29 February 2024
  • TIME

    8:00 am - 9:30 am

    for an 8.15 start


    In-Person Event
  • WHO

    Board members and CEOs / Senior Pastors of churches and Christian charities, and others interested in ministry governance and accountability
  • Steve Kerr

    The ANZAC Club WA

    Level 6 Squadron Room 28 St Georges Terrace Perth WA





Member means paid members of CMA and accredited partners of the CMA Standards Council.


1300 262 300



Make your Board even better, and glimpse the bigger picture!

Do you ever find yourself so deep in the weeds that you forget to look up and around to see what else is happening in the world? Is it worth stepping back to see the big picture occasionally to see the future directions, avoid pitfalls and learn how the best other ministries in Australia and around the world do things?

Please join us for our first CMA Standards Council Annual Address. Our Executive Director, Steve Kerr, will bring an update on what he is seeing from the CMA Standards Council’s in-depth view of Christian governance in Australia, together with some reflections on governance, accountability and transparency. He will highlight some ACNC, legislative and other matters that are either current or coming in 2024, and will reveal some statistics of our accredited partners and some views from the CEOs and Board Chairs. Internally we're calling it a sort of annual ‘State of the Nation’ address, and we are inviting our accredited partners (no charge for CEOs and Chairs), but also inviting current and prospective applicants for accreditation, board interns and alumni, and any Christian ministry leaders / Chairs / board members who are interested in ministry governance and the Australian landscape we serve in.

On this occasion, Dr. Gary Hoag (President and CEO of Global Trust Partners) from USA will be in Australia at all five events, so he will follow Steve with some spiritual insights into ministry governance and accountability, and an update on the exciting things happening globally with the formation of these ‘Peer Accountability Groups’ (like the CMA Standards Council) taking place in over a dozen countries. A movement of God is afoot, and Gary will share what’s happening beyond Australia’s borders. It's very exciting, and accredited partners of CMASC are part of a rapidly growing global movement.

To round out the hour, Gary Williams, National Director of CMA, will speak briefly to the wider ministry of CMA and the various opportunities to engage with The Board Internship, CMA's 2024 Board Training agenda (18 interconnected components!), the launch of several new networks, and more.

This jam-packed hour will encourage and inform those interested in the realm of ministry governance, and invite your participation in strengthening both the Australian and the global mission. The presentation will be followed by morning tea, providing an opportunity for those who don't have to rush off to network and ask deeper questions of Steve and Gary while browsing some CMA resources.

Note: A separate 'CMA Fundraising Network Launch' will take place for Christian fundraisers, one hour after the CMA Annual Address concludes. Please direct your fundraising personnel to this site for information about the one-hour fundraiser session with Dr Gary Hoag, including a special invitation to an Australian cohort of the free online course, 'When Money Goes on Mission' - based on the book by Rob Martin.


Preview this seminar

Steve Kerr

Executive Director

- CMA Standards Council

Steve joined as the Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council in February 2016. With a career starting in commercial litigation, and then for 20 years in general corporate and commercial law, he was previously a Senior Partner at Freehills, followed by some years as Senior Partner at HWL Ebsworth. He has helped establish and advise many not-for-profit organisations and has considerable professional experience in governance and compliance matters. He, his wife Kate and three adult children are actively involved in church life at St Hilary's Anglican Church in Kew, Victoria, and he has served on a variety of church and ministry boards and committees, including his current role, of over ten years, on the board of Overseas Council Australia.

Dr Gary Hoag

President and CEO

- Global Trust Partners

Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D., serves as President & CEO of Global Trust Partners. The purpose of GTP is to multiply faithful stewards and mobilse peer accountability groups to build trust and grow local generous giving to God’s work. This service springs from extensive international ministry, a desire to empower national workers, and his personal commitment to dedicate his life to encouraging Christian generosity. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity College, Bristol, UK. He teaches at seminaries around the world, speaks widely, posts Daily Meditations, and has written or contributed to more than ten books.

Gary Williams

National Director


Gary has spent his life in Christian ministry. After time at Cornerstone Community, Youth for Christ, and university, he spent eight years as Associate Pastor (Administration & Community Care) at Southport Church of Christ in QLD, where the idea for CMA took shape. In 2001 he left the church to establish CMA, and has been CMA's National Director since its inception. He has a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) from QUT in Brisbane. He lives on Tamborine Mountain with his wife Debbie and has two adult children, Abby and Landon. He attends his local Presbyterian church