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

Wednesday 30 May
"The Changing Parish Landscape: Implications and Opportunities”
Presented by Ms Cathy Jenkins & Dr Trudy Dantis

Cost & Bookings  

  • $20 per individual session
  • $50 for all (4) 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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