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Equipping people to do God's work in Central Queensland

Equipping people to do God's work in Central Queensland

Equipping people to do God's work in Central Queensland

2 August 2019

People gathered from around Central Queensland and surrounding areas to attend the conference, participate in electives and become more equipped for ministry.

By Simone Worthing

More than 75 delegates from across Central Queensland and beyond attended the Wide Bay Area Leadership Team (ALT) Mission Conference in Bundaberg from 26-28 July.

Special guests for the weekend included Lieutenant-Colonels David and Sandra Godkin (Queensland Divisional Leaders), Major Deborah Robinson (Head of College and Training Principal at Eva Burrows College), Rod Denton (Christian leader, author and speaker) and Leanne Folling (Christian psychologist).

On the opening night, Area Officer Major Peter Sutcliffe led a question-and-answer session with David and Sandra.

Major Peter Sutclifffe interviews David and Sandra Godkin on opening night.

“Questions posed to the divisional leaders covered a range of topics covering things from who was going to win the NRL grand final, to what their roles entail, to how to make church more attractive to younger people while still relevant to our older generation,” said Peter. 

John Williams, who is the leader of Soundpoint Salvation Army and Sony Foundation Youth and Community Centre in Goodna, 28km south-west of Brisbane, led the plenary session on Mission in Australia the next day.

“Following the plenary session, participants had the opportunity to participate in various electives that were designed to (as Paul said writing to the Ephesians in 4:12 – NLT) “equip God’s people to do his work and build up the Church, the body of Christ,” Peter said.

Electives included Deborah’s preaching workshop; Leanne’s sessions on caring for and understanding those with mental health problems, as well as self-care; Captain Narelle Unicomb’s ‘Growing Young’ session that looked at the core pillars of churches who are going against the trend and thriving inter-generationally; and sessions on Salvation Army programs Kids in the Kitchen and Just Brass.

Major Deborah Robinson gave her elective, Preaching 101.

Rod Denton, a former Baptist pastor and now a soldier at Gawler Salvation Army, also presented four practical sessions on evangelism and discipleship pathways, and Louise Mathieson (Divisional Worship Arts Coordinator) spoke on ‘Leading worship when you don’t have live music and you can’t sing!’

“One person who took up the Preaching 101 workshop said he wished he had done something like this 30 years ago, while others commented on the good simple practical advice given in the Rod Denton workshops on discipleship and evangelism,” said Peter.

A family social evening concluded the Saturday events.

In worship on Sunday at Bundaberg Corps, the Junior Brass learners gave their second public performance, Louise led worship and Rod gave the message.

“At the conclusion of the Wide Bay ALT Mission Conference, those in attendance said this had been a long time coming and it was good to have training happen closer to people rather than have people travel to the major cities,” said Peter.

“Perhaps the most common theme coming from participants was, ‘When are we going to do this again?’”



  1. Wayne chamberlin
    Wayne chamberlin

    Was a fantastic weekend. Great speakers, great hospitality, great message of enablement.

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