Christian Formation in the Local Church
Ridley College Ministry Symposium

When: Friday 13 March 2020, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Speakers: Neil Pembroke, Graham Stanton, Natalie Rosner

A symposium for practitioners and academics exploring processes and programs of intentional spiritual and personal formation of church members conducted through the local church.

The Apostle Paul told the Christians in Galatia that the goal of his ministry was to see “Christ formed in you” (Gal 4:9). The goal of this one-day symposium is to think about what Christian formation is, and how to pursue it intentionally with members of the local church.

About the speakers
Neil Pembroke
, Associate Professor in practical theology at the University of Queensland, will argue the case for integrating spirituality, psychology, and ethics in Christian formation, and present a model for pursuing that kind of formation in the local church. Formal responses and elective seminars will draw out the implications of these ideas for local ministry settings.

Graham Stanton, lecturer in practical theology at Ridley College, will start the day with a biblical theology of Christian formation.

Natalie Rosner, Associate Minister at St. Hilary’s Kew, and Director of the Peter Corney Training Centre, will conclude the day by drawing together the threads of our discussions and proposing practical steps forward.


Time  Activity
9:00 am Arrive
9:30 am Graham Stanton – A Biblical Theology of Christian Formation
10:00 am Neil Pembroke – An Integrated Model of Christian Formation: Spirituality, Psychology, and Ethics
10:45 am Q&A
11:00 am Morning tea
11:30 am Neil Pembroke: A Structured Model for Christian Formation in the Local Church
12:10 pm Responses with special guests
12:40 pm Q&A
1:00 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Seminars

  • From Rescuing to Caring – Sharon Kirk
  • Spiritual Disciplines, Christian Practices, or Means of Grace? – Graham Stanton
  • Supervising Lay Ministry Leaders – Richard Trist
2:45 pm Afternoon tea
3:00 pm Natalie Rosner – Christian Formation in the Local Church


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