ACC National Community Conference – 5th + 6th September 2018 – The Woolshed, Yallah, Wollongong, New South Wales
Proudly brought to you by Christians Against Poverty and Australians Together

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Have you ever wondered what your community thinks of your church? What if you could move from a Sunday service full of Christians to a movement of people that engages and impacts its community 7 days a week? Have you ever wanted to quadruple the influence of your church in your community?

ACC Community conference will practically equip you to see your community differently.

In ACC Community Engagement, we’ve had a revolution in recent years. Essentially it’s revolved around a shift in our community engagement from simply finding a need and meeting it to discovering the strengths and assets of our community and working with them. It’s called ABCD, which stands for Asset Based Community Development. This ABCD approach helps us to focus on what we actually have in our hands already, not on what we don’t have. It’s the “glass half full” approach to community transformation.

What you will take away from this interactive two day conference;
– Latest shifts in thinking on how to run and be the church
– Practical tips and help on engaging the community around you and how to get started
– A mindset that does not just focus on the needs of your community, but also its strengths and how the church can enhance them
– Inspirational stories from some of the world’s best community leaders.

Nationally ACC churches do an incredible job engaging their communities. This conference will be a great opportunity to hear and be encouraged through networking and sharing stories of churches engaging and building strong relationships in their local communities.

The ACC Community Engagement Conference features community thought leaders who are addressing the needs of the nation using the strengths already in their communities. The Conference includes face-to-face convening, an opportunity to speak into ACC Community Engagement’s strategic directions and priorities, and a forum to showcase best practices.

Speakers this year include:

Jarrod Mckenna: Jarrod McKenna is the co-founder of First Home Project, a community welcoming, housing and “giving a hand up not a hand-out” to recently arrived refugees, is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Perth, was a part of initiating the #LoveMakesAWay movement, and is a peace award winning nonviolent social change trainer, working primarily in the Middle East and Eastern Europe when not at home.

Paul Bartlett: Paul and Annette Bartlett took on the role of Senior Leaders of Lighthouse in 2000.  Lighthouse sees things differently. They exist for people. They’re here to give. Not to get. They are multifaceted, multi purpose, multi platform. Lighthouse provides a number of community innovations including Lighthouse Youth Initiative and Lighthouse Community Kitchen. Their OBSESSION is to love their community. No strings attached. Lighthouse largely consists of volunteers ready and willing to do whatever it takes so that others can have the best life possible. Paul is also the National Leader for Community Engagement in Australian Christian Churches, overseeing some 1100 churches. Paul’s other roles include being the President of Cedars Christian College – a school of over 600 students – as well as the Chaplain to NBL basketball team, the Wollongong Hawks. Paul and Annette are both personal development coaches to many leaders and professionals in the broader community specialising in the area of leadership and vision development, team building and organisational change.

Lisa Sharon Harper: Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing, was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, a citywide collaborative effort of faith leaders committed to leveraging the power of their constituencies and their moral authority in partnership with communities bearing the weight of environmental injustice. She also organized faith leaders to speak out for immigration reform and organized the South Bronx Conversations for Change, a dialogue-to-change project between police and the community. She earned her master’s in human rights from Columbia University in New York City. Harper serves on the board of directors of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and is a member of Metro Hope Church in New York City, an Evangelical Covenant Church.

Andy Gourley: Andy Gourley is the founder and director of Red Frogs Australia, a global support program that provides direct relief from alcohol and drug-related issues that are known to cause anxiety, suffering, distress and helplessness amongst young people. From an accountant by day and skateboarding youth worker at night, Andy Gourley saw a need for young people to be safeguarded – so he did something to meet that need.

Andy was listed in American AACSB’s Top 100 Influential Leaders in 2015 and is highly acclaimed for his direction and leadership not only in Red Frogs Australia but in providing strategic direction for ministries nationally and internationally. Today, Andy is a local pastor at Citipointe Church Brisbane, and is driven to continue “safeguarding this generation of young people.”

Kara Martin: Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, MBA Curriculum Developer with Excelsia College, and former Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. She has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. She was Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations.

If you have any questions, or we can assist you with anything, please don’t hesitate to email the ACC Community Engagement team:



ACC Community Engagement 2016 Community Conference Highlights

Community Conference 2016 Highlights from Lighthouse on Vimeo