2019 Christian Leadership Series
Forming Disciples for Mission: A Scriptural Lens
The Christian Leadership Series is back! This four-week series offers parish leaders and all those interested in exploring what Christian leadership looks and feels like in the context of 21st century Australia.
This year’s series will be focused on scripture, offering participants a survey of key books, themes and figures from our biblical tradition. Guided by some of the country’s leading biblical scholars, participants will explore a range of topics from creation through to the prophetic movement, the Lukan narrative and key figures in the formation of the early church—all of which offer us much wisdom and insight for the formation of modern Christian disciples and communities. Guest speakers include Dr Mary Coloe pbvm, Rev. Assoc. Prof. Mark O'Brien OP, Rev. Dr Chris Monaghan CP and Dr Rosemary Canavan.
Teachers / Accreditation Coordinators / School Leaders please note: This course, like many of our other professional development offerings, will accrue accreditation hours with the CEM.
Dates & Venue
Wednesday nights in May
8 May: God and creation
'In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void, and darkness covered the deep…' (Gen 1:1-2)
This session will bring together current science, which speaks of an evolutionary and expanding universe, and the way the Bible reflects on the meaning of this universe. It introduces the biblical tradition as yet another way God reaches out through particular people and their history. God speaks and reveals Godself through both creation and scripture. Presented by Mary L. Coloe pbvm, BA., BTheol (hons), D.Theol.
15 May: Prophetic voices
'O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed;
You have overpowered me, and you have prevailed.'(Jer 20:7)
The book of Jeremiah provides a powerful example of a prophetic vocation and the impact it had not only on Jeremiah’s audience but on himself as well. It can serve as a timely challenge for us to reflect on what it may mean to be a prophet in our time and place. As baptised Christians we are called to share in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet and king. Presented by Rev. Assoc. Prof. Mark O'Brien OP, BSc, STB, LSS, DTheol
22 May: God-with-us
'Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women … and many others…' (Lk 8:1-3)
The Lukan narrative offers us a rich glimpse into the life and public ministry of Jesus. Early on, the canticles already tell of God’s fulfilment of the covenant and the inevitable heartache that is to follow. Through parables, miracles and conversation, Jesus shows us who he is, what the kingdom of God looks like and, importantly, how we belong and behave as members of this kingdom. Luke’s gospel offers us a roadmap for what discipleship looks like in today’s age. Presented by Rev. Dr Christopher Monaghan CP, BTheol, LSS, PhD
29 May: Christ-centred identity
'Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.' (Col 3:14)
The great legacy of St Paul and his companions is the collection of letters that were written to communities to strengthen them in their faith and mission. In this last session, Dr Rosemary Canavan will examine the clothing imagery employed by Paul to construct a new sense of Christ-centred identity and offer insights for the relevance of this missional-identity for today. Presented by Dr Rosemary Canavan, BA, BTheol (hons), GCHE, PhD
VenueMercy Lecture Theatre
Australian Catholic University
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
7.00pm Session commences
8.30pm Session concludes
Come to one session or come to all! These lectures are offered as ongoing formation for parish leaders and as a ‘taster’ for those considering further study. Click here to register
by 1 May.
- Individuals: $50 (all sessions) OR $20 per session
- Groups (5-10 people): $200 (all sessions).
For any enquiries contact Suzanne Hermon at the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation on 99265761 or firstname.lastname@example.org