Christian Leadership in the 21st Century

"Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction." 
---Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, §1


The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation Melbourne is hosting a four-week lecture series exploring Christian leadership for the 21st-century context. Participants will hear from theologians, pastoral leaders and researchers on scripture, church history, pastoral research and the joys and challenges of leading in a changing environment. 
Wednesdays in May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Mercy & Christ Lecture Theatres
Australian Catholic University (115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy)  


Wednesday 9 May
"Exercising an Adult Faith: Wrestle. Challenge. Move.”
Presented by Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan
Leaders in today’s society face high expectations of accountability, transparency, and authenticity. This is particularly so for leaders in faith communities, where religious ideals and Gospel values are at stake. What qualities and competencies can support faith leaders to express a mature and resilient belief stance in a pluralistic world?

Wednesday 16 May
“Encountering Jesus: Exploring our Biblical Heritage”
Presented by Rev. Dr Francis Moloney SDB
Jesus of Nazareth, the founder of Christianity, lived and died between 4 BCE and 30 CE. What did he think he was doing? Who did he think he was? The responses to those questions blossom into the Gospel stories of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. The person of Jesus of Nazareth, and our four different Gospel accounts provide us with the biblical heritage within which we are privileged to encounter Jesus.

Wednesday 23 May
“The sensus fidei: From Vatican II to Pope Francis”
Presented by Rev. Dr Max Vodola
In his first Angelus address, Pope Francis quoted the words of a humble, elderly woman he once met: ‘If the Lord did not forgive everything, the world would not exist’; and he commented with admiration: ‘that is the wisdom which the Holy Spirit gives’. The woman’s insight is a striking manifestation of the sensus fidei, which, as well as enabling a certain discernment with regard to the things of faith, fosters true wisdom and gives rise, as here, to proclamation of the truth. It is clear, therefore, that the sensus fidei is a vital resource for the new evangelisation to which the Church is strongly committed in our time. (Sensus Fidei, In the Life of the Church, 2014, n.2)

Wednesday 30 May
"The Changing Parish Landscape: Implications and Opportunities”
Presented by Ms Cathy Jenkins & Dr Trudy Dantis
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis reiterates the importance of parish life: 'The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be “the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters”.' (EG, no. 28) In this era of change, how can parishes use tools such as the Building Stronger Parishes project to continue being places of encounter and accompaniment? 

Cost & Bookings  

  • $20 per individual session
  • $50 for all (4) sessions
  • $40 for three (3) sessions
Groups (for all four sessions):
  • $200 flat rate for a group of 5-10 people (ideal for parishes!)
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For any enquiries please contact Suzanne Hermon at the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation on 9926 5761 or 

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