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2022 Mega-intensives

*Please note that the mega-intensive has been postponed until 2022 due to the Coronavirus Health Crisis. Please see below for further details.*

Join us for an engaging and immersive week as we explore the theme of sin and evil from multiple perspectives and apply it to your ministry context.

The Ridley Mega-intensive is a one-week conference held in August each year. It is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative event that builds a vibrant learning community which is exploring a single theme. Limited places are available.

Dates August 2022
Registrations close Postponed until 2022
Theme Sin and Evil
International Guest Roy Ciampa
Academic Credit Credit available for Levels 7 or 9. Also available as a Capstone Unit. Auditors welcome.
Courses Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry.
Cost Academic credit: $2,520 (domestic students), $2,904  (overseas students), plus $190 for meals. The $190 is charged as an additional fee when booking into the Conference. Tuition fees will be billed separately by the Registrar’s Office as part of the enrolment process. FEE-HELP is available to eligible students.

Audit: $485. This cost includes morning tea, lunch, banquet dinner and learning materials.

Below is an outline of the structure of the Mega-intensive conference.

  • Days one-three is where students work in a cohort of around 20 students and 2-3 faculty to examine the theme through one of three disciplines: Bible, theology & ethics, or public theology & culture.
  • Day four is spent gaining an overview of the key insights from the other cohorts (integration).
  • Day five is spent in different cohorts that are focussed on applying your learning to your ministry context (application). Application cohorts include preaching, pastoral care, school chaplaincy, youth and children’s ministry, global mission, leadership, and public theology.

The five-day program includes daily chapel services, coffee, lunches, a banquet and a public lecture one evening. Interstate students are encouraged to attend.

The assessment component of the Mega-intensive is aimed at helping you apply your learning in your ministry context. The Mega-intensive is offered at Level 7 and 9 and with a level 9 Capstone option.

Keynote Sessions
Evil Here, There, and Everywhere: Paul’s Discussion of Evil and Its Defeat in Romans with Roy Ciampa

  • Keynote One
    Evil in All the Wrong Places: Evil Within and Beyond the Covenant Community
    in Romans 1-4
    Paul establishes the culpability of not only Gentiles but also Jews. He does so in part by quoting biblical texts in which Israelites complain to God about the evil they recognize all around them.
  • Keynote Two
    Evil in Every Place: Evil in the Cosmos in Romans 5-6
    Paul addresses the cause and cosmic dimensions of evil. He reminds us that, as influential and oppressive as they can be, the political and human villains that we might want to blame for our worst problems are not causes but merely symptoms of a deeper problem.
  • Keynote Three
    Evil in the Inward Places: Evil as a Virus Deep in the Human Heart in Romans 7
    Paul addresses the reality of evil not only “out there” but also “in me” and at the core of the human being. Evidence of just how evil sin is may be found in its ability to use even God’s great gifts to advance sinful purposes.
  • Keynote Four
    Evil Displaced From All Those Places: Christ’s Redemption of the Human Heart, the Covenant Community, and the Cosmos in Romans 8-16
    Paul provides his ultimate response to the concerns raised by Habakkuk and the psalmists. He shows us how Christ’s redemption addresses all forms of evil and all the ways it has corrupted creation since the fall of humanity.

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**Megaintensive announcement
Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, we have decided to postpone the Mega-intensive until 2022.

Instead, we will be offering students and members of the community the opportunity to participate in two accredited virtual intensive units in August 2021.
We’re excited to announce that Scott Harrower will run the first unit on Public Christianity with talks featuring John Dickson. Mike Bird will run the second unit on Philippians and Philemon. These two accredited units will run in place of the original date for the Sin and Evil Mega-intensive. These intensive units are a flexible and accessible study mode for students near and far, as well as auditors seeking to undertake the unit for professional or personal development.

For those wanting to explore these topics but not enrol in the unit, we will also be hosting a one-day conference called Ridley+. The Conference will explore these topics through a series of talks and discussions featuring Scott Harrower, Mike Bird and John Dickson.

You can find further information about the content of the units and how to enrol here. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more details about our Ridley+ conference.

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