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The online conference began on May 11th, and the first two weeks were a deliberately slow start. Feedback has been really positive. From week three (May 25th), there's a lot more sessions, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through until the conclusion on June 18th.

Because it's an online event, you can still register anytime before June 18th, download evMinister at Largeerything you missed, and participate in the remaining events. We have over 550 delegates so far, with more registering each day, so it's clearly not too late to register!

All sessions are listed below, and the PDF program contains a more detailed overview of how the event runs.

CONFIRMED PDF Program
Mon
11
May
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Stirred, Unshaken, Still and Stimulated
John Bond (Minister at Large, Lifestreams Christian Church)
Stream: General
  Crisis stirs us (Stirred) but we need a positive posture (Unshaken) and as we press in (by being Still) we'll find ourselves creatively released because of the work of the Spirit (Stimulated). ... more

Tue
12
May
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  COVID-19 Issues: Keeping focus through this period for the future
Seak-King Huang, Alex Milner and Stephanie Judd (Prolegis Lawyers)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  Alex Milner, Seak-King Huang and Stephanie Judd from Prolegis Lawyers will cover the key issues that are relevant for leaders through and beyond COVID-19 from the legal perspective. You are encouraged to send in any questions that you may have by em ... more

Wed
13
May
11:00am to 11:45am
  Fundraising through a pandemic
Joshua Crowther (Executive Director, Dunham+Company Australia)
Stream: Fundraising / Communications
  Fundraising is unprecedented territory for this EOFY. After consuming fires, followed by floods, COVID-19 is now front of mind as we move into the biggest fundraising time of the year. How do you lead with calm and clarity when the world is in c ... more

Wed
13
May
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Keeping up with Jobkeeper and COVID-19: What does it mean for managing my staff?
Adam Foster (Senior Associate Employment, Safety and Migration, Macpherson Kelley)
Stream: People / HR / Culture
  Jobkeeper and COVID-19 have changed the way people work dramatically. During this session we will look at what Jobkeeper and COVID-19 mean for your organisation in terms of how you manage your staff. We will look at specifically: 1. Jobkeeper enab ... more

Thu
14
May
11:00am to 11:30am
  Staying Sane In The Midst Of A Pandemic
Paul Arnott (Executive Director, Q4)
Stream: General
  In this session Paul Arnott will help us to reflect on the many and varied ways we are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic; what we can learn from our concerns and fears and how we can find our way through Covid-19. ... more

Tue
19
May
1:00pm to 1:45pm
  HR - Whistleblowers
Skye Rose (Moores)
Stream: People / HR / Culture
  Your ability to identify and respond to wrongdoing in your organisation is compromised if there aren’t safe avenues for employees and stakeholders to communicate concerns to your Board or Committee.
  • Why all organisations need effecti ... more

Tue
19
May
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Covid 19 - conflict and peace in your organisation in a time of crisis
Bruce Burgess (National Director, PeaceWise)
Stream: General
  As organisations rapidly coming to terms with the impact of COVID-19 from an operational/financial/ministry perspective, we also need to keep in mind the relational implications of most people working remotely - and the potential additional stress an ... more

Thu
21
May
11:00am to 11:45am
  Financial Reserves: Finding the goldilocks zone
Dr Craig Furneaux (Senior Lecturer, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
 

When considering organisational finances, boards and CXOs are left with the challenge of how much is enough? Too few cash reserves leave organisations vulnerable to external shocks and challenges. Too much of a reserve might reduce donations, due ... more


Thu
21
May
1:00pm to 1:45pm
  Financial Risk and Fraud - it couldn't happen to us?
Peter Shields, Matthew Crouch and Helen Boucher (Saward Dawson)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  Many not-for-profit organisations place heavy reliance on trust and the assumption that the fraud risk for their organisation is low. We have seen an increase in the number of not-for-profit's being exposed to misappropriation through the significan ... more

Tue
26
May
11:00am to 11:45am
  Reputation update 2020 - Identifying current ministry vulnerabilities and preventing reputational damage
Lyall Mercer (Managing Director, Mercer PR)
Stream: Fundraising / Communications
  Christian ministries are already targeted by activists and the media for their faith and beliefs, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new dimension. This session identifies the current vulnerabilities for ministries, and the potential reputational ... more

Tue
26
May
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  COVID 19 - a State by State guide to rent relief under the National Cabinet Code for commercial and retail leases.
Alex Milner & Emma Hodgson (Prolegis Lawyers)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  Description: On 7 April 2020, the National Cabinet released a mandatory code of conduct for commercial and retail landlords and tenants. The Code which aims to share the financial risk and cashflow impact during the COVID-19 period whilst balancing t ... more

Tue
26
May
4:00pm to 4:45pm
  What we can learn from global Disaster Relief to guide us through our recovery from Corona Virus?
Simon Barrington (Founder and Director, Forge Leadership Consultancy (UK))
Stream: CEO / Executive Leadership
  Leaders - what next? How can we navigate our way forward following a global pandemic? Drawing from lessons learnt in 14 years of responding to Ebola, Tsunamis, HIV/AIDS, earthquakes and wars, Simon Barrington outlines the three phase Disaster Relief ... more

Wed
27
May
11:00am to 11:45am
  Leading with 2020 Vision - What are the behaviors and skill-sets Christian leaders will need to lead through 2020 and beyond?
John Jeffries (Coach / Mentor, Partners in Ministry)
Stream: CEO / Executive Leadership
  Research shows that when leaders describe the time they were operating at their personal best they will usually describe a time when they were faced with great challenge. Covid 19 means unprecedented challenges for Christian leaders - and so we must ... more

Wed
27
May
1:00pm to 1:45pm
  Cloud Finances - staying effective, efficient and secure online
David Bartlett (Partner, Resolve Consulting Group)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  In this session David Bartlett will share from his experiences the benefits and challenges to look out for when designing your ministry's move to cloud operations. These will be presented as the top 12 benefits of cloud computing (and their related ... more

Thu
28
May
11:00am to 11:45am
  Management reporting - are your reports fit for purpose/hitting the mark?
Peter Shields, Jeff Tulk and Steven Ling (Saward Dawson)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  For many not-for-profit organisations there is opportunity to improve the effectiveness of their management reports. A good management report clearly communicates the current performance and gives those charged with governance an understanding of ho ... more

Thu
28
May
1:00pm to 1:45pm
  The glorious art of integrating governance, faith and culture into the architecture of your church or organisation.
Dr Tania Watson (Executive Minister, Riverview Church)
Stream: Governance
  Over the past 20 years, great foundational work has been developed to help Christian churches and organisations navigate within a governance framework. Why then do Boards struggle or find themselves in conflict? This presentation will explore 'belo ... more

Thu
28
May
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Christian Spiritual Discernment and Board Decision-Making
Paul Campey (Partner, Resolve Consulting Group)
Stream: Governance
  What makes a Board Christian? Is it because a Board is made up of Christians or because the Board governs a Christian Ministry or is it more than that? As a Board do we actively seek God's will on key decisions or do we make these decisions just lik ... more

Thu
28
May
4:00pm to 4:45pm
  Building Profitable Relationships: Why relationships are so critically important for your growth and how you we can be leaders who invest in relationships.
Matt Bird (CEO/President, Cinnamon Network International (UK))
Stream: General
  ... more

Tue
02
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  Religious Discrimination and Freedom in Australia: Where are we at?
Peter Wilson (Consultant, Prolegis Lawyers)
Stream: People / HR / Culture
  Peter Wilson (Consultant, Prolegis Lawyers) will update us on the Federal Religious Discrimination Bill, the Religious Freedom Review by the Expert Panel chaired by Philip Ruddock, and the Australian Law Reform Commission Review into the Framework of ... more

Tue
02
Jun
1:00pm to 1:45pm
  Could having a philanthropic culture take your organisation from good to great?
Dr Ruth Knight (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT)
Stream: Fundraising / Communications
  Dr Ruth Knight from the Australian Centre of Nonprofit and Philanthropy studies will explore the power of creating an internal philanthropic culture and provide indicators of success. Discover how you can use this culture to enhance your fundraising ... more

Tue
02
Jun
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  The First (and Most Important) Step to Empower Your Ministry
Dr Gary Hoag (USA) and Ereny Monir (Egypt) from Global Trust Partners
Stream: General
  Want to go from surviving to thriving in ministry? Doing things well comes from the heart. It starts with understanding your true identity as a steward and learning three spiritual priorities for turning brokenness into blessing. We call it the Journ ... more

Wed
03
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  Pivoting - Changing strategy
Dr Jeannie Trudel (President / CEO , Christian Heritage College)
Stream: General
  Many organisations are operating under uncertainty. Is it time to change something fundamental about what you are doing? How do you keep one foot firmly in place as you shift the other in a new direction? This session will explore the “when” and ... more

Wed
03
Jun
1:00pm to 1:45pm
  Leading a safe culture in a new world
Anthony Black (Ansvar) and David Moore (SafeMinistryCheck.com.au)
Stream: General
  Recent times have only increased the responsibilities of boards and organisation leaders when it comes to protecting the vulnerable in their communities. This session will explain how culture-setting sits at the heart of a safe organisation and what ... more

Wed
03
Jun
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Transformation. We all want it, but what are we missing?
Michelle Farrall (Director, The Future Leader Group)
Stream: General
  Hands up who has the word 'transform' in their mission, vision, values ... or maybe even your organisation name and tagline? As Christians, we all long to see lives transformed. But what does this actually mean for your own specific context? Drawing ... more

Wed
03
Jun
4:00pm to 4:45pm
  Public Christianity for a Post-Christian World
Dr Justine Toh (Senior Fellow, The Centre for Public Christianity )
Stream: General
  Justine Toh will talk through the genesis and reception of For the love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined, CPX’s documentary on the best and worst of Christian history, to assess both the challenges and opportunities ... more

Thu
04
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  Gospel-Centered Leadership in the post Covid-19 World
Dr Sen Sendjaya (Professor of Leadership, Swinburne Business School)
Stream: General
  What does the pandemic teach us on the essence, ambition, and danger of leadership? Drawing on biblical insights and scholarly research, this talk will discuss how the gospel serves as a sensemaking tool for leaders to better lead themselves and serv ... more

Thu
04
Jun
12:00pm to 12:45pm
  Journey to Financial Freedom
Nathan Buttigieg (Chief Member Officer , Christian Super)
Stream: General
  Do you feel like you are not in control of your finances or that your finances could be in a better position? This session will introduce you to a 7-step plan that can help you to start your journey to financial freedom. So if you want some tips on g ... more

Thu
04
Jun
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Leading through a Crisis to bounce back
Jonathan Staggs (Business Lecturer and MBA Coordinator , Christian Heritage College)
Stream: CEO / Executive Leadership
  Leaders must know how to maintain staff and volunteer commitment during and after a crisis. Dr Staggs was involved in a research project that examined an emergency department response to the Ebola crisis in 2014 where the team captured how frontline ... more

Thu
04
Jun
4:00pm to 5:00pm
  Ask the Experts Panel #2
A panel of experts!
Stream: General
  Each week, starting in week 3, we invite a panel of experts in various fields to join us in a 'Meeting' rather than 'Presentation' style session for about an hour, to try and answer your questions. If you have a burning question, please email it to g ... more

Tue
09
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  Australian Charity and Tax Law updates
Jae Yang (Partner, Prolegis Lawyers)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  Description: In this session, Jae Yang (Partner, Prolegis Lawyers) will cover the recent developments in Australian charity and tax law, including the new taxation ruling on ‘In Australia’ requirements, the PBI Review announced by the ACNC and ef ... more

Tue
09
Jun
1:00pm to 2:00pm
  When an Inspector Calls: How to be confident your charity status is good
Murray Baird, Anna Longley (ACNC) and Rebecca Lambert-Smith (Moores)
Stream: Governance
  Registration with the ACNC is the gateway to tax and other concessions for your organisation. In this session, Murray Baird former ACNC Assistant Commissioner General Counsel will discuss with Anna Longley current ACNC Assistant Commissioner General ... more

Tue
09
Jun
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  The Biblical and Practical Value of Standards, Peer Accountability, and a Seal
Dr Gary Hoag (USA) and Ereny Monir (Egypt) from Global Trust Partners
Stream: Governance
  Is it enough for your ministry to comply with ACNC standards? Should you aim higher? Let's see what God's Word says. Boards and CEOs will gain a biblical perspective about standards, peer accountability, and a seal. Also, learn the benefits of doing ... more

Tue
09
Jun
4:00pm to 4:45pm
  Redefining Success in Ministry
Omar Djoeandy (SIM Australia)
Stream: General
  SUCCESS! Almost everyone strives for it. Ministry “success” is often linked to numbers, dollars and prestige. But is the other extreme of no growth acceptable to Jesus when He calls us to be stewards and be fruitful? How does Jesus define succ ... more

Wed
10
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  The Communion of Giving and Receiving, Part 1, from transaction to transformation
Rob Martin (Partner, First Fruit Institute USA)
Stream: Fundraising / Communications
  Within the global church and her commitment to missions, a communion of giving and receiving is cultivated when givers offer trust and receivers offer accountability to each other. When this relationship is present, the exchange of money to support C ... more

Wed
10
Jun
12:00pm to 1:00pm
  Ask the Expertrs Panel #3
A panel of experts!
Stream: General
  Each week, starting in week 3, we invite a panel of experts in various fields to join us in a 'Meeting' rather than 'Presentation' style session for about an hour, to try and answer your questions. If you have a burning question, please email it to g ... more

Wed
10
Jun
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  My journey from gospel to governance expressed in a Good Governance Grid
Dr Matthew Turnour (Partner, Neumann & Turnour Lawyers)
Stream: Governance
  This session is spread over two electives. In the first session I tell of my journey, and why governance has become a priority for me. I reflect upon the application of the gospel to life. I set out what for me, and for many Christians, is the strugg ... more

Wed
10
Jun
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  Dealing with internal disputes
Rebecca Lambert-Smith (Team Leader, Moores)
Stream: Governance
  Resolving disputes involving your Board/Committee or members usually requires considering of complex intersecting issues – pastoral relationships, statutory obligations, your governing document and stakeholder communications.
  • Member grie ... more

Thu
11
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  The Communion of Giving and Receiving, Part 2, Achieving sustained interdependence
Rob Martin (Partner, First Fruit Institute USA)
Stream: Fundraising / Communications
  Sustained Interdependence occurs when ministries are centered within their own communities and are strengthened and supported by their own boards, local funding, and an accountability structure within their own settings; and they are also in communit ... more

Thu
11
Jun
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  Coronavirus - why this years audit will be unlike any other
Matthew Hung (Director, rdl.accountants)
Stream: Tax / Finance / Legal
  ... more

Tue
16
Jun
11:00am to 1:00pm
  Chair Dialogue - Limited to 25 Board Chairs. By Invitation.
Moderated by Gary Williams and guest co-moderator
Stream: Governance
  An online version of CMA's familiar Chair Dialogue event. We build the agenda with you by survey beforehand, where you identify the top issues you'd like to explore with other board chairs. No expert presentations - there's plenty of expertise in the ... more

Tue
16
Jun
2:00pm to 2:45pm
  Conducting a governance review
Rebecca Lambert-Smith (Team Leader, Moores)
Stream: Governance
  How effectively your organisation pursues its mission depends not only on the decisions that your responsible persons make, but how they make them. With a high turnover or volunteer Board, a periodic review of your policies and processes is critical. ... more

Tue
16
Jun
3:00pm to 3:45pm
  Critical Tips for Boards and CEOs to Put Your House in Order
Dr Gary Hoag (USA) and Ereny Monir (Egypt) from Global Trust Partners
Stream: Governance
  What has COVID-19 revealed about your ministry? God has shaken the earth. This time is an opportunity to make things right according to God-honoring standards. Get advice for aiming at faithfulness to position the ministry for fruitfulness. The tips ... more

Tue
16
Jun
4:00pm to 4:45pm
  Rebuilding trust in a post-COVID world
Vanessa Hall
Stream: General
  Trust has taken a beating in some areas, and has elevated in others. As needs change, so do the people and things we choose to trust. Expectations are now vastly different in a post-COVID world, so how do we rebuild trust in a disrupted society? What ... more

Wed
17
Jun
12:00pm to 12:45pm
  Safeguarding beyond the National Redress Scheme
Jon Cheung & Sam Burnett (Prolegis Lawyers)
Stream: General
  In this session Jon Cheung and Sam Burnett will summarise some of the key regulatory developments in Australia regarding safeguarding, and address some of the challenges faced by organisations who have joined, or are intending to join, the National ... more

Wed
17
Jun
2:00pm to 4:00pm
  CEO Dialogue - Limited to 25 CEOs / Senior Ministers. By Invitation.
Moderated by Gary Williams and guest co-moderator
Stream: CEO / Executive Leadership
  An online version of CMA's familiar CEO Dialogue event. We build the agenda with you by survey beforehand, where you identify the top issues you'd like to explore with other ministry CEOs. No expert presentations - there's plenty of expertise in the ... more

Wed
17
Jun
4:30pm to 5:15pm
  Conducting members' meetings in a COVID-19 environment
Elizabeth Shalders (Senior Associate, Head of Not for Profit, Lewis Holdway Lawyers)
Stream: Governance
  This seminar will answer questions such as 'Can your organisation conduct meetings through technology?' and 'How does the voting work?' and 'What practical issues do you need to think about'? ... more

Thu
18
Jun
11:00am to 11:45am
  Finding your flavour (building your brand in a time of change)
Felicia Limmer (Lecturer in Marketing , Christian Heritage College)
Stream: Fundraising / Communications
  In this workshop we explore the ideas of branding and customer value in the delicious context of ice-cream. During this time of great change, the way that customers interact with organisations has been impacted. It is now more important than ever to ... more

Thu
18
Jun
1:00pm to 2:00pm
  Ask the Expertrs Panel #4
A panel of experts!
Stream: General
  Each week, starting in week 3, we invite a panel of experts in various fields to join us in a 'Meeting' rather than 'Presentation' style session for about an hour, to try and answer your questions. If you have a burning question, please email it to g ... more

Thu
18
Jun
3:00pm to 4:00pm
  Conference Close. Unshaken but Forewarned: Big-Picture Issues for Post-COVID Ministry – Panel Discussion
Anne Robinson (Prolegis Lawyers) and Panel
Stream: General
  Details coming shortly ... more

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