SURRENDER EXISTS TO RAISE UP CHRISTIANS TO LIVE THE RADICAL CALL OF JESUS AND FOLLOW HIM TO THE LEAST, THE LAST AND THE LOST.
The SURRENDER conference is unique in Australia as the largest gathering of its kind, focusing on social justice, radical discipleship and incarnational mission. The conference is hosted by a number of missional communities and organisations working amongst the poor, and run in relationship with Indigenous Australians. The Conference runs for three days with more than 1,200 people attending and consists of main sessions, Bible studies, workshops, music, conversations and great food.
SURRENDER’s primary purpose is to motivate emerging generations across the wider church to move from interest to action by becoming personally involved in expressions of Christ’s call to the least, the last and the lost.
Additionally, SURRENDER affirms, encourages and inspires those already committed to incarnational mission and justice and recognizes their crucial role in raising up the next generation.
At the core of SURRENDER is the relationship with and involvement of the Indigenous Australian people of this land.
Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982, serving in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago. He is chief executive officer of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and was the founding pastor of Chicago’s La Villita Community Church.
REVEREND TRACI BLACKMON
The Reverend Traci Blackmon’s life assignment is to advance God’s agenda in the earth through encouraging and empowering people to live their faith. She lives out this calling as the proud Pastor of Christ at the King United Church of Christ in St Louis, Missouri. Her early and prominent response to racial tensions in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr, in Ferguson (which is adjacent to her church) earned Rev. Blackmon an appointment to the Ferguson Commission.
Originally based at Careforce church in Melbourne as Creative Arts Director and worship leader, Helena and her husband Jay moved to Chicago USA to join the creative team on staff at Willow Creek Community Church, where she served as a worship leader for 5 years before returning to Melbourne where they now reside with their twin daughters.
These days Helena is still sharing her journey through songs, in which she explores the challenging adventure of love and faith amid the everyday messiness of life with honesty and vulnerability, and shares the story of loving their daughter who lives with cerebral palsy. These songs celebrate the power of love, family, hope and community.
Mike is an internationally recognized missiologist and one of the leading voices in the intentional missional church movement. His books are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker. Mike is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney.
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The Brilliance Will be Performing Live!
The Brilliance is made up of duo David Gungor and John Arndt. With the foundation of a lifelong friendship centered on musical collaboration, the two compose an inspired and unique approach to modern songwriting. Their lyrics and melodies capture the listener – inviting them into a life of mindfulness and challenging them to take positive action.
Whats it all ABOUT?
God is love. For us to truly learn the way of love we must encounter the divine and all transforming love of God for we are truly able
to love as we discover that He first loves us. The contemplatives across the ages teach us that only in finding what it means to love God are we able to learn to love others and ourselves.
All our ideology and dialogue comes to nothing if we are not able to simply and authentically live a way of life shaped by Christ’s call to love our neighbour. We desperately need to see the body of Christ embody the good news in the way we tangibly love through faithful presence and just practise with our neighbours, whether they are across the street or across the globe.
Christ’s extraordinary call to love our enemies is the quintessential example of the countercultural nature of His upside down Kingdom. In many ways are struggling to disagree in love within the body of Christ, let alone be effective in loving those in the wider world that we most struggle with! We need to see a rediscovery of the practise of radical nonviolence toward the other and the enemy if we are to see the kingdom vision of wholeness and reconciliation emerge in our church and our world.
Thursday 17 March
10:00am – 4:00pm
Engine Room: Youth & Community Work Training Day
Accommodation registrations open at 4pm
Friday 18 March
9.00am – 10:00pm
Registrations open at 8:30am
Saturday 19 March
9:00am – 10:00pm
Registrations open at 8:30am
Sunday 20 March
9:00am – 2:00pm Registrations open at 8.30am
Belgrave Heights Convention Centre
3 Convention Avenue, Belgrave Heights, Victoria
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