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Conference Electives

The CMA Conference has seven elective sessions over two days, each with six concurrent electives, making a total of 42 electives. For detailed description of all electives, click here



Governance Fundraising Ministry Staffing / HR CEO Forum (CEOs ony) Tax, Finance & Legal Other

Tuesday June 5

Elective Session 1 - 11.35 - 12.35
Tools for Leading Change in an Evolving Context
George Savvides and Chris Wallace (Sodia)
Top Five Issues for Church and Ministry Boards
Anne Robinson and Jon Cheung (Prolegis Lawyers)
Structured Creativity
Rich Thompson (Cadence Media)
Equipping Your Team to Handle Conflict and Challenging Relationships
Bruce Burgess (Peacewise)
Organisations Investing Wisely
Fraser Holt (rdl.Accountants)
Tapping the ministry talents and passions of church members over 50
Paul Arnott (Q4Connection)
Elective Session 2 - 1.20 - 2.20
The Rhythms of Leadership, Professional and Personal
Liam Glover (Arrow Leadership)
Accountability and Generosity: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Steve Kerr (CMA Standards Council)
Where are the emerging fundraising leaders in faith-based organisations?
Margaret Scott (Margaret Scott & Associates)
Tools for Leading Change in an Evolving Context
George Savvides and Chris Wallace (Sodia)
Land Rich - Churches and Other NFPs Turning Property into Opportunity
Andrew Boer (Moores)
Building a ChildSafe Culture... With the child in mind!
Neil Milton (Childsafe)
Elective Session 3 - 2.25 - 3.25
The Tough Issues of Leadership
Dr Jerry White (The Navigators)
In the name of Jesus: Christian Ethics & NGO Governance
Emma Penzo (Board Member, Anglican Aid)
Nine Fundraising Mistakes Charities & Churches Make (And How To Fix Them)
Steve Fogg (Heartburst Digital)
Great Organisational Culture: Visionary Leadership or Blind Faith
Dr. Ruth Knight (Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
Financial Governance – Risks, Tips and tools for governance and management!
Peter Shields and Jeff Tulk (Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants)
The Charity regulator and Christian Organisations – Common Interests
Murray Baird (ACNC)
Elective Session 4 - 4.00 - 5.00
How CEO’s get Out of Step with Boards
Dr Graham Leo
The Council Mindset: A Biblical Framework for Thinking about Board Governance
Dr Gary Hoag (ECFA)
People Policies - What is the Best HR Policy Architecture for Your Ministry?
Peter Wilson (Prolegis Lawyers)
From Busyness to Effectiveness
Dr Omar Djoeandy (SIM Australia)
Your Top Legal Questions Answered
Andrew Lind & Alistair Macpherson (Corney and Lind Lawyers)
Executable.Me. Making the most of each  90 Day quarter to go from Ideas to Execution in Your Leadership.
Tarran Deane

Wednesday June 6

Elective Session 5 - 11.20 - 12.15
The Foundation of Character and Integrity in Hiring and Developing People
Dr Jerry White (The Navigators)
Big Themes of the ACNC Review - Panel
Anne Robinson, Hon Dr Gary Johns, Dr. Matthew Turnour, Prof. Myles McGregor-Lowndes
Integrating Faith and Fundraising: Building Generous Disciples and Fruitful Ministries
Dr Gary Hoag (ECFA)
Emotionally Healthy Leadership - winning the long game
Dr Nicholas Marks (AIFC)
The Ripple Effect: Leveraging work with individuals to impacting national and global policy.
Jane Edge (CBM Australia)
Digital Disruption - Friend or Foe?
Terry Leister (Brisbane School of Theology)
Elective Session 6 - 1.00 - 1.55
Boards and Bullying – how to manage it when it happens
Adam Foster (Lewis Holdway Lawyers)
Board capacity building – trends, pressures, diversity, dynamics, director independence, oversight symmetry. 
Di Feldman (Chair, SU QLD and Arrow Leadership)
Charting Our Course: Mapping Faithful Activities and Avoiding Deadly Sins
Dr Gary Hoag (ECFA)
Royal Commission recommends the Supervision of Pastors – is your ministry ready for this significant change?
Sam Burnett (Prolegis Lawyers)
Financial reporting update – Moving from theory to practical application
Peter Shields & Jeff Tulk (Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants)
CEO Panel - Lessons from the CEO Trenches
Jane Edge (CEO, CBM Australia), Dr Omar Djoeandy (CEO, SIM Australia), Dawn Penney (CEO, ACCESS ministries / Korus Connect)
Elective Session 7 - 2.00 - 2.55
Engaging Gen Z: The Emerging Generation in our Teams, Community and Churches
Claire Madden (Hello Clarity)
Protecting vulnerable people in the changing risk and governance landscape
Diana Borgmeyer (Ansvar Insurance)
Getting Tactical: Discussing Practical Tips for Raising Up Givers and Gifts
Dr Gary Hoag (ECFA)
Leading Like Jesus in Business
Grant Dibden (Australian Navigators)
Just some of the 300+ delegates who came to our 2018 conference. Visit our 2019 site for next year's event!
National Sales Support Officer, Media Sales Australia ~ Managing Director, Churches of Christ Financial Services Ltd ~ Bursar, Pacific Coast Christian School ~ Director, Cooloola Christian College ~ Director, MPG Equip ~ Finance Director, Church Missionary Society - Australia Ltd ~ COO, The Bush Church Aid Soc ~ Executive Pastor, Overflow Church Medowie ~ PA to National Director, CMA ~ Finance Manager, The Babes Project ~ Speaker Coach MC , www.tarrandeane.com ~ Director, rdl Accountants ~ Chair, Power to Change & Global Aid Network ~ Principal, HillSide Christian College ~ Regional Officer QLD/NNSW, Bush Church Aid Society of Australia ~ Director, Mueller College ~ Director, Anglican Aid ~ Partner, Corney & Lind Lawyers ~ Senior Manager - Major Partnerships, CBM Australia ~ Executive Pastor, City on a Hill ~ Chair of Board , PeaceWise ~ Business Development Leader, ChildSafe ~ Human Resource Manager, CityLife Church ~ Principal, Moores ~ State Director, Global Interaction ~ Project Manager, Entrust Foundation ~ Arrow Leader, Arrow Leadership ~ Chairman, Genesis Foundation ~ Director, Wycliffe Australia ~ Business Manager, Toowoomba Christian College ~ Partnership Director, Christians Against Poverty Australia ~ Company Secretary, Grace Communion International ~ Deacon , South Pine Community Church ~ CEO, CMAA (Christian Media & Arts Australia) ~ Senior Pastor, Victor Harbor Baptist ~ National Director , PeaceWise ~ Leadership Development & Community Impact, CityLife Church ~ Director and Treasurer, MAF Australia ~ Director, Margaret Scott & Associates ~ Financial Controller, Compassion Australia ~ Scientist/Speaker, Creation Ministries International ~ Chairman, Youth for Christ ~ International President Emeritus, The Navigators ~ Finance Manager, Apostolic Church Australia ~ Assistant Group Business Manager, Pacific Group of Schools ~ Northern Relationship Manager, ChildSafe ~ National Relationship Manager, Churches of Christ Financial Services Ltd ~ Administrator, Birkdale Baptist Church ~ Founder and Director, Innovation Edge ~ CEO, Brown Box Digital ~ CEO, Intercultural Training Australia ~ Professor Emeritus, QUT ~ Company Secretary, WEC International ~ Chief Financial Officer, Empart ~ Church Board Member, Clayton Church of Christ ~ Partner, Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants ~ National Director, FamilyVoice Australia ~ CEO, Christian Venues Association ~ Campus Pastor, CrossLife - a baptist church ~ Executive Officer, Media Sales Australia ~ Business Manager, Outback Futures ~ Chief Financial Officer, Churches of Christ Financial Services Ltd ~ Director, Power to Change ~ Chair, Solutions 4 Learning ~ General Manager, Prison Fellowship Australia ~ CEO, Plymouth Brethren Christian Church ~ General Manager Business Operations , Concern Australia ~ WBTA Senior manager / YFC Board , Wycliffe Bible Translators and Youth For Christ ~ General Manager, CCCVaT ~ National Director, Youth for Christ ~ Principal, Prolegis Lawyers ~ CEO, Churches of Christ ~ Business Development , Alphacrucis College ~ Key Relationships Manager, Hope Media ~ CEO, Bible Society Australia ~ Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ~ Principal, Lewis Holdway Lawyers ~ Chief Operations Officer, Vision Christian Media ~ Lay Leader, Encounter Church Asia ~ International Liaison, ECFA ~ Managing Director , Loan Market ~ Clinical Supervisor, Outback Futures ~ Executive Pastor Mission & Corporate Services, Bridge Church ~ National Director, Grace Communion International ~ Chair, Qld Christian Religious Instruction Network ~ Advancement Director, Alphacrucis College ~ Business Manager, Christian Brethren Trust ~ Finance Director, City on a Hill ~ Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Victoria ~ Secretary/Director, Prison Fellowship Australia ~ Partner, Corney & Lind Lawyers ~ Director, Eagle HR Consulting ~ CEO, Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Aus ~ Executive Director, Elam Ministries Australia ~ Head of Corporate Services , Seventh-day Adventist Church ~ Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Insurance Services Ltd. ~ Director, Lewis Counsel ~ Marketing Consultant, Clarety ~ Senior Minister, St Stephen's Anglican Coorparoo ~ Chairman, Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Aus ~ Managing Director, Reventure Ltd. ~ National Director, Australian Baptist Ministries ~ ED Q4Connection, CMA ~ Consultant, Uniting Church - WA ~ CEO, IFLA ~ Team Leader QLD Branch, Bethel Funerals ~ Media and Development Manager, Dunham+Company ~ State Manager - Queensland, Prison Fellowship Australia ~ Managing Director, Creation Ministries International ~ CEO, aifc ~ BDUM, Ansvar Insurance ~ Finance Manager , NewHope Baptist Church ~ Chairperson, CMA ~ General Manager Risk Solutions, Ansvar Insurance ~ Head of Finance & Administration, Baptist Churches Western Australia ~ Business Manager, Robert Menzies College ~ Campus Director, Alphacrucis College ~ National Director, The Navigators ~ Director, Cadence Media ~ Chairman, Clayton Church of Christ ~ CEO, TEAR Australia ~ Manager, ANIP ~ Director, Reposition ~ Senior Lawyer, Moores ~ CEO, Wealth with Purpose ~ Business Manager, Bridgeman Baptist Community Church ~ Head of Donor Relations, Youthworks ~ National Director, SIM Australia ~ Executive Pastor, Crosslife ~ Board Chair, aifc ~ Director, Wycliffe Bible Translators ~ State Director/CEO, Scripture Union NSW ~ Business Development Manager, Christian Super ~ Manager Insurance Operations, Baptist Insurance Services Ltd. ~ CEO, Korus Connect ~ General Manager, Ansvar Insurance ~ State Executive Member, Australian Christian Churches ~ CEO, Concern Australia ~ CEO, Fusion Australia ~ Partner , Occulus International ~ Business Manager, CityLife Church ~ Director, Baptist Financial Services ~ Professor of Economics and Dean of Business, Alphacrucis College ~ Accountant, Add Ministry Inc ~ CFO, Korus Connect ~ Chairman, Mt Tamborine Conference Centre ~ CFO, Sinclair Brook ~ Senior Association and Head of Not-for-Profit, Lewis Holdway Lawyers ~ Insurance Manager, Faith Insurance ~ Financial Controller, C3Church Sydney Ltd ~ UX & Design, Brown Box Digital ~ Board of Elders, Gateway Baptist Church ~ CFO, Mueller College ~ Regional Director Qld, aifc ~ Philanthropy Officer, QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation ~ CEO, Entrust Foundation ~ Director, Baptist Insurance Services Ltd. ~ National Director, Assembly of Confessing Congregations ~ Board Deputy Chair, CMS QNNSW ~ Business Manager, Anglican Parish of Dalkeith ~ Executive Officer , Churches Housing Inc ~ Account Director, Corporate Risks, Edgewise Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd ~ Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, Seventh-day Adventist Church South Pacific ~ Principal, Providential Ventures ~ Chair, Baptist Insurance Services Ltd. ~ National Director, Missions Interlink ~ Director of Development, Haggai International ~ Interim Manager, EA Insurance Services ~ Business Manager, Life City Church ~ Senior Manager, Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants ~ Accountant, UNOH ~ Executive Coordinator , Willow Creek Australia ~ Supporter Engagement Manager, Vision Christian Media ~ Managing Director, Feldman and Associates ~ Director , Baptist Financial Services ~ Senior Business Development Manager, ACS Financial Services ~ CEO, Bethel Funerals ~ Chief Partnerships Officer, Vision Christian Media ~ Practice Manager, Tri-meridian Corporate & Commercial Law ~ Board of Elders, Gateway Baptist Church ~ CFO, Anglicare Tasmania ~ Chief Executive Officer, Sports Chaplaincy Australia ~ Executive Pastor, NewHope Baptist Church ~ Administrator, Sunnybank Baptist Church ~ Senior Pastor, Runcorn Christian Church ~ Projects Coordinator, NewHope Baptist Church ~ General Manager, MAF Australia ~ Assistant Commissioner - General Counsel, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ~ Chief Development Officer, Vision Christian Media ~ Director of Strategic Relationships, Empart ~ Business & Development Manager, CMA ~ Future Students, Alphacrucis College ~ Chief Executive Officer , Christian Super ~ Chief Operating Officer, Empart ~ Manager & Registrar, Malyon College ~ Director, Baptist Financial Services ~ Founder, Clarety ~ Director, Baptist Insurance Services Ltd. ~ Founder, Clarety ~ Chair, Brisbane School of Theology ~ CMS QNNSW Council Member, CMS ~ Founder / President, Empart ~ Director of Corporate Services, Global Interaction Inc ~ CEO, Belgrave Heights Convention ~ Partner, Neumann & Turnour Lawyers ~ Chief Operating Officer, Sports Chaplaincy Australia ~ Director of Strategic Partnerships, Crossway ~ Executive Director Ministry Services, Compassion Australia ~ Operations Manager, Anglican Aid ~ Senior Pastor, The Project Church ~ General Manager, Christian Youth Camps Ltd ~ CEO, Anglican Diocese of Willochra ~ Finance Manager, Arrow Leadership ~ CEO Wycliffe Relief and Development, Wycliffe Australia ~ Business Manager, Cooloola Christian College ~ CEO, The Freedom Project ~ Head of Marketing, Heartburst Digital ~ Queensland State Director, FamilyVoice Australia ~ Business/Compliance Admin, Australian Christian Lobby ~ Deputy National Director & Member Services Leader, Power to Change ~ Legal Counsel, HammondCare ~ Church Engagement Manager , CBM Australia ~ State Manager, Ansvar Insurance ~ Partner, Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants ~ Director, Baptist Insurance Services Ltd. ~ Senior Associate and Head of Workplace Relations, Lewis Holdway Lawyers ~ Finance Manager, MAF Australia ~ Assistant to the CFO, Seventh-day Adventist Church South Pacific ~ CEO, Payton Foundation ~ National Director, William Wilberforce Foundation ~ QLD State Director, Compassion Australia ~ Chief Executive Officer, Empart ~ Church Liaison Officer, Presbyterian Church of Queensland ~ Chairman, Cooloola Christian College ~ Director Admin Services, Queensland Baptists ~ Mobiliser QLD, SIM Australia ~ Executive Director, CMA Standards Council ~ Board Member, CMA ~ CEO, Axx ~ National Director, CMA ~ Pilgrimage Consultant, Magi Pilgrimages ~ Executive Officer, Willow Creek Australia ~ Director, NewHope Community Care ~ Advocacy & Communications Director, The Freedom Project ~ Business & Operations Director, Interserve Australia ~ Chairman, Australian Not for Profit Accountants Network ~ Development Manager, The Salvation Army ~ Ministry Services Director, Gateway Baptist Church ~ CEO, Outback Futures ~ Safe Ministry Coordinator, City on a Hill ~ Director of Finance & Administration, Scripture Union Queensland ~ Executive Director, Arrow Leadership ~ CEO, The Babes Project ~ Founder and Principal, Prolegis Lawyers ~ Board Chair, Health Serve Australia ~ Administrator, Northreach Baptist Church ~ Director, Baptist Financial Services ~ Senior Pastor/CEO, HillSide Church ~ Human Resources Manager, Alphacrucis College ~ Consultant, Prolegis Lawyers ~ CEO, Mt Tamborine Conference Centre ~ Director, Brisbane School of Theology ~ Panel Member, CMA Standards Council ~ Financial Controller, Alphacrucis College ~ CEO, CBM Australia ~ Director, What'sOn Consulting ~ Principal, Toowoomba Christian College ~ National Relations Manager, Reach Beyond ~ Executive Director, AusHEAL ~ Director of Finance & Administration, Baptist Union of Victoria ~ CEO, Baptist Financial Services ~ Director of Governance , Churches of Christ in Qld ~ Creative Director, Cadence Media ~ CEO, Steer Incorporated ~ Chief Operations Officer, Eastern College Australia ~ Executive Assistant to the Principal, Qld Theological College ~ National Networking Manager, Baptist Financial Services ~
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