Registration form: strategic mission week 2019
scholarship information 2019: young adults
printable pdf: course information
Join students, pastors and others with a heart for local and global cross-cultural mission. Learn from experienced cross-cultural and local mission practitioners. 

This course is ideal for people who:

  • seek to further understand the mission of God 
  • want to develop practical skills for effective and appropriate local and global ministry
  • are discerning a call to cross-cultural ministry 
  • want to learn and reflect before and after short-term mission experiences 
  • seek meaningful professional development for pastoral or church-based mission roles
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Course Details:
  • The course runs from 21 - 25 January at Kew Baptist Church, Newnham Hall, 16 Highbury Grove, Kew Victoria.
  • Kew Baptist Church is a short walk from tram routes 16, 24, 48 and 109 and a 20 minute walk from Glenferrie train station. 
  • Session times are 9:30am - 4:30pm, with 8:30am - 9:30am optional (encouraged!) sessions.
  • Cost is $350 (inc GST). Global Interaction will email you an invoice. This includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
  • Soon after registration you will receive online access to pre-reading articles. These are compulsory for those seeking academic credit, and strongly encouraged for those who are participating for interest. 
  • Parking is available onsite at the Kew Student Residence carpark, the Kew Baptist Church car park or on the streets nearby.
  • Kew Student Residence is next door to the church, and will be the venue for lunches for all participants. Those staying on site will have a single bed in a twin room (singles will have their own room). Mens and womens bathrooms are shared, as are the dining room and lounge areas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included ($55 per night). See the website for more info.
Course Facilitators:
Click the facilitator's names for more information. 

 is the Global Interaction Consultant for Community Development and has a long history with Global Interaction. He and his wife Bethany served in both South Asia and South East Asia. John has a wealth of knowledge and experience in community development, including project design and building local sustainability. 

Walt is Global Interaction’s Consultant for Special Ministries. He and his wife Jeanine served with a team of Australians in South Asia and Thailand from 1977-1993. Walt is a natural story-teller. He helps Global Interaction teams and others to reflect deeply on the Gospel and on their cross-cultural living and interaction and enhances their understanding of local religious and cultural perspectives, strengthening their ability to communicate the message of Jesus.

Mark is the Director of Ministries and works with our cross-cultural teams to help them develop effective, authentic and innovative ways to engage people and communities and share the Good News of Jesus across cultural and religious divides. He is an ordained and accredited Baptist Pastor and has considerable experience in cross-cultural ministry among least-reached people groups as well as pastoral experience in the Australian Church. 

Ian is the lecturer in intercultural studies at Whitley College and served with his family in  Malawi for more than 20 years. Ian spends four months a year working with a Ciyawo-English Dictionary Project, supports strategic formation ministries for the Yawo team and also prepares cross-cultural staff for culture and language acquisition. and assist teams to think strategically about their ministry. 

The team of facilitators will be joined by cross-cultural workers who will present case studies about current issues.
2019 cross-cultural worker participants:

Luke and Belle – cross-cultural workers, Thailand
Tobias and Heather – cross-cultural workers, Mozambique
David and Eliza – cross-cultural workers, Silk Road Area
Bek and Scott – cross-cultural workers, Mozambique
Michael – preparing to serve, South East Asia

“Unless pastors and leaders operate like missionaries in their own ministry context, learning the culture and language of their own communities, growing numbers of ordinary Australians will fail to hear the Good News of Jesus in ways that make sense to them. Strategic Mission Week is a unique opportunity for local pastors to rub shoulders with, learn from and dialogue with some of the world’s most thoughtful and experienced mission practitioners.” Ryan Smith, Global Interaction State Director VIC/TAS

"We desperately need more leaders and missionaries equipped to exegete not just the Bible but our neighbourhoods, who are prepared to listen to their neighbours of all different faiths (or no faith), and who are inspired to speak about the Gospel in culturally-appropriate and imagination-grabbing ways. That is why I am thankful for 
Global Interaction and Whitley's Strategic Mission Week course." 
Darren Cronshaw, Mission Researcher, Baptist Union of Victoria

“Living as we do in a post-Christian world, we in the church can no longer assume that our neighbours understand anything at all about the Good News of Jesus. If we’re to communicate in a meaningful way, we must first analyse the worldviews of the culture in which we live. It is in the context of these worldviews that our message will be decoded and evaluated. Strategic Mission Week teaches us how to do this well. Only then, can we make some headway in mission!”
Chris Barnden, Regional Pastor, Baptist Union of Victoria

Comments from 2018 participants:
  • ‘I appreciated the opportunity to spend time with cross-cultural travellers and cross-cultured locals.’ 
  • ‘ It was an absolute blessing to hear from these faithful people of God, immersing myself more in the stories of Jesus, seeking ways to nourish my spirituality in different contexts’
  • ‘The case studies really helped put ‘feet’ on the learning’
  • ‘It’s incredible how many years of experience are represented in the room – what a privilege it was to be part of it!’
  • ‘Staying at the KSR gave the time to continue the discussions from sun up to sun down’
  • ‘This was so good, next year I’ll encourage others from my community to do it

Whitley College
A dynamic educational community, set within the pleasant parklands of Parkville, offering a unique study experience. Students come to Whitley for a range of purposes: as a place to engage in theological studies, and as a resource for ongoing professional development. For all, Whitley College is a community where people can grow. The community life is based upon values of respect for every individual and an encouragement for each person to grow in all aspects of life: academic, physical, social and spiritual. Some other mission subjects on offer in 2019 are Biblical Perspectives on Poverty and Transformational Development, Reading Scripture Interculturally and Understanding Islam and our Muslim Neighbours.

Baptist Union of Victoria
The aim of the BUV’s Mission Catalyst Team is to realign our churches for mission, and develop and communicate a vision for Christ-centred, Kingdom-oriented mission. There is a great need within our state for us to become more focused on the people around our churches, and for us to begin to focus on how we can reach them more effectively. Our intention is to help churches to follow the call of Christ to go out into the world and make disciples, and in doing so increase the Kingdom of God.

Kew Student Residence
KSR provides affordable accommodation for students from any background who are studying higher education in Melbourne. Our supportive community enables students to grow and learn as they prepare for life after study. We strive to provide a positive and safe environment with the encouragement of resident managers and support staff who live onsite. Students at KSR make friends for life.

Kew Baptist Church
We are a diverse group of people with a rich heritage of faith and community that goes back 162 years in Kew. Our doors are open to everyone. We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life for all people. We seek to Grow spiritually through engaging in daily spiritual disciplines; Gather regularly in community at Sunday worship, in Small Groups and Prayer Huddles; Give of ourselves in service to others and be generous with our lives; Go into all the world to share the love and good news of Jesus.