Ridley Events

2017 Annual Preacher’s Conference

Preaching Romans

Tuesday 22nd August -Thursday 24th August, 2017

Speakers: Ray Galea and Mike Bird

This is the Annual Preachers’ Conference for Ridley College, a training conference on preaching God’s word to minds hearts, wills and lives.

All meals will be provided at the conference venue. There is a range of accommodation options on-site. Alternatively, you may choose to arrange your own accommodation in the area.

Conference check-in opens at 10am on Tuesday. The first session begins at 11am. The conference will conclude with lunch at 1pm on Thursday.

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About the Speakers

Mike Bird lectures in NT and Theology at Ridley and his latest commentary on Romans has been well received by pastors and lay leaders alike.

Ray Galea is the founding minister of Multi-cultural Bible Ministry in Rooty Hill. As a Maltese former Catholic he has written Nothing in My Hand to help explain the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism.

Wednesday Evening Keynote: The Personal life of the preacher – Lessons from Luther Rhys Bezzant lectures in Church History, Theology and Christian Worship at Ridley, he also leads the Jonathan Edwards Centre for Australia

Directions >
El Kanah Guest House
975 Buxton-Marysville Rd
Marysville, VIC


New Preachers
Rod Morris
This foundational workshop is for first-time participants at the Preachers’ Conference, or preachers with limited experience (5-10 sermons). The workshop provides training in the fundamentals of preparing and delivering a biblical exposition for those who are new to expository preaching. If you have been preaching for less than 2 years and have not previously participated in a new preachers’ workshop, please enrol in this workshop. Rod is the Senior Minister of St Stephens Greythorn and a member of the Preachers’ Conference Committee.

Preachers Masterclass
Ray Galea or Mike Bird
This masterclass workshop provides an opportunity for those who have been regularly preaching for at least 10 years. In the master class, you will meet in a small group of 10 with Ray or Mike and present a sermon in outline to the group for improvement and mutual learning. Spaces limited.

Connecting Head and Heart – working at practical application in preaching
Sandy Solomon
Application has been called the ‘weakest link’ in most sermons. It is hard work and is often left to the end of the preparation process, or left out altogether. This workshop begins with the premise that good application is vital for faithful preaching. This workshop will explore some key texts and discover together how to develop application from them. Sandy is a pastor at Plentylife church in Mill Park.

Bringing the Bible to Life – the power of story for preachers
Richard Trist
Story telling is a key medium for cultural engagement. This workshop will explore how to develop and use narrative to make sermons more engaging and to ensure Gods message to us is still heard today. Richard is Dean of the Anglican Institue at Ridley College and Chair of the Preachers’ Conference Committee.

Conference Fees

*Please note if single superior or shared superior accommodation is full, bookings may be ‘bumped’ to a neighbouring hotel (5 minute drive) at no extra charge. Should you not have your own transportation to move between the conference and accommodation, we will assign you a travel buddy.

Early Bird ends 11 June Early Bird Full Fee
No Accommodation Conference fees for full time attendance including meals (except breakfast), but you will arrange your own accommodation. 315 340
Budget Shared (3) Budget accommodation in the old Lodge in a shared bedroom, with a maximum of 3 people to a room and communal bathroom. Please bring your own bed linen and towels. No heating. 370 395
Superior Shared 3+ Accommodation in the newly built guest house in a shared room, with a maximum of 3-4 people to a room. Linen and towels provided. Ensuite Bathroom 435 460
Superior Shared Twin Accommodation in the newly built guest house in a shared room, with a maximum of 2 people to a room. Linen and towels provided. Ensuite Bathroom. Bookings may be ‘bumped’ to a neighbouring hotel if the guesthouse becomes full. 465 490
Superior Single Accommodation in the newly built guesthouse, one person per room. Linen and towels provided. Ensuite bathroom. Bookings may be ‘bumped’ to a neighbouring hotel if the guesthouse becomes full 560 580


Feedback from the 2016 Conference:

“It is the best PD thing I have been to in a long time.”

“Well-balanced with lectures, workshops, free time. Lots of opportunity to talk to delegates over course of the conference. Fantastic location. Great that it was residential (sleep over).”

“Sermons were excellent and helpful personally. The training sessions contained some excellent pointers.”

“Brilliant illustrations, Q & A at end of each session, wealth of experience and tips.”

Master of Arts at the Preachers’ Conference

Ridley College offers a Master of Arts (Theology or Ministry) through our MA Gold Class program. The theology and ministry streams are held in the Yarra Valley each June and feature leading international and local scholars. The preaching stream is incorporated into the Annual Preachers’ Conference in partnership with the Centre of Biblical Preaching. As well as the conference itself, Mike Raiter will provide material in additional workshops prior to, and during the conference.
For more information see MA Gold Class


Ridley College

170 The Avenue, Parkville, Victoria, 3052 Australia / Phone 03 9207 4800 / Email info@ridley.edu.au

Ridley College is an affiliated institution with the Australian College of Theology. (ACT Cricos Provider: 02650E)