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Please join us at the 8th Annual Research Conference on Contemporary Ministry.

Releasing new perspectives and providing a forum for the discussion of issues facing Christian ministers and leaders today. Sponsored by Alphacrucis College Melbourne Campus


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Justice and Christian Ministry

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September 6 & 7, 2018. 8:30am - 4:40pm both days.


Ash Barker, PhD, lived and served in Bangkok’s largest slum for over 12 years (2002-2014). Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ash founded and led Urban Neighbours Of Hope (1993-2014) and Surrender Conferences (2003-07) before moving to inner city Birmingham, UK to establish Newbigin School for Urban Leadership  ( and to Co-Convenene An inspiring activist, speaker and educator, Ash is the author of 8 books


Dr Ash Barker will give two keynote addresses around the conference theme. Then a number of scholars (postgraduate students, lecturers from Alphacrucis and other colleges and ministers) will present papers during both days of the conference. These papers will address topics linked to these areas, among others:

  • Justice in the workplace
  • Economic justice and Christian ethics
  • Pastoral care of church attenders with tough issues
  • Local churches and wider community
  • Equality and inequality in churches
  • Biblical and theological perspectives on related topics
  • Servant leadership
  • Christian ministers and their families

Dinner: There will be a conference dinner on the night of Thursday, September 6.


VENUE: CityLife Church, 1248 High Street Road, Wantirna South 3152 (click here to go to Google Maps)

DATE AND TIME: September 6 & 7, 2018. 8:30am-4:40pm on both days.

DINNER: Thursday, September 6 at 6.30pm, Wantirna Club, Stud Rd, Wantirna 3152 (click here to go to Google Maps)



Registrations close on Monday, September 3. Early Bird prices valid to July 13.

Enquiries to Dr Jon Newton, Alphacrucis College Melbourne, 1 Keith Campbell Court, Scoresby, VIC 3179 or to / +61 3 8799 1154.


The annual Research Conference on Contemporary Ministry has been running since 2011, with the goals of stimulating research and giving higher education faculty members, students and visitors a place to present the results of their research into ministry areas.

We’ve investigated themes such as “Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts” (2012), “Multiple Perspectives on Ministry” (2013), “Cultural Perspectives on Ministry” (2014), “Church and Ministry: a Contemporary Voice” (2015), “Can Theology be Practical?” (2016) and “The Holy Spirit and a Post-Mission World” (2017).

Recent keynote speakers have included Professor Amos Yong (2017), Professor Mark Cartledge (2016) and Dr Graham Hill (2015).

Many of the papers were reshaped and published in journals and even a book based on the 2012 conference.

In support of similar goals, the Journal of Contemporary Ministry was launched in 2015 to provide a place for research stimulated by the conference or relevant to its mission. The keynote addresses from the conference are now published in the following year’s journal.

This year the conference tackles a topic of increasing focus and discussion across the Christian church: Justice and Christian Ministry.  There are other conferences on justice from a Christian perspective. The distinctive feature of this conference will be relating such themes to the practical work of Christian ministry, broadly defined, and its research focus.

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Alphacrucis College hosts a Biennial International Conference. In 2017, we hosted the inaugural conference of the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance (ACHEA) in lieu of the Alphacrucis College Biennial Conference. 

Previous Conferences and Themes:

2015: "Leadership," was held on the 7th of July 2015, at AC Parramatta campus. Keynote address was by Dr Tony Golsby-Smith, CEO, 2nd Road. Selected papers from this conference are available here.

2013: "Pentecostal Theology in the Marketplace". Selected papers from this conference are published in the Australian Pentecostal Studies journal.

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