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Adelaide Church & Ministry Governance Conference
When? 18 Feb, 2019. 9.00am to 4.45pm (Last-Minute News: over 100 are booked in, and it's not too late - we will accept online registrations up until SUnday evening)
 
Where? Rydges Adelaide, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
Who? Board / Council members of Christian churches, schools and charities, plus Senior Pastors / Principals / CEOs
Cost? $155 for CMA Members, $195 non-members.
Group of 3 members for $400, group of 3 non-members for $500
 
Presented by CMA and the CMA Standards Council, this one-day session includes five plenary sessions, eight electives, an exhibition, and some great networking. Designed specifically for Church, School and ministry board members, this cost-effective Professional Development event will help you board both steer and protect your organisation.

Session Descriptions (note sequencing and timing subject to change)
Plenary 1

Gary Hoag

  Gary will kick the day off with a plenary session drawing from his new book, 'The Council' - an examination of the four Councils in Scripture, and what they teach us about the underlying principles of church and ministry governance.

Gary is The Generosity Monk, and President, Global Trust Partners.

More about all of our presenters can be found here.


Plenary 2 - A Heads-Up from the ACNC: Regulatory Tips for Church and Ministry

As regulation progresses and the charity sector continues to face pressure to behave more accountably, Murray will bring a range of news items, insights and tips from the ACNC that church, school and ministry board members should be aware of in their governing roles.

Murray is Assistant Commissioner General Counsel at ACNC.

More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 

Murray Baird


Steve Kerr

  Plenary 3 - 'Hypothetical' Panel Discussion

Steve will lead a panel discussion examining a hypothetical scenario. This is a fictitious case, but of a kind that is sadly realistic. Steve and the panel will explore how a Christian school board might handle a particular governance challenge, and how the Senior Pastor of the connected church, who sits on the School board, might juggle wearing both the pastoral hat and the board director hat.

Steve is Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council.

More about all of our presenters can be found here.


Plenary 4 - Questions and Answers Panel

As the day draws to a close, Steve Kerr will lead a panel of experts in facilitation a Q&A session, engaging with questions that have emerged throughout the day, plus questions that have been sourced from a pre-event poll of delegates.

Steve is Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council.

More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 

Steve Kerr


Gary Hoag

  Plenary 5

Gary will close our day out with an address on Discernment in the Boardroom. As ministry boards, how can we be sure to not merely make good decisions, but to have the mind of Christ together as we lead our organisation on important matters?

Gary is The Generosity Monk, and President, Global Trust Partners. More about all of our presenters can be found here.

ELECTIVE STREAM 1 - 'Ministry Governance - Exploring the Issues'
Note that the sequence of these four electives is not yet final. You may mix-and-match electives from either stream.
Elective 1 - The Board's Role in Strategic Thinking and Planning

Thinking strategically is one of the core capabilities of an effective Board. How would your board rate? In today's fast changing political and funding environment, sustainability and success depends on Boards being agile but strategic, and demonstrating the confidence to tackle complex and challenging organisational and people matters. This session will spotlight the principles that you need to foster on the Board and throughout the organisation to improve your strategic thinking. It will explore how the Board culture supports or hinders strategic thinking, and what to do when your Board feels stuck or bogged down in a process or operational agenda. You will hear how the Board’s culture critically impacts how management and other staff think and feel about making strategic decisions. This session will provide you with some case studies to explain the principles, and practical advice to help you foster boardroom debates that result in good strategic thinking, decisions and actions.

Ruth is a researcher and lecturer at The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 

Dr Ruth Knight


Jenni Hoag

  Elective 2 - Soul Care and the Boardroom

How can board members attend to their spiritual health as well as that of the pastors and/or administrators they oversee? This elective suggests life-giving rhythms that boards and God’s workers can practice to care for their souls. The enriching ideas also position boards to nurture the well-being of the church or organisation.

Jenni is the Soulcare Anchoress. More about all of our presenters can be found here.


Elective 3 - Boards Navigating Religious Freedom and Discrimination Law Challenges

Christian churches, schools and ministries face an environment of increased scrutiny and challenge to traditional teaching, standards and tax concessions. Navigating the cultural conversations, specific issues and legal risks requires preparation, sensitivity and skill. Neither burying our heads in the sand or being belligerent is helpful. Maintaining Christian standards and explaining them in a pluralistic culture while showing love, grace and humility is the challenge. Mark Sneddon will update church, school and ministry board members on what the current issues are, and give some guidance regarding how these present realities should affect our governing posture, policies and decisions.

Mark is Executive Director of the Institute for Civil Society and Sneddon Legal. More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 

Mark Sneddon


Geoff Adams

  Elective 4 - Managing Conflicts of Interest - Beyond the Basics

Most directors now realise that conflicts of interest in the boardroom need to be treated carefully. But an overly simplistic view doesn't help much. If we're really honest, possible conflicts of interest exist everywhere, and we can too easily use the 'I'm Conflicted' excuse to withdraw from valid discussions. Yes, conflicts need to be managed well, but it's not as black-and-white as some would suggest, and a mature church / ministry council knows when to disclose, how to manage, and when to stay in the room despite real or perceived conflicts.

Geoff is Principal at Tri-Meridian Corporate and Commercial Law. More about all of our presenters can be found here.

ELECTIVE STREAM 2 - 'Ministry Governance 101 - The Essentials'
Note that the sequence of these four electives is not yet final. You may mix-and-match electives from either stream.
Elective 5 - Getting Un-Muddled: Roles, Rules and Governance Disciplines

One of the world's ministry governance gurus suggests that over 90% of problems in church and ministry boards stem from simply getting muddled about a core group of board basics. This session will give an overview of the essentials, and identify several common areas where ministry boards get a bit muddled, along with some simple solutions.

Gary is National Director of CMA. More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 

Gary Williams


Murray Baird

  Elective 6 - What Should Directors Do? Directors Duties and the ACNC Governance Standards

The governing body of an organisation, whatever it is called, must steer and steward it to achieve its mission. The charity regulator requires some minimal governance standards. This session will cover the standards and give some tips for good governance. It will be pitched at a basic level – not advanced theory! Participants will come away understanding their duties in leading a registered charity.

Murray is Assistant Commissioner General Counsel at ACNC. More about all of our presenters can be found here.


Elective 7 - Understanding Church and NFP Financials, and the Audit / Review Cycle

Board / council members don't all need to be experienced accountants, but they do need a sufficient grasp of financial principles to allow them to ensure that the ministry is in good shape, that the board is receiving the financial information it needs, that they can interpret the reports astutely, and that they are interacting appropriately with the auditors and stakeholders. This session will give directors a valuable summary of financial issues that all board members should be across.

More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 

Mark LeCornu

 

Adriaan Den Dulk

  Elective 8 - Identifying and Managing Risks Your Church or Ministry Faces

There is no getting around the fact that organisations are facing more and more risk, across a range of operational fronts, and even ministry board members cannot simply pray them away. Managing risks appropriately is a critical function of any board, not only to protect the organisation and its people from harm, but also to allow the organisation to achieve its mission without the distractions that arise from preventable risks managed poorly.

Adriaan is Senior Risk Consultant at Ansvar Insurance. More about all of our presenters can be found here.

 
 
Adelaide Fundraising & Generosity Functions with Dr Gary Hoag
Breakfast: "Fresh Advice for Growing Givers in your Congregation and Constituency"
  Tuesday 19 Feb, 7.15am (concludes at 8.45) at Rockford Hotel, 164 Hindley St - full details and registration here
 
Baptist Financial Services
Gold Sponsor

Baptist Financial Services - www.bfs.org.au

BFS has been operating for over 30 years, and provides financial services across Australia to support Christian ministry.

Adelaide Exhibitors
Tri-Meridian Corporate & Commercial Law
 
These events are also supported by CMA's National Sponsors
   
 
For details of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact info@cma.net.au
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