part of the diocese of Melbourne comprising the outer southern and Eastern suburbs.

Murray Capill is Principal of Reformed Theological College. He is originally from New Zealand where he pastored a church in Auckland for 10 years. He came to Australia in 2001 to teach part-time at the College and continue in pastoral ministry in the CRCA. Since 2006 he has taught practical theology full-time and in 2008 he became the Principal. He is the author of Preaching with Spiritual Vigour (2004) and The Heart is the Target (2014). Murray is married to Wendy and they have five children and one grandchild.

Evening Keynote
Mary Lewis is Dean of the Cathedral Church of St Peter and Paul Pt Pirie, and Parish Priest of Flinders Plain. She has spent most of her life and ministry in rural and regional South Australia and Nepal. Prior to ordination, she served in lay leadership and mission in the parishes where she lived, and worked as a rural GP in South Australia. Mary and her husband Owen served in medical mission and medical education in Nepal in partnership with CMS Australia, bringing their four children up in the cross cultural mission field. Mary taught mission studies at St Andrew’s Hall before being ordained to Parish ministry.

She has served on the CMS Australia Board and committees and in local outreach and children’s ministry initiatives as well as parish and diocesan councils.

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